The Ultimate Guide To Speed Cleaning (Tips from Seattle’s cleaning experts!)

The Ultimate Guide To Speed Cleaning (Tips from Seattle’s cleaning experts!)

The team at Pure House Cleaning provides speedy cleaning services week in and week out. We know that many people want to maintain a clean and tidy home, however it can be challenging to dedicate the time for doing a thorough clean in your home.

So in this post, we want to share some of the methods that we use so you can do a thorough clean of your home quickly.

Pure House Cleaning’s Recommended DIY Speed Cleaning Guide

Before you start cleaning, it is important that you do the following.

Create a list of what needs to be cleaned in your home.

The first thing you need to do before picking up any cleaning products is you need to plan what you are going to clean. You need to plan the cleaning tasks that you have ahead of you and then prioritize the cleaning tasks so that you can clean efficiently and quickly.

Secondly, you will set a time estimate for the areas and spaces that you will clean. You will then need to keep yourself accountable for the time that you spend on that task. You can easily use a countdown timer or use a Pomodoro task timer to help you spend a certain amount of time on the cleaning task ahead of you.

Get yourself motivated.

House cleaning
House cleaning

One of the biggest reasons people don’t clean or they clean slowly is because they aren’t motivated. The best way to motivate yourself is to play audio and focus on the tasks that you need to complete. Focus on listening to something that is upbeat and uplifting. 

As long as you have a smartphone, you can load your music playlist and schedule podcasts that you can listen to while you are cleaning.

You can use one of the many house cleaning music playlists that’s available on YouTube.

Remember, you want to make your cleaning experience fun!

Cleaning equipment

Cleaning Equipment
Cleaning Equipment

To clean quickly and effectively, you need to have the right cleaning equipment. We recommend the following setup.

  • Sponges and scourers.
  • Yellow dusters/microfibre cloths.
  • Glass polishing cloths.
  • Cleaning brushes.
  • A mop and bucket.
  • A dustpan and brush.
  • Protective gloves.
  • A plastic caddy to carry the essentials.
  • Robotic vacuum cleaners
  • Portable cordless vacuum cleaners on both floors for quick high traffic area clean up

Cleaning Products

To effectively clean your place, you want to make sure you have the right cleaning products. Please use the following list as a reference.

  1. Furniture polish.
  2. Glass cleaner.
  3. Multipurpose cleaner.
  4. Disinfectant.
  5. Mildew cleaner.
  6. De-scaler.
  7. Degreaser.
  8. Floor cleaner.
  9. Bleach.
  10. Sanitiser.
  11. Toilet cleaner.
  12. Washing up liquid.
  13. Oven cleaner.
  14. Laundry detergent.
  15. Dishwasher chemicals.
  16. Tile and grout cleaner.

You should also keep all of the cleaning equipment that you plan to use nearby. This can be in a basket or a portable trolley to help you clean areas quickly.

How can you clean your home fast and efficiently?

Step 1 – Remove items that create odor.

Take out any rubbish
Take out any rubbish

Collect any items that within your home that creates an unpleasant odor. Remove any garbage and place it in external garbage disposals.


Secondly, open the windows and doors to ventilate your home.

Step 2 – Use citrus odors to create a “Freshness” in the air.

Citrus fragrances
Citrus fragrances

There are a few easy ways you can do this.

  1. Use diffusers, odor dispensers, or scented candles that provide a “citrus smell” to change the scent in the room. High-quality ones like those from the Glasshouse range can last for a few months.
  2. Use cleaning products that have a citrus smell.

Step 3 – Start your laundry

Washing machine
Washing machine

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Start your laundry and let it run while you are doing your other cleaning tasks. Sort your washing and set them to run for the designated time (30-60 minutes per load).

In general, avoid keeping your laundry inside any laundry equipment. Instead, keep your laundry in a designated breathable basket and wash your laundry on a designated day. This will minimise smells in your washing machine.

We also recommend that your laundry washers (front or top loader) doors be opened at all times. Increased ventilation will prevent build-up of foul smells.

Step 4 – Clean your floor spaces.

Clean your floor spaces
Clean your floor spaces

The floor spaces within your home need to be cleaned. If you have carpets, simply vacuum the carpeted areas within your home. 

Please keep in mind that you should get your carpets professionally cleaned at least 1-2 times a year.

If your home has hard surface flooring, you can vacuum the floor, which will do a quick job. To get that extra bit of cleanliness, you will need to clean the floors as well. This will be quicker if you have a machine that can clean and polish your hard-surface flooring. Otherwise, you can use a mop and bucket to clean your floor.

Step 5 – Clean and wipe down your kitchen and bathrooms.

Clean kitchen
Clean kitchen

Pay extra attention to the shiny surfaces like faucets, mirrors, glass surfaces, lighting. Clean shiny surfaces to enhance the overall cleanliness and aesthetic appeal. 

Step 6 – Clean your high-traffic areas and walkways.

Clean hallway
Clean hallway

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Mop or vacuum these areas to minimize the amount of dust build-up. Move clutter away so your space looks minimalistic. Wipe down any furniture, walls and ornaments as well.

Step 7 – Wipe down mirrors and glass objects in your home. 

Bathroom mirror
Bathroom mirror

As part of visual perception of cleanliness, it is essential that mirrors are sparkling clean. For mirrors to be free of streaks or foggy film, take the following steps.

  • Wipe down mirror with a damp cloth or paper towels.
  • Dry it off with dry microfiber cloth or paper towels. (Be careful as paper towels are not recommended because some of them leave visible paper dust.)

Step 8 – Clean the walls

Clean walls
Clean walls

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Quick spot cleaning can be achieved using soft sponge and mild dishwashing soap. Some markings can be removed using simple pencil eraser.

Step 9 – Wipe your ceiling/fans/lights

Ceiling fan
Ceiling fan

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High areas should be addressed every 6 months or as part of your annual “Spring Cleaning”.

Step 10 – Clean your windows

Washing windows
Washing windows

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Do quick spot cleaning using simple pure alcohol and water solution should do wonders to a lasting appeal. Also focus only on sliding door galls, above kitchen sync windows and doors with glass inlays.

“It can be easy to underestimate the amount of time it takes to keep your home clean. Many find that once they get started, the list seems to never end.

From toilets to kitchens, pet hair to baseboards, there are a few key tricks to help make sure you don’t miss a spot.

First, make sure you are using different cleaning rags and towels in different rooms (you don’t want to be using the same rag in the bathroom that you do in the bedroom.)

Second, use a list! Professionals will work off of a checklist.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is a family member, friend or professional, don’t go at it alone! Your time is precious and as much as we all love a clean home, your time can be better spent elsewhere.”

Michelle Spitzer – MaidPro

To make it easier for you to keep your home clean, commit to maintaining a clean environment.

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