Keeping your home clean can feel like an endless battle against dirt, grime, and clutter. As much as we’d all love to live in a perpetually tidy oasis, finding the time and energy for heavy-duty cleaning amid our busy schedules can be a challenge. However, with a few clever shortcuts and cleaning hacks, you can cut your cleaning time significantly while still achieving sparkling results.
The cleaning professionals at Maid8 know all the insider tricks for faster, more effective cleaning. We’ve put together our favorite time-saving hacks so you can get a spotless home in half the time. Keep reading for pro tips to dust, scrub, deodorize, and declutter your way to a flawless home with less effort.
Speed Clean Your Kitchen
The kitchen sees a lot of action, so it’s prone to grease splatters, food stains, and grimy countertops. But you don’t need to spend all day scrubbing to get it guest-ready clean.
First focus on easy high-impact areas: wipe down appliances, clean the sink and faucet fixtures, spot treat splatters on the backsplash, and switch out hand towels. Next, quickly sanitize all dining surfaces by spraying everything down with an all-purpose cleaner and wiping clean.
Finally, run any dirty dishes through the dishwasher and take out the trash. Adding a new air freshener or scented candle also helps kitchens smell as clean as they look. Doing these targeted tasks makes even the busiest kitchen look and feel fresh in minutes.
Speed-Clean Tricks for Bathrooms
Bathrooms require heavy-duty scrubbing to combat soap scum, hard water stains, mold, and mildew. But you can cut your cleaning time significantly with targeted quick cleaning.
Start by spraying down the whole bathroom with an all-purpose cleaner. While it sits, wipe down the mirror and glass shower doors. Then scrub the sink, faucet, and toilet thoroughly since these high-touch areas impact overall cleanliness perception the most.
Next, use cleaning wipes for a speedy once-over on tile floors. Look for any lingering soap scum in the tub and wipe it away by spraying straight vinegar and rinsing with hot water. Finish by quickly tidying up towels, toiletries and wiping down counters.
Put the finishing touch on your bathroom blitz by taking out trash cans, opening a window to air out moisture and placing scented reed diffusers or candles for an extra-clean smell.
Easy Dust-Busting Tricks
Dusting is one of those universally dreaded chores. Not only is it time-consuming, but dust has a sneaky way of resettling again quickly, which feels like a waste of effort. Luckily, we have some pro dust-busting hacks so you can cut your dusting time way down.
First, gather up all dusty decorative items like vases, frames, and knickknacks and place them in a large garbage bag. Give the bag a few energetic shakes outside to remove all loose dust at once. Wipe each item down with a microfiber cloth before replacing decor.
For fabric furniture like couches or chairs, simply take them outside and give them a few firm pats to release embedded dust and lint. Vacuum upholstery afterward to lift out anything remaining.
Finally, quickly run unwashable window treatments like drapes through the dryer on air fluff setting so the heat loosens and removes dust. With these tricks, you can dust your whole home in under 20 minutes!
Quick Floor Cleaning Strategies
Floors take a real beating and show every bit of dirt. And extensive floor cleaning can eat up your precious weekend time. So we have craftily combined machine power with targeted spot cleaning for faster polished floors.
First, use your vacuum cleaner everywhere, moving furniture if needed to expose all areas rugs may hide. For bare floors or linoleum, lightly damp mop if needed for sticky spots or muddy paw prints. But avoid full wet mopping, which is time-consuming and allows floors to take much longer to dry.
Instead, quickly mask scuffs by rubbing them with leftover pieces of crayon in a matching color. Fill in any deeper scratches with colored putty sticks made for wood repairs. Use strategically placed area rugs to cover over badly worn pathways or irreparable stains.
With these shortcuts, you can make dingy floors look dramatically cleaner in just minutes!
Declutter and Organize Your Way to a Cleaner Home
Clutter competes visually with cleanliness, making even freshly cleaned rooms look messy. Decluttering and organizing clear the decks so your thorough cleaning efforts can truly shine.
Start by setting a timer and quickly sorting through each room’s clutter catchalls, like countertops, coffee tables, dressers, or the infamous junk drawer. Be ruthless — either trash it, put it away, or create a giveaway pile. Any items you hesitate over get boxed up to re-evaluate later when you have more time.
Next, whip through cabinets, toy boxes, linen closets, pantries and other storage zones at lightning speed, purging anything you don’t need or use. Remember: empty spaces visualize cleanliness. So creating breathing room in crowded storage areas automatically makes rooms look their best.
Finally, install clever storage hooks, bins, racks, or organizational systems anywhere clutter tends to accumulate. These solutions corral future mess before it erupts, maintaining tidy rooms with little effort.
A Fresh Coat of Paint Works Magic
We all know the transformative effect a fresh coat of paint has on tired, grimy rooms. This low-effort hack lets your cleaning triumphs really stand out for maximum visual impact.
For best results, start by properly prepping walls: Fill any holes or cracks with spackle, remove loose paint by lightly sanding, then wash walls with sugar soap. Painting onto damaged or dirty walls just seals in flaws.
Next, apply two coats of high-quality, zero-VOC latex paint for bright white walls that instantly freshen up space. For darker accent walls, gloss or soft-sheen finishes highlight and enhance dramatic colors.
Carefully cut-in edges with painter’s tape and a small trim brush. Then quickly roll large areas using paint roller extensions so you don’t need to lug ladders from spot to spot. Finish by thoughtfully placing new mirrors or framed art that reflects both light and your shiny clean efforts.
Multi-Task to Shave Off Cleaning Time
One shortcut busy folks overlook is combining cleaning tasks that use the same tools or motions. Stringing similar chores together lets you check more boxes off your list in the time it takes to tackle just one task.
For example, wipe kitchen counters down while simultaneously loading dishes into an empty dishwasher nearby. Or quickly run laundry through the wash while simultaneously folding clean items from your last load.
You can also scrub the whole main floor’s tile and floors while simultaneously running your robot vacuum to suck up debris. Doing double duty as you move about the house lets you make rapid progress without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
DIY Cleaning Products Save Money and Time
Store-bought cleaners work well enough. But they can get pricey, especially for heavy-duty messes that require heavy product use. Luckily, you likely have all the ingredients on-hand already to whip up inexpensive DIY cleaning potions that rival store versions’ cleaning power.
All-purpose cleaner – Mix 1⁄2 cup white vinegar, 1⁄4 cup baking soda, 10 drops essential oils, and 4 cups warm water. Decant into spray bottles for easy application while cleaning.
Glass cleaner – Mix 2 cups water, 1⁄4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice, and 2 tbsp corn starch or vodka. The alcohol helps clean without streaking.
Disinfectant – Mix 5 tbsp bleach into 1 gallon water. Be sure to never mix bleach with other cleaners, especially acidic ones like vinegar.
Using natural cleaning boosters like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon cuts down on plastic waste from commercial cleaners too. But homemade blends work just as effectively if you play up their strengths.
Call in the Cleaning Cavalry
Even armed with all these insider tricks for faster home cleaning, tackling a deep scrub of your entire home can still be daunting. And it may take more effort than your schedule allows. At times like these, calling in the cleaning pros pays off exponentially by restoring your valuable personal time.
Maid services like Maid8 take all the heavy lifting out of home cleaning. Our extensively trained teams use commercial-grade steamers, disinfectants, vacuums, and scrubbers to deep clean thoroughly from floor to ceiling. And we know all the insider hacks to work lightning fast without cutting corners.
Maid8’s non-toxic cleaning protocols also protect kids and pets while cleaning. And our flexible scheduling options make it easy to book one-time blitz cleanings or recurring home maintenance cleanings.
Bring in Maid8 anytime your home cleaning needs reinforcements so you can get your weekends back. Contact us today for sparkling cleaning results minus the backbreaking effort!