If it seems like you are getting nowhere with your cleaning or that it is taking longer than you would like, then you need to get rid of some common cleaning mistakes that could be slowing everything down for you.
Using a Dirty Wipe for Glass
If you try to clean glass with a cloth, but you keep leaving streaks behind, then the problem is with your cloth. Make sure you start with a fresh cloth every time you go to clean a new pain of glass.
Using Old Rags
The rags you use to clean your car or dust furniture need to be clean ones. It’s tempting to use the same rag you have been using to conserve money, but you are better off buying disposable rags or just cleaning out the rag with some detergent or hot water to make it usable again.
Not Soaking Dishes
The time it takes to clean really dirty dishes could be better spent elsewhere if you just let the dishes presoak. Just put those nasty plates and pots in some hot, soapy water for 5-10 minutes, then come back and see how easily the grime starts to come off.
Using the Wrong Tools
You need the right cleaning tool for each job. The maids at DiamondClean recommend that you “don’t try to sweep a small room with a large broom”. Don’t try to vacuum with the wrong attachment. Find the right tool for every cleaning job and see how much faster your work goes. You may have to buy a few extra products, but it can be worth it to save some time.
Vacuuming with a Full Bag
Speaking of vacuuming, be sure to clean out the vacuum cleaner bag every so often. You should check it every time you plan to start vacuuming. If you clean it, the vacuum will be more powerful and leave less debris behind.
Overdoing the Detergent
You might think that using more detergent makes the works go faster, but that’s not the case every time. You can end up with a soapy residue on the clothes or dishes you are washing, so you may want to tone down the amount of detergent you use to get better results and spend less time washing off clean items.
Not Being Organized
You need to have a plan for where to put everything and how to manage your time. Clean each room in order and ensure that you clean in an orderly fashion to avoid going back and forth to the same areas with small loads and wasting your time.
Working from the Bottom Up
It might feel easier to start on the bottom and clean upwards, but when you do that, you can make some of the debris from up above fall on areas you already cleaned.
Cleaning When You Are Tired
You don’t want to save all your cleaning for the end of the day. Do a bit through the day so that you don’t have too much to do all at once at the end when you are already tired.
Scrubbing Every Stain
Not all stains are going come out by scrubbing them. In fact, you can make the stain worse. Know when to scrub and when to blot to get out stains more effectively.