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23Jan

How To Clean Like A Pro // Part 1 Of An Epic Guide

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There’s nothing like coming home to a house that’s been cleaned by a real cleaning pro.  The house seems to be on a next-level type of clean that you would never get if you cleaned your house – until now that is.  So if you’re ready to learn how to clean your house like a pro – or even if you clean professionally and need a few cleaning hacks – today is your lucky day!  

To clean your house like a pro, you need to have a desire to clean in the smartest manner that produces the most brilliant result.  

That means you have to want to clean smarter, better and faster.  And to do that doesn’t take much – it just requires a strategy and practice, practice, practice!   

Because I’ve had the opportunity to train so many beginners – including some absolutely terrible cleaners –  on how to clean professionally, I know all the right things you need to do to start cleaning with next-level magic today!  

But before we go any further, I want you to know there’s only one thing that separates a pro from an amateur…

It’s not about what you clean – there is no magic cleaning routine that’ll make you clean like a pro – it’s how you clean.  There’s an art to it…the same way you’ll never be able to paint your nails as good as a nail tech! You have to be taught how to do it.

So let’s cut the small talk and jump straight into the 13 point framework you need to truly clean your house like a pro – or better yet, a bonafide cleaning Goddess!

Rule One // Clean Task By Task

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

To clean task by task, you simply work on one task at a time and once it’s completed in the entire house, you move on to the next task.  Broad cleaning tasks typically include dusting, bathrooms, kitchen, floors.  

WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS

Not only does this help prevent you from becoming distracted, you can easily and quickly move throughout the house because you only need cleaning products and tools related to that one task.  And because you’re doing the same task over and over, you’ll be able to get a good workflow or system going which will help you finish up the job a lot quicker!!

HOW TO CLEAN TASK BY TASK

Instead of cleaning a room at a time – dusting and vacuuming then moving on to the next room to do the same – dust the entire house.  Once you finish dusting everything, choose the next task – follow a routine – swap out your supplies and hop on to the next thing!  

If this is a new way of cleaning for you, I’ll be honest, you may not clean faster the first time you try it.  But stick with it! Once you get the hang of it, I promise you will literally clean with lightning speed!

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // How To Clean Your Dirty Bathroom Super Fast – And Keep It Clean for my advice on cleaning thoroughly in the fastest, smartest way possible.  It also comes with an ultra-deep cleaning routine + checklist that will transform your bathroom!

Rule Two // Follow The Classic Rules Of Cleaning 

WHAT ARE THE RULES

 The classic rules of cleaning are as follows // Work From Left to Right + Top To Bottom +  Back To Front. I don’t care what you’re cleaning – you should always use these rules to guide your cleaning process.  It’s simple and the smartest way to clean.

WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS

Follow these rules to ensure you’re always cleaning in a manner that is smart.  If you do it right, you’ll almost never have to reclean anything! Using these rules also helps you to always know exactly where to start in a room.  Just memorize these rules and then let them guide you.  

WAYS TO USE THESE CLASSICS

Ex 1 // When you dust, always start with the highest point first and work your way down:   ceiling fans, along ceilings for cobwebs, blinds and then furniture.  

Ex 2 // When cleaning a counter, wipe along the edges of the counter first and then clean it starting from the back and work your way to the front.  

Ex 3 // When vacuuming a bedroom, plug your vacuum near the entrance of the room.  Then start vacuuming at the furthest point in the room, working your way out of the room – back towards the entrance.  

Rule Three // Routines Are Life 

WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT

Create unstoppable momentum by using routines!  Always know where to start & what to do no matter how messy or cluttered an area is.  Following the same routine will dramatically reduce your cleaning time.  And improve your confidence as well.    

HOW TO PUT INTO ACTION

Create a simple cleaning routine for the whole house and follow it.  List out the order you want to go in to clean your house. For example, you can decide to always dust first, clean the laundry room second, bathrooms third, kitchen fourth and floors last.  Don’t overthink it.  

Then let’s break the routine down a bit further and create a routine for each room.  For instance, create a bathroom cleaning routine, a kitchen cleaning routine, etc.    

Depending on how often you clean, you will need to follow your routines for a month or two before they really stick but once they do, you will shave a ridiculous amount of time off your cleanings!  

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // The Ultimate Fail-Proof Cleaning Schedule For Working Moms.  Why?  Because if you follow it right, your house will stay clean most of the time –  even if you don’t have time to clean!

Rule Four // Remember, It’s Not Clean Unless You Clean It

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Before you panic, no I don’t mean you have to clean everything. Have you ever thought something was clean but later, upon closer examination, realized it was actually dusty, dirty or both.   Get into the habit of assuming everything needs to be cleaned regardless of how clean it looks from a distance.  

A good rule of thumb to follow is it’s not clean until you clean it! Skipping surfaces or areas is a surefire way to keep your house from sparkling.  

HOW TO PUT INTO ACTION

Sometimes you don’t realize how dirty something is until you wipe it one time – so wipe it.  An example is an unused bathroom.  It may be clean, but guess what?  It’s probably dusty.  You’ll need to wipe the dust from all surfaces so it can shine.

Rule Five // Let Your Products Do the Heavy Lifting

WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS

If you’re having to scrub away at something to the point of exhaustion, rest assured there is an easier way.  You just need to find it. There are so many awesome products and techniques available that will do this part.   

ACTION PLAN

You will mainly experience this dealing with grimy surfaces in your bathrooms and kitchen.  Basically, as soon as you’ve cleared the clutter from the surfaces, pre-treat them!  That means spray counters, cabinets, tubs, showers, etc. with the appropriate product and let it dwell.  

How long should you let your cleaning products dwell?  Follow the instructions on the product or experiment if it’s a DIY cleaning product.   You want to give your products time to work for you so that all you have to do is lightly scrub, wipe, dry and move on to the next thing!  

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ //  How To Clean Your House In 2 Hours (Or Just Super Fast!)  Perfect for people that ironically, never have time to clean!

Rule Six // Learn Multiple Techniques That Give Sparkling Results

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN

A technique is simply a step-by-step way to do something.  There’s more than one way to clean a mirror.  There’s more than one way to clean a stove. Learn a few.  

WHY YOU NEED TO DO THIS

Sometimes, one technique you’ve always used simply doesn’t work anymore.  Maybe you’ve moved houses and what you used on your old fridge doesn’t work on your new one.  Or maybe you ran out of glass cleaner or some other cleaning product and think you’re doomed! But that’s so not the case.   

MOVING FORWARD 

Whenever you can, learn an additional way to clean something you find challenging.  Try cleaning a mirror without cleaner or google a way to clean an oven. If you want to clean your house like a pro, having a plan a, b and c is a must!    

Rule Seven //  Don’t Let Clutter Handle You

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Clutter can be overwhelming but if you want to clean your house like a pro, you need to always be able to let clutter know who is boss!  Not knowing what to do with clutter or how to move it leads to longer cleaning times or surfaces simply not being cleaned at all.  

HOW TO EASILY MOVE CLUTTER OUT OF THE WAY

For surfaces that are cluttered or just have a lot of items on them, you can do one of two things: 

Option 1 // Starting at the left edge of the counter or surface, shift the items to the right to clear a small section of the surface.  Clean that small section and then place the appropriate items back in the section neatly. Move down the surface that needs to be cleaned, cleaning it a section at a time, by temporarily shifting the items to the right.  

Option 2 // You can simply remove the items from the surface altogether.  Either place the items on the floor, in a bin or in a basket. Once you’re done cleaning the surface, place the items back on the surface neatly.

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // Try This Pragmatic Declutter Method For Practical People to easily banish your clutter issues!  And grab an epic room-by-room declutter guide.

Rule Eight // Keep Your Cleaning Materials + Equipment In Impeccable Shape

WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS

Raggedy rags leave lint.  Dull razors scratch.  Clogged spray bottles don’t spray.  Dirty vacuum cleaners get clogged up – and spit dirt back onto the floor.  All of these things slow you down.  

ACTION PLAN 

No one wants to spend time doing anything longer than they actually have to – especially cleaning.  So if you want to clean your house fast like a pro, keep your equipment and supplies like vacuum cleaners and cleaning cloths maintained.  

Prolong the life of your cleaning towels by using mild detergent and air-drying them.  And yes, you actually need to wash those filters and clean those brush rolls.   

EVERYTHING IN MY EPIC FAIL-PROOF CLEANING CADDY // all-purpose cleaner + apron + bucket + caddy + disposable gloves + extension cord + floor cleanerfurniture polish + glass towel + high duster + microfiber towels + mold & mildew remover + mop + pumice stone + scour sponges + small trash bags + soft scrub + tile & grout brush + vacuum

Rule Nine // Inspect Your Work From Different Angles 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

What you see when you clean is different from what you see when you’re living in the house so to speak.  Not looking at a room or surface from different angles is a good way to miss spots and stains that are very noticeable.  

HOW TO INSPECT YOUR WORK FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES

When you clean your dining room table, for example, grab a chair and sit down for a second.  Now, look at the table. What you see when you stand over the table cleaning is different from what you may see when you sit down.  

Be sure to remember this as you clean throughout the house.  Double-checking your work and checking rooms – and surfaces – from different angles is an absolute must if you want to clean your house like a pro. 

Rule Ten // Don’t Just Wipe, Actually Clean

WHY YOU SHOULD DO THIS

Wiping a surface is really just knocking loose dirt, dust or debris out of the way.  It’s what you do to maintain things in-between cleanings.  But when it’s time to clean, like when you need to get rid of heavy build-up or tough, stuck-on debris, wiping won’t cut it.  

If all you’re doing is wiping surfaces, unless they were just barely dusty, they are not truly clean.   

HOW TO ACTUALLY CLEAN A SURFACE

While I’ve already mentioned you shouldn’t have to throw your back out to clean something, you do need to use a tad bit of effort and be intentional to really clean a surface.  Always press down firmly or apply enough pressure when using a scrubbing pad or cleaning cloth to actually remove buildup.  

HOW TO CHECK TO MAKE SURE A SURFACE IS CLEAN

Just take your hand and run it across the surface.  Your fingers should glide over the surface feeling nothing but smoothness.  If you feel something rough, get back to cleaning!

Rule Eleven // Strive To Be As Efficient As Possible

WHAT THIS MEANS

Basically find a way to deliver a brilliantly clean home with the least amount of energy in the shortest amount of time.  This is really important. 

Some people claim that taking all day to clean means they are doing a good job but that is often not the case.  A lot of times, it simply means you don’t know a better, smarter way to clean.

HOW TO BECOME AN EFFICIENT CLEANER

When it’s time to clean, it should be time to clean – not clean and watch tv or clean and get on Facebook.  Make sure you have all the right tools and products and track your cleaning time.  

HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TIME WHILE CLEANING

If you want to clean your house like a pro, you don’t need to rush but you do need to find the most efficient way to clean.  Tracking your time and looking for ways to improve are excellent ways to do this.  

Start by setting a timer for each task you need to complete.  Let’s say you’re cleaning the kitchen for example. You think it should take you 45 minutes to clean it so you set a timer for 45 minutes.  Well, let’s say the timer went off and an hour later, you’re still in the kitchen.  

You’ve been trying to polish your stainless steel fridge for the past hour.  If that’s the case, you should get rid of your fridge ASAP!  I’m kidding!  But seriously, if it takes you forever to do one small task, that’s your cue to try different techniques and/or products so that you can improve your cleaning time.  

And make sure that being distracted isn’t the reason you’re taking so long.

Rule Twelve // Technically, It’s All About Technique

BREAK IT DOWN

The way you clean something makes all the difference in the world!  If you don’t have proper technique, you end up with crappy results even if you do everything else right.  Think swirls on your fridge or streaky floors after you’ve cleaned them.

TECHNIQUES TO GET YOU STARTED

I believe there are a few techniques that anyone can use when cleaning to get brilliant results most of the time.   Especially when used with the classic rules of cleaning – you are almost guaranteed 5-star brilliance! Here are three cleaning techniques you can use now // 

  • Always work with the grain of a surface whether you’re cleaning appliances, counters or floors.  
  • Clean and dry surfaces with towels that are folded and flat – not crumpled up.  
  • Always vacuum left to right, with the cord behind you.  

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // How To Get A Clean House For Life!  71 Super Actionable Ideas for tips and tricks to keep your house clean without pulling your hair out!

Rule Thirteen // Doing Little Things Adds Major Magic

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Whether you’re actually clean professionally or you’re just trying to clean your house like a pro, doing things not typically on a checklist adds that heart-stopping magical sparkle to a house that pros are known to do! 

WAYS TO ADD MAGIC TO A HOUSE

Don’t worry, it practically takes zero time to add magic!  All you have to do is spend 1-2 minutes in each area or room making small adjustments that will make a big impact.

All you’re doing is tidying up the place.   And it will have a huge impact!

Folding toilet paper, remaking beds so that the sheets are nice and tight, making sure all the blinds are pointing in the same direction, straightening crooked pictures — these are the types of things that make and look a house feel magical.  

Summary

If you really want to clean your house like a pro, make it a point to use these 13 rules when it’s time to clean.   But don’t worry about doing them all it once – that would be pretty crazy. And a recipe for disaster!   

Just start with one rule and work on mastering it.  Give yourself a week or two to get it down pat. Once you get it down, add a second, then a third – and before you know it, you’ll be cleaning your house just like a bonafide pro!  

Part two of this guide will be coming out soon!  If you want to learn techniques that will guarantee your cleanings are always 5-star quality, check back here for an update soon!  

And of course, if you found this content useful, I’d love it if you share this by pinning it on Pinterest or your favorite social media spot. It’s kind of like giving me a virtural high-five! You’re the best, XO — Victoria!

How To Clean Your House Like A Pro // Clean Faster, Smarter & Better With This Epic Guide!


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