How to clean your home quickly

Cleaning your home is one of those chores that has to be done even though it’s so tempting to keep putting it off. However, there are ways you can speed up your cleaning to leave more time for the things you enjoy. The key is to be methodical in the way you attack each room.

Blitz the bathroom

You can clean a bathroom in 10 minutes if you’re really focused. First spritz the sink, bath, mirror and toilet with your kitchen cleaner. Leave it to work while you clean the countertops. Then, using paper towel or microfibre cloth, clean the surfaces starting with the cleanest – the mirror – leaving the dirtiest until last – usually the sink or bath. Then tackle the toilet using disposable wipes that you can throw away.

Recipe for a clean kitchen

Use wet wipes or paper towels to clean the top of the cooker, counters, table and inside the fridge. Spray the sink with a bleach cleaner and wipe. Then spray cupboard doors and walls. Put water and vinegar in a bowl and stick in the microwave on full for 30 seconds to loosen any food before you wipe it down. Then wipe down the doors and walls.

Trap the dust

In the living room, put on a microfibre glove and run your hand over the tables, book shelves and light fixtures. Roll a lint brush over cushions, fabric sofas and rugs to pick up loose hairs.

Tackling the floors

Carpets and rugs can take the most time to clean because of the amount of hair, dust and dirt they collect. They will need hoovering regularly and steam cleaning occasionally. Laminate flooring is far easier to clean, and it creates a modern look. You’ll find laminate flooring, such as these examples at http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/laminate-flooring/cheap-laminate-flooring.html, is suitable for every room in the house. It just needs brushing or hoovering to scoop up any dust and then cleaning with a fairly dry mop.

Cleaning windows

Windows can be a pain to clean because it’s so easy to leave streaky marks. The best way to clean windows is to spray with a window cleaner and then use a squeegee to go from side to side, top to bottom to wipe off the liquid or use rolled-up newspapers to get windows shiny and streak-free.