Here’s an odd question: How do you clean your house? For many people, it’s room by room. They start in the kitchen, then go to the bathroom, bedrooms, etc. That style is zone cleaning. It gets the job done. But, what if there were a faster way to do it?
There is a faster way. It’s called task cleaning. Instead of cleaning one room at a time, you do one task at a time in every room of the house. You will walk more, but you will get the work done faster.
Let’s look at a few tips before we start breaking down the task list.
- Work from the highest point in a room to the lowest. Dust falls so it will cover any surface you already cleaned below it.
- Work from left to right so you don’t miss anything. Start by the main entry point and work to the right.
- Keep key cleaning supplies close to where they’re used. For example, keep bathroom cleansers in the bathroom, dusting supplies near the living space, separate vacuums for each level of the house, etc.
Task Cleaning Blueprint
#1 Dust Entire House
Use a microfiber cloth and/or a duster. Dust each room of the house. Be sure to get the top sides of furniture, the top of books on the shelf, handrails, picture frames, TVs, and decorative items. If something has a stubborn fingerprint, rub it with a damp microfiber cloth.
#2 Handle Fabric Items
This step addresses anything in the house that’s fabric. Strip the beds and remake them. Straighten out pillows and fold lap blankets. When needed, use a vacuum attachment to clean fabric furniture.
#3 Clean Glass and Mirrors
Take glass cleaner and microfiber cloths. Visit every part of the house that has glass items or mirrors. Spray each item down. Wipe with a moist cloth, then polish with a dry cloth.
#4 Clean Hard Surfaces
Hard surfaces usually refer to surfaces such as kitchen counters, bath countertops, side tables, and the dining table. However, you should also include light switches, door handles, phones, and TV remotes in this sweep. Use a damp cloth to wipe all these surfaces. Use a disinfectant as needed.
#5 Clean the Kitchen and Bathroom
Spray cleaner on the sinks, tubs, and toilets in each of the rooms. Then, return to each room and scrub them down. Rinse and dry as needed. Return to the kitchen and wipe down the inside of the microwave. Wipe the cabinet and appliance doors.
#6 Sweep and Mop Hard Floors
Sweep all hard-surface floors, such as tile, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and concrete. Then, mop or scrub each surface. In the bathroom, spray disinfectant on the floor before mopping. Be sure to get around the toilet and along the wall/cabinet edges.
#7 Vacuum the House
Pick a room; grab your Roborock S6 black and start vacuuming. Work your way from room to room until everything is done. Don’t worry about detail vacuuming. Just keep moving. You’ll catch the spots you missed next week.
Task cleaning offers you the ability to tackle the entire house. The first few times you do it, it might take longer than an hour. However, as you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to do the entire house in an hour or less.
About The Author: Jacky Lou. Coffee lover. Hipster-friendly webaholic. Typical travel aficionado. She loves decorating, finding the best eats (and drinks), and very enthusiastic with home interior designing and improvements.
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