Cleaning comes with its own challenges. It is one of the reasons some people fall short in that department. However, it is such an important factor, especially when you are a vacation rental host. The key to cleaning well is being efficient. Here are 11 tips on efficient cleaning that will help you save time and money down the line.
Have a cleaning schedule
A routine or a system of doing things is crucial. It is one of the reasons a lot of businesses succeed. In contrast, you are likely to make mistakes or get frustrated when you try to do things all over. To prevent that, try and develop a cleaning schedule and system that ensures you do not miss anything.
Have a place for everything
If you want to clean fast and reduce clutter, always have a place for everything. This includes magazines, shoes, cleaning products, etc. Storage for everything promotes better organization. If you do not have enough space, you can purchase storage baskets that make home arrangements easy.
Have a checklist
Even someone with a good memory can forget things at times. Before you start cleaning, make a checklist of what needs to be done. When you finish, go back to the list and ensure everything is covered.
Have a cleaning caddy
It can be frustrating when you start cleaning only to find you do not have a particular cleaning product or tool. To avoid this, get a cleaning caddy for all your supplies, as this will speed up your rate of cleaning.
Clear the clutter
Before you start cleaning, eliminate all clutter first so that nothing is standing in your way once you start. It will save time as you do not have to keep moving in the middle of cleaning to place items in their rightful place.
“If you’re not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You’re not going to start using it more by shoving it in a closet somewhere.”
― Joshua Becker
Wipe mirrors and glass
Ensure your glass and mirrors do not look cloudy by wiping them frequently. You may not have to wash them with a lot of water, which will only make your job tasking. Getting a Windex glass cleaner will get the job done quickly and effectively.
A lot of dirt and germs harbor on countertops, whether in the bathroom or kitchen counter. While you may have done a good job of cleaning these surfaces, it is also good to disinfect them.
Routinely wash your cleaning tools
If your cleaning supplies are dirty, they will do a lousy job of cleaning. As you clean, your cleaning supplies tend to collect dirt, and that is why they need routine cleaning as well. It will make cleaning easy and faster.
Invest in a good vacuum
Invest in a good vacuum that can easily eliminate all hair from your upholstery or bedding once a guest checks out. A good vacuum with a strong suction can make this happen for you. There are many brands on the market for you to choose from. And if you are in the cleaning business, your goal should be to buy something of quality that will last a long time.
Take before and after pictures (And time stamp them)
One of the major complaints you will get from guests who want a refund is that the space was not clean when they got there. Unfortunately, some of the guests make up such allegations to get a refund. That is why it is important for you to take photos before guests check-in and after they leave. You will have proof to refute any false claim made by a guest.
Top to bottom cleaning, left to right cleaning method
Cleaning from top to bottom ensures you do not have to redo the cleaning because dirt moves from top to bottom. Left to right cleaning also ensures you cover the whole space instead of darting from one corner to the other.
As much as cleaning can be challenging at times, these tips on efficient cleaning can come in handy. They will reduce the time, stress, and work needed to get the job done.