Need to speed clean? We've all been there. Your in-laws or friends declare they're just popping over to yours as they're 'in the area' but your home looks like a complete bomb site. You quickly think of an excuse as to why you can't have them over and send them on their merry way.
But what if you could blitz your home and have them visit? After all, spontaneous catch ups are always the best! We've set a 30-minute routine and included our best cleaning tips to help you speed clean your house in those times of emergency...
1. Collect your cleaning arsenal
You will need:
- Feather duster
- 2 cloths - 1 for cleaning and 1 for shine
- Cleaning wipes or baby wipes
- Multi-purpose cleaning spray
- Broom, dustpan & brush and hoover
- Black bin bag
- Laundry basket
- Lint roller
Don't fret if you don't have all of these items, just work with what you have. If you're opting for a more eco-friendly clean, you can switch out the wipes for reusable cloths. Now, onto the cleaning checklist...
2. Prioritise your rooms
Where will your guests mainly be? The kitchen around the dining table? The living room or conservatory? Focus on the room you'll be in the most, the bathroom and the entrance area. The other rooms can be left alone.
Don't forget to give the bathroom a quick clean too - guests are bound to want to use the facilities!
3. Set up a timer
Just an ordinary kitchen one or your watch will do. You need to divide the 30 minutes into three 10 minute slots. Giving yourself a deadline will give you the motivation to get everything done and help you prioritise so you don't get stuck on the small stuff.
If you prefer, you could also play one of your favourite playlists or pop some upbeat music on to help spur you on.
4. Tidy and declutter in 10 minutes
Before you start - open the windows and let some fresh air in.
The first 10 minutes is your tidying and decluttering time. Quickly go around and remove any rubbish from your priority rooms, whether that is the kitchen or living room, the hallway and bathroom. Forget about the bedrooms or rooms that aren't likely to be seen.
Put any rubbish into a black bin bag and dump any clutter into a large laundry basket. Once you've removed clutter from all of the surfaces, stash your basket away in a laundry cupboard. You can move any larger items to your bedroom.
Stack papers, magazine and newspapers, fold blankets, straighten out pillows and cushions.
Take this time to also empty any visible bins. I find a full bin always makes the bathroom look messy even if it's spotless!
You should also make sure that your bathroom is looking tidy. Try to hide any clutter away in cupboards, and make sure there is a fresh loo roll in the holder.
5. Dust and wipe surfaces for 10 minutes
Next, wipe down any obvious surfaces with a cleaning cloth. Spray with multi-purpose cleaner then go over with the second cloth.
To really save time, wipe surfaces with cleaning or baby wipes - they're an amazing multitasker. This is a great cleaning hack because they pick up grime and give nearly all surfaces a temporary shine creating the illusion of a spotless surface.
If you have any mirrors, give them a quick wipe. A shiny mirror makes any room look instantly cleaner! In fact, anything that has a shiny surface will help your room look good if you give it a quick buff.
Then take a lint roller or a baby wipe - and quickly go over your sofa and cushions collecting any dust or hair. You can also use a lint roller to clean dusty lampshades if time allows for it.
Just before you go onto the last 10 minutes, close the windows and light some scented candles in your bathroom and priority rooms to disguise any lingering smells. By the time your guests come around your home will be nice and warm, and smell lovely.
For a quick clean, dusting before vacuuming is essential. Check out our other article to find out why.
6. For the final 10 minutes give your home a sweep or vacuum
You're on the home stretch now!
Use your final 10 minutes to sweep and/or hoover your priority room(s). Don't neglect the hallway just in front of your front door as a clean entrance will create the illusion of a clean home and your guests will be hit with that all important good first impression.
Then take a cleaning wipe or baby wipe and go over any areas on the floor that have any visible gunk or grime. They give a sparkling shine for when there isn't time to mop. If you're skirting boards are particularly dusty then give them a quick wipe too, you'll be surprised what a difference it'll make.
My final tip: if you have any snacks to hand, leave them out on the table and distract your guests. While you're off making the tea, they will be busy tucking into them, instead of looking around your home - and noticing any dusty spots!
Thanks for reading! Do you have any tips on how to speed clean your home?
Please let us know in the comments section below!