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Speed cleaning tips from professional cleaners

Paid cleaning is a wonderful short cut to an organised home - if the household budget allows.

But what if your lotto ticket didn't come in?  Take a speed cleaning lesson from the pros.   Paid cleaning services are masters in the art of efficient cleaning.  Watch them as they work - they don't waste time or dawdle, but they get the job done brilliantly at the same time.

Here's how to clean fast and clean right, with tips from the experts.

1. Schedule your cleaning time

Take a tip from the pros and set up a regular weekly cleaning time.  It might be Saturday morning, or every fortnight on a Sunday.   Whatever time you choose, schedule it and clean with intention until you finish, because you won't get it done in fits and starts.

2. Dress for success

Professional cleaners dress for the job in comfortable, washable clothing designed for work.   Set aside a "cleaning uniform".   Consider supportive shoes, rubber gloves and even kneepads.

3. Pick up clutter before you begin

Cleaning is all about surfaces - counters, furniture, appliances, floors.  You can't clean them if you can't see them from all the clutter.

Before you begin to clean do a sweep of the house and pick up all the papers, toys, dirty dishes, shoes and random items - it'll give you a huge head start when you get down to doing the actual cleaning, and you won't be distracted by "tidying" as you go along.

4. Take your tools with you

Oooops!  Forgot the powdered cleaner - better go get it.  Oh no, now I'm here I realise I need toilet duck too.   Where's my cloth?  Where did I leave the Bosisto's Eucalyptus Solution?   

Professional cleaners tote their tools with them.  All their tools.  All the time.  That's why they've finished the entire bathroom in the time it takes the amateur to backtrack to get the cleaning items they need (and getting distracted along the way).

Get yourself a caddy and put everything in it you'll need from one end of the house to the other. Don't forget to include in it a plastic bag for random rubbish you inevitably pick up on your way through.

5. Simplify your supplies

Unless you have arms of steel, you're going to have a problem toting all your cleaning goodies if you use 20 different things.  Think multipurpose.  According to experts, you only need 4 things:

* A light-duty evaporating cleaner (multi-surface cleaner)

* A heavy-duty degreasing cleaner 

* A tile cleaner

* A powdered abrasive cleaner

Bosisto's have some great natural options you can buy in bulk for both multipurpose and heavy duty cleaning - as a bonus, the heavy duty one can double as floor cleaner, too.   Bosisto's Eucalyptus Solution is another magic product which can be used as a tile cleaner, multi-surface cleaner, laundry freshener and toilet cleaner in one.  All with pure essential oils and no harsh chemicals!

6. Get motivated

You won't find professionals stopping to check their Facebook feed or tune in to Dr. Phil.  Amateur cleaners should take their lead and limit distractions as they clean.  Turn off televisions and let the phone go to voicemail to stay focused.

Play upbeat music for an energy boost, or if you're a bookworm you could treat yourself to an audio book that plays on your iPod while you clean.

Cleaning as a team with the kids or friends can also help you stay on track and ease the boredom - how about a cleaning "bee" at each friend's house, and rotate?  Many hands make light work (and don't forget the wine afterwards).   When you allow kids to help you clean, you can make it fun while also teaching them important life skills.

7. Make every movement count

Professional cleaners don't circle a room more than once.  Taking their place before the bathroom sink, they'll spray and wipe the mirror, scrub the sink, wipe down counters and polish fixtures before moving to the right or left and cleaning everything in their path there.  Flitting from one side of the room to the other is a sure path to exhaustion (and missing spots).  Another good tip is always to clean from top to bottom - so start with the light fittings and counter tops and move down to carpets, because dust settles downwards.  Carpets are always last.

8. Tidy up for next time

At the end, professional cleaners clean and return their tools to storage - totes are tidied, spray bottles refilled and soiled cleaning cloths are popped in the washer.  Then, they can hit the ground running next time around instead of being discouraged by "prep".

The finishing touch?  Spritz your newly cleaned home with a home-made lavender refresher spray, or try Bosisto's Lavender Spray.  Love your work!