When you are cleaning, it is best to avoid unnecessary tasks, and in turn, save yourself some time. We have a few things that will save you time and energy when tackling your cleaning tasks.
1. If it isn’t dirty, don’t clean it. This rule isn’t as dumb as it sounds. You’d be amazed at the amount of time that is wasted cleaning surfaces that weren’t dirty to begin with. When Clean Team trainees first tackle the front of a refrigerator, for example, their first impulse is to spray the whole thing head to foot with Red Juice. Meanwhile, the old pros size it up and spot-clean the fingerprints, polish the chrome, and move on. The result in both cases: a clean door – but with an obvious difference in time. Vertical surfaces are almost never as dirty as horizontal ones, and areas high up in a room are cleaner than lower ones. So all parts of a room don’t merit equal zeal or attention.
2. Don’t rinse or wipe a surface before it’s clean. There you are, scrubbing away at something unspeakable on the kitchen counter and wishing you were done. You decide that surely all the grunge is gone by now and you take a chance on rinsing. Alas, the grunge remaineth. But you secretly knew it was still there all along, didn’t you? You were just trying to wish it away. Nice try, but grunge cannot read your mind. And now you endure the time-consuming task of starting all over again.
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