Speed cleaning is the tip most professionals give to anyone wanting to start a cleaning business. A professional cleaner doesn’t have time to dawdle on the job. It’s your job and your time is money – one way to increase your income is to clean more houses. You can do this when you implement a professional speed cleaning routine.
- Don’t waste time
- Don’t dawdle in the house
- Have a plan
- Never deviate from the plan
Cleaning as a profession is more difficult than you can imagine. That’s why having a plan is so important.
Stop and think how you clean your own home. You know where everything is and you know the high traffic/usage areas. That makes it pretty easy, especially when you follow the same process each time you clean your own home.
Now think about cleaning a house you have never cleaned before. If you’re not the owner of the company, this also means you haven’t seen the house before arriving to clean for the first time. That means you could easily find yourself backtracking and wasting time.
Develop a Plan
One way to avoid the backtracking and wasting of time is to develop a plan for cleaning all the homes you service. This is a generic plan that is not floor-plan specific. It tells you where you are going to start cleaning in the home and how you will progress from room-to-room.
For instance, you would never plan to clean the foyer first because you may have to go out to the car for something or someone may come into the home while you are cleaning. This is why you want to start at the back of the house and work your way forward. This cleaning method allows you to clean your way out of the house, leaving no footprints behind.
This same process is used when cleaning each room in the house. The speed cleaning secret is to start at one end of the room and work your way out of the room. This is the key to preventing backtracking and wasting time.
The final part of your speed cleaning routine is how you work with your cleaning caddy. If you have labeled and/or color coded your bottles, you’ll want to make sure the bottle you need it at-hand when you need it. That’s why it’s important to keep your caddy within reach and return each bottle to the caddy when you’re done using it. You’ll avoid backtracking to locate a missing bottle this way.
Once you have a general plan established, it can be modified when working on a team of two or more people. As with anything new, it will take a little time to get used to your speed cleaning method, but eventually it will become second nature and you won’t even have to think about it.
I hope this introduction to speed cleaning helps you get started with a plan for your business. I provide more in-depth information in my special report Cleaning Procedures for Speed and Efficiency. It provides you with step-by-step instructions for arriving at your client’s location, entering the home, and speed cleaning your way from the first room you clean to finalizing the paperwork and exiting the house. These are the exact processes I used in my house cleaning business to successfully stay on schedule in our client homes.
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