I’m a cleaning pro and I can have my home looking spotless in an HOUR – why the details matter

HOME experts make cleaning look so easy—tasks that took mere mortals long, arduous hours and pros minutes to complete.

Cleaning professionals have revealed the secret to getting a house clean in sixty minutes, and you can do it yourself the next time guests come by with minimal notice.

Cleaning your home in just an hour is doable if you focus on details, said one expert


Cleaning your home in just an hour is doable if you focus on details, said one expertPhoto credit: Getty

Apartment Therapy experts have broken down the cleaning strategy you should use to get your house clean in less than an hour.

The first step is to kick people out of the house. A safe rule of thumb? If they don’t help with the cleanup, leave them outside until it’s over, the experts advised.

If your spouse is at home, send them to the park with the kids or ask your older children to play with the pets in the yard.

Then prioritize the bathroom, which Apartment Therapy experts say is “not the place to skimp on cleaning efforts.”

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“For every bathroom your guests might use, perform a thorough cleaning, making sure to polish mirrors and fixtures and making sure the toilets are spotless,” the pros wrote.

The kitchen also deserves a lot of attention. “The condition of the kitchen is another factor that determines the overall impression of whether a place feels clean or not,” say the experts.

Keep dirty dishes out of sight in your dishwasher or spend time hand washing and putting away. Line up everything on the counters and put away any containers left in line of sight.

You can close doors to any room your guests have no reason to go in, so don’t even bother with back bedrooms or the home office. Instead, get down to the details of your living room and entryway.

Surprisingly, the experts recommended focusing on small details — including one task you might want to skip.

“Dusting may seem like an overly detailed task when you need to clean up quickly, but dusty surfaces make everything look and feel dirty, and that’s not what you want your guests to experience,” the experts wrote.

“Stick to obvious spots and drive fast.”

In each room tackle the floors last. Sweep away dust and dirt that you have thrown onto the floor while cleaning up.

Also break out the vacuum cleaner and go fast over all the carpeted areas. Vacuuming floors and then fluffing up the rug or carpet gives the room a fresh feel.

“Again, this is not the time to go into detail,” advised the pros.

“Focus on the most visible areas and strive for ‘good enough’.”

To finish off your cleaning session, add some bright decor or a seasonal accent to bring it all together.

“When you’re about five minutes away from your power hour, consider some finishing touches like lighting a candle, turning on lamps, or putting out some freshly cut greens or flowers from your yard,” the experts said.

These details may seem superfluous, but they add just the right amount of conscious design to your space that will impress your guests (and look forward to another visit). I’m a cleaning pro and I can have my home looking spotless in an HOUR – why the details matter

Jessica MacLeish

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