Speed Cleaning Rules - From the book " Speed Cleaning"  by Jeff Campbell
Around

Rule Number 1: Make every move count. That means work around the room once. Don't backtrack. It also means you must carry your equipment and supplies with you so you don't make dozens of aggravating trips back and forth across the room. Walk around the room once and you're done, except for the floor.


RightTools

Rule Number 2: Use the right tools. Ah! Here's probably the major timesaver of the bunch. Give your specialized gadgets to your enemies. You need real tools that cut time to shreds. Most of all, you need a cleaning apron to hang tools on and store cleaning supplies in as you move around the room. The method depends on it, and soon you'll feel lost without yours.


Top_Bottom

Rule Number 3: Work from top to bottom. Dirt follows the laws of gravity just like anything else. When you start at the top and work to the bottom, you won't be constantly re-cleaning surfaces with dirt from above.


IsntDirty

Rule Number 4: If it isn't dirty, don't clean it. For example, vertical surfaces are almost never as dirty as horizontal surfaces. Upper shelves and molding have less dust than lower ones. Often all that's dirty about a surface is a few fingerprints, so don't clean the whole area.


DontRinse

Rule Number 5: Don't rinse or wipe a surface before it's clean. You'll just have to start over. In other words, when you're cleaning a surface, don't rinse or wipe just to see if you're done. If you were wrong, you'll have to start all over again. Learn to check as you're cleaning by "seeing through" the gunk to the surface below. Then you can tell when it's dislodged and ready to be wiped or rinsed...once!


MoveOn

Rule Number 6: Don't keep working after it's clean. Once you've reached ground zero, stop! You're cutting into VLT-Valuable Leisure Time. Rinse or wipe and move on.


HeavierTool

Rule Number 7: If what you're doing isn't going to work, then shift to a heavier-duty cleaner or tool. You're going to get very good at knowing what tool or product to use without having to throw everything in the book at it. You'll be learning to anticipate what to reach for before you start a task so you won't have to shift.


GoodShape

Rule Number 8: Keep your tools in impeccable shape. Dull razors scratch-they don't clean. Clogged spray bottles puff up and make funny noises-they don't spray.


Repetition

Rule Number 9: Repetition makes for smoother moves. Always put your tools back in the same spot in your apron. You can't spare the time to fumble around for them. And you can't afford to leave them lying around in alien places for the dog to carry away. You'll quickly get so expert you'll become aggravated if the tool you expected isn't in the right spot when you reach for it. Progress, progress.


Attention

Rule Number 10: Pay attention. Almost everything else will fall into place if you do. Don't think about the revisions in the tax code. Or anything else. In Latin: Age quod agis-"Do what you are doing."


Time

Rule Number 11: Keep track of your time. Get a little faster every time.


BothHands

Rule Number 12: Use both hands. Your work force is half idle if one hand is doing all the work. Finish one step with one hand and start the next step with the other. Or, wipe with one hand while the other steadies the object.


Team

Rule Number 13: If there are more than one of you, work as a team. You're what the biologists call a "superorganism." If your partner gets done ten minutes faster, the team gets done ten minutes faster. And that is a wonderful thing. You can't stop being vigilant for one moment about what will speed up or slow down your partner's progress.





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