vacuum cleaner on the floor showing house cleaning concept_resized2Quick, hide the magazine stash! Guests are coming over, and your house is looking less than its best. We know things can get crazy sometimes, and daily tidying can fall by the wayside. Meanwhile, occasionally you need to blast through some cleaning in a hurry. Here are some speed-cleaning tips that will help make your home presentable when you’ve only got a few minutes to spare.

We’ve broken down our cleaning tips and tricks by how much time you have before the dreaded doorbell rings.

If you have 5 minutes…

Toys all over the floor? Remotes scattered across the table? Stash clutter in drawers or in toy chests. Hang coats, sweatshirts and your kids’ sneakers in a closet.

Is your paperwork starting to take over your living room and kitchen counter? Clear some space by arranging your bills, magazines and miscellaneous items into stacks.

Take a damp cloth or a cleansing towel and run it over the surfaces you can see, such as, kitchen counters, your living room table, and your appliances. Getting rid of that layer of dust and dirt goes a long way. Hit glass surfaces as well—a shiny, reflective exterior works wonders to convince visitors you’ve got your own butler.

If you have 10 minutes, do all of the above, and…

This old standby is a fast way to perk up any space. Run your vacuum quickly over the carpet to eliminate dust, dirt, and the random stuff that collects during the day. Yeah, your kids track in dirt sometimes—that doesn’t mean people have to see it.

Kitchen sink loaded with this morning’s dishes? Get them out of sight and out of mind by putting them in the dishwasher. If you’re running up against the clock, fill your sink with soapy water and submerge them. It’s a perfect disguise!

If you have 15 minutes, do all of the above, and…

Mirrored Surfaces
Give your bathroom mirrors and fixtures a quick spritz and wipe with an all-purpose cleaner. The more they shine, the better your home will look.

Clean Toilets & Sinks
We don’t mean a deep cleaning—just go over the bowl and the basin with a toilet brush or a sponge to work away the obvious problems.

The minute the doorbell rings, strip off your gloves and hide them under the sink. You’ve done all you can, and the place looks much better already!

By the way, you know all that that clutter you just hid from your guests? You’ll be shocked by the clutter stats you’ll find in this article.

Of course, the best way to prevent speed cleaning sessions like this is to set up a regular cleaning schedule for your home. Contact The Maids and let our 22-step Healthy Touch® Cleaning System get your house spic and span.

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