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10 Quick and Efficient Cleaning Tips for Toronto Condos

10 Quick and Efficient Cleaning Tips for Toronto Condos
February 13, 2024

If your condo is a cleaning challenge due to its smaller size and open-concept layout, you might find that you have to clean more often than you’d like. Whether you hate cleaning or are obsessed with it, you can use these ten tips for condo cleaning in Scarborough to make cleaning quick and efficient.

10 Quick and Efficient Cleaning Tips for Toronto Condos

1. Get a good start with spring cleaning 

We like to think of spring cleaning as a fresh start that sets a basis for cleaning throughout the year. Spring cleaning tackles every nook and cranny of your home so that it just takes a light touch daily and then a more thorough cleaning weekly to keep your home sparkling and fresh until next spring.

2. Don’t leave things messy or dirty

A rookie mistake that makes cleaning harder and takes longer is not cleaning up messes when they happen. Putting things away, wiping counters, doing the dishes each day, etc., all contribute to a cleaner home so you’re never overwhelmed with an unmanageable mess that stresses you out. Never go to bed when there’s a mess!

3. Keep suitable cleaning products in each room

If your condo is like most, storage space is at a premium. Therefore, consider keeping suitable cleaning products in each room. For example, keeping sanitizing wipes on your bathroom and kitchen counters means they’re always within reach to wipe up messes. 

As a result, you never face stuff like bright yellow mustard stains on the kitchen counter or caked-on toothpaste in the bathroom sink. When you wipe as you go, cleaning becomes more manageable. 

Additionally, when you do your weekly cleaning, everything is there when you need it, whether it’s shower and glass cleaner in the bathroom, or stainless steel polish and porcelain stove top cleaner in the kitchen. You also free up space in your general storage area for things like your broom, duster, mop, multipurpose cleaner, and vacuum.

4. January declutter

Along with your spring cleaning each year, a January declutter gets rid of all the stuff that’s overwhelming your small home. Go through your closets and get rid of anything you don’t need, whether it’s your wardrobe, kitchen pantry, etc.

You’ll free up space for the things you do need and help keep your home more organized. An organized home is easier to keep tidy, so you have less mess to contend with on cleaning day.

5. Don’t do it all at once

Yes, you absolutely can choose a day of the week as your cleaning day. However, you also might find cleaning easier if you don’t try to do everything at once. For example, by setting a laundry day, you can also use it as the perfect time to clean your bathroom.

Toss in a load of laundry, and then tackle the bathroom. By the time your laundry is done, your bathroom is clean, you have clean clothes, and you can relax. That’s one less task on cleaning day. 

Also, bursts of cleaning keep your Scarborough home from ever being completely messy. You might grab all the clothes on your bedroom floor (or crumpled up on that chair in the corner) and toss them in the laundry before heading to work, or give the toilet bowl a swirl every day after you shower. 

Cleaning in bursts, tackling two jobs at once, and tidying up after yourself all add up to more efficient, quicker condo cleaning, so you don’t ever have to spend an entire day cleaning.

6. Have cleaning rules  

If you have a roommate, partner, or kids, having cleaning rules ensures everyone is contributing to keep the home clean. It is also the easiest way to help share the cleaning load accordingly, such as:

  • Teach kids from a young age to put their toys away. 
  • Tell roommates that whoever makes a mess in the kitchen has to clean it right away, and ditto for the bathroom if it is shared.
  • Have your partner do their own laundry. Additionally, share in the efforts to keep things clean, whether it’s throwing their newspaper in the recycle bin, putting their dirty clothes in the laundry hamper, or swiping the toilet with a brush after a particularly unpleasant event. Once cleaning day rolls around, you’re finished in a flash because everyone has pitched in and followed the rules!

7. Invest in basic cleaning tools and products

Cleaning takes longer when you aren’t using the right tools and cleaning products. Some basics that every Scarborough condo dweller needs to save time include the following:

  • Wet mop
  • Broom
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Abrasive cleaner
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Sponge/microfiber cloths
  • Vacuum (if you have carpeting)

8. Make cleaning fun

Although fun and efficiency don’t go together, when cleaning, having a little fun allows you to face tasks with less dread. For example, listening to your favourite musical playlist helps you work faster. You can also create a game that makes your kids want to help or challenge your roommates to a race to finish certain tasks faster.

9. Focus!

Avoid distraction by keeping focused on one task at a time. For example, if you’re vacuuming, you might get side-tracked by something on the ground like a toy. Suddenly, you stop what you’re doing and switch gears to start putting toys away. 

Make sure you choose a logical order for your cleaning to reduce distractions and disruptions that have you working all over the condo. We recommend tidying first to clear the way for dusting and vacuuming, so each task completed makes the next one easier.

Additionally, when doing something like the laundry or dishes, make sure you complete the entire job. Laundry isn’t done until it’s folded and put away, while the dishes aren’t finished until the dish rack is empty.

10. Clean while you enjoy yourself

Multitasking is the spice of life—at least for us cleaners! For example, if you plan to binge-watch Succession, use this opportunity to do the laundry. You throw in a load of laundry and watch an episode. Then, put the clothes in the dryer, and watch an episode. Fold the laundry and watch an episode. Put your laundry away, and watch an episode.

You’ll feel good about yourself knowing you really weren’t wasting time and also not feel left out from the group chat now that you know what everyone is talking about!

Contact the Scarborough Cleaning Experts

Cleaning is always quicker and more efficient when you keep things tidy every day, use the right tools, and find ways to remain focused. These ten tips also make cleaning a little less “worky” and a little more fun. 

If you still can’t keep on top of your cleaning, or just hate it, contact Maid4Condos for condo cleaning services in Scarborough. Our name says it all. Click here for a quote. You can also call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

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