Clean your entire house in 42 minutes with the Clean Team's unbeatable system that makes every move count.
Date Published 4/1/1991
Rated By: Stephanie G Craig
From: San Marcos, CA
Comments: My house has never been cleaner! I've always tried to keep a fairly clean (2,600 sq. ft.) house. My friends thought I was successful, too. But after the first "Speed Cleaning" pass through my house, I can honestly say that my house has never been cleaner. Yes, it took over 5 hours to complete the job the first time. But I can see that once the initial "baseline" cleaning job is done, the weekly trip through the house will be much faster.
There are great tips in here for how to clean things, what tools and cleaning agents to use, how to enlist help from your family and more.
If you want to buy the "right" tools, you can obtain reasonable facsimiles of the recommended products at Home Depot and Target/Wal-Mart for a lot less dough.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants a cleaner house, but is overwhelmed at the prospect of attacking the cobwebs in the corners or the dustbunnies under the beds. You'll learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to conquer these areas in addition to the basics (scrubbing the bathrooms, kitchen, dusting EVERYTHING, etc.)
This book is not for ridding your house of too much stuff. In fact, if clutter is a problem that needs to be attacked before the real cleaning begins, I recommend Campbell's other book, "Clutter Control" or "How Not to be a Messie" by Sandra Felton. Both give detailed instructions and guidelines on how to reduce the amount of stuff in your home. If this is a problem for you, you will be amazed at how freeing it is to discard things. The more you discard, the more you will want to discard, so motivation to complete the project is sort of self-perpetuating.
Rated By: Carol C. "ccjello"
From: Kansas City, MO
Comments: this is a godsend for the perpetual slob As someone who has suffered with a messy home for . . . uh, several decades, I can honestly tesfify that these techniques work. Campbell's "clean team" techniques can help you cut your cleaning time in half and more importantly, you'll end up with a cleaner home, with the dust out of those nooks & crannies, the splotches of paint off of the linoleum floor, the cobwebs out of the vents, the grime out of the grout in the bathroom. This is a no-nonsense, no-gimmicks (well, except for the apron), how-to book about systematically going throughout your home getting things clean. Really clean.
Campbell's approach is surprisingly straight-forward and simple. Working from top to bottom, left to right, he methodically goes from room to room, explaining how to clean. He makes the basics seem simple, but his technique has you getting out grime in all sorts of often-overlooked spots. Campbell recommends that you carry your basic cleaning supplies -- a heavy-duty cleaner like 409, a windex-like cleaner, cotton towels, a scrubber, scraper & razor blade -- with you in an apron (after all, who would hire a carpenter that went back & forth to supplies every time he needed a nail). A little dorky, but three weeks after reading the book, I now own a dorky "Jeff Campbell's clean team" denim apron -- and admittedly, it's pretty handly. Campbell doesn't push his own products, but they are available by catalog. And they're good.
Some of the tools he suggests (cloth napkin "cleaning cloths", a large, flat-head mop) are infinitely more effective than the old sponges, old towels, and sponge mop I had been using.
Campbell's style is pleasant and easy-going. You don't sense that he advocates creating an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, hermetically sealed home where you have to leave your shoes & pets at the front door, or taking up cleaning as a hobby. Rather, he advocates using your cleaning time wisely, to create more time for fun.
Rated By: Groovy Vegan
Comments: My house is much cleaner, much faster. :-) I was a clueless housecleaner, absentmindedly pushing a sponge or rag, without much thought as to where to start, which cleaning tools to use, when to use powders vs. liquids, how to economize motion, etc. I knew there had someone who figured all this stuff out, so I picked up Jeff Campbell's "Speed Cleaning" book. Jeff runs a cleaning service and is an efficiency expert, who has cleaning down to an economy-of-motion science. His book is an easy, entertaining read, with well-explained instructions and many helpful diagrams. He makes a good case for his methods, although he does come across with the attitude that his is the only and right way to clean.
I decided I would give his system a try, so I bought the cleaning apron, cleaning cloths, small cleaning tools, and Jeff's own brand of non-toxic, cleaning agents (free of animal products and not tested on animals) available on his website. Then I put on my cleaning apron and followed the book nearly to the letter. I'm delighted to report that his system absolutely works! My bathrooms and kitchen especially are cleaner than before, and his system is much faster and easier than what I was doing. It is not necessary to use a cleaning apron or Jeff's cleaning agents to improve one's results, but I do find the apron convenient, and the two cleaning agent bottles that hang from it are the 16 ounce size, so they're not heavy even when full.
I have several issues with the book that prevent me from giving it 5 stars: 1) He often tells to reader to only clean what is dirty--not to clean phantom dust nor wipe surfaces where you don't see dirt. However, not all dirt is visible, such as germs and dust (complete with dustmites) that builds up before it's visible to the naked eye. So it's actually a good idea to wipe and where appropriate disinfect surfaces that don't look dirty. Why not be proactive and prevent visible dust?
2) Jeff encourages people to dust with an ostrich feather duster, which only moves dust around. He reasons that you move the dust to a lower level & vacuum it later. I disagree that this is the most effective system for removing dust. Also ostrich farming is a very cruel industry where the feathers are removed with pliers or electric shears from the birds *before* they are slaughtered, to protect the commercial value of the hide, which makes expensive leather.
3) Twenty pages of the book (10%) is a Spanish summary. Like many non-Spanish-speaking readers, this part of the book is useless to me. Why not publish a Spanish-speaking version of the book or sell the summary separately as a booklet?
Overall however, I'm very happy with this book and cleaning system, and have a cleaner home and more time on my hands to show for it.
Rated By: Kathy Livingston
From: East Texas
Comments: Help for the cleaning impaired I am finally getting the bathroom clean, with just one short cleaning session! Speed Cleaning doesn't give you a bunch of "helpful" hints and tips for each tiny cleaning situation. It gives you a strategy for each room and each area within each room, with instruction on products (just a few that you carry with you) and techniques (make every motion count; don't clean it if it isn't dirty) to get results with a minimum of effort.
Rated By: Nicole B. Stoner
Comments: Handy and Complete Reference Bought this book about 8 years ago. Loaned it out and it never came back. I missed it so much I had to buy another!
This book helps you learn what it takes to clean thoroughly AND quickly. The advice they give on techniques, tools, and cleaners is invaluable. I have less stuff under my sink, and can get my cleaning done in 1/3 the time.
Great little book that takes you from step one to done!
Rated By: Kelly "kelly-lcce"
From: Kennesaw, GA
Comments: Lots of Hype, But Less Real Substance I was very excited about this book and the idea of learning to clean my house more quickly and efficiently. When I read the author's intro and the comments included in the book [as well as the positive reviews here] I just knew I'd hit on a great cleaning solution. Unfortunately, in reading the book, I found it really didn't live up to the author's build up.
For starters, the method really ISN'T very efficient. The author strongly recommends a whole arsenal of cleaning solutions and cleaning devices/tools. I just don't think the average home owner really needs all that stuff to do a quick and good job cleaning. [I'd be lost just trying to keep up with all those things!] I will note however, that all of these cleaning items are offered for sale on their website and catalog - a fact that is mentioned NUMEROUS times throughout the book ["buy our stuff!"]. The first time or two I read about their catalog in the book, I thought "how cool - one place to pick up all this stuff!". By the 10th mention of it I was feeling a little like I'd paid for a book that was really just advertising for their company and products. ["No, really, BUY OUR STUFF!"] I also thought the prices on the website were pretty ridiculous [way higher than I would pay to get the same stuff at Home Depot or someplace like that]. You would *easily* spend well over $$$ to buy all the products they tell you that you MUST have from their website/catalog.
Another example of why I don't feel this method is very quick or efficient - many long years ago I read a Don Aslet book [who I recommend!]. In that book he said something that has stuck with me for almost a decade - "don't scrub anything you can soak" [or something to that effect]. Practically speaking, this means that when I begin to clean, I soak things first. If there are spills of food on the stove that have turned to rock, I pour a bit of water on it and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes while I clean something else. The same with dishes, etc. I *NEVER* have to scrub - when I come back, I am able to wipe up the mess in one or two swipes with a paper towel. VERY QUICK and energy and time efficient. In contrast, Mr. Campbell spends pages and pages on how to scrub and scrape up a similar hardened spill/mess. He recommends beginning with one scrubbing utensil and working up to another and then yet another and then moving to a putty knife type instrument and then an actual RAZOR blade [which would damage my kitchen surfaces to no end...]. Never once does he even mention the idea of just soaking the stuff so it wipes up easily. I don't think that's very efficient personally.
Other things that bugged me about the book were that it seems really written more for commercial cleaning teams. It claims to be written for the average homeowner, but most of the methods are truly suited to a professional "team" approach. He spends a great deal of time describing how the team should split up the work, etc. [I don't know about you, but I certainly don't have a set of friends that show up at my house every weekend to help me clean it...]. He runs a cleaning service in San Francisco, which he mentions repeatedly - I feel this book was really written for professional cleaners like him. I also didn't like the constant high pressure sales pitch; and I agree with another reviewer that the "spanish summary" at the end seemed kind of useless - why not publish the whole thing in spanish? Much more useful.
There WERE good things about this book - while I found most of the better suggestions to be "common sense", they might be really helpful to someone who has never done a lot of cleaning [maybe a young person out on their own for the first time] or for someone who doesn't feel that they are very "efficient" in general. I also LOVED the chapter on the environmental impact of the cleaning products and found it very useful. [Worth the price of the book in fact]. There is also a good chapter on hiring a cleaning service/housekeeper - although that chapter seemed very misplaced in this particular book [If I could afford a house cleaner, I *wouldn't* be buying this book to learn to do it myself!]. The book was also very easy and quick to read.
Overall I'd say it was worth the money, but not NEARLY as wonderful as it is hyped up to be!
Rated By: K. Levin
From: Oregon & Massachusetts
Comments: Concise advice for regular weekly cleaning the entire home There are dozens of popular cleaning books on the market, many of which are touted on TV or tied to a particular cleaning maven's approach... and web site!
What I've found in most of those books--and I am a full time bookseller, so I see a lot of them--is a long list of recipes for multitudes of all purpose cleaners, or tricks for particular stains. This is the BEST, most SPECIFIC book I've seen yet for describing how a person should begin cleaning their entire home. It takes one step-by-step through every room.
Though some reviewers complain about so many references to the Clean Team web site, the book explicitely describes alternate solutions and products in chapter 13. They use their own product names simply because they are writing an INTRODUCTORY how to book for those who are stumped as to how to clean their own homes! Some (many?) of those people will probably breathe a sigh of relief to have a single source for exactly the right tools for the job.
The "recommended instead of" and "recommended in addition to" right now are both for the excellent housekeeping manual, "Home Comforts." I agree wholeheartedly that everyone should own that book, but this one does serve a different purpose. "Home Comforts" is an ideal housewarming or wedding gift, but it is HUGE and covers lots of other territory. "Speed Cleaning" is a quick--dare I say speedy--overview that can get a person working toward a clean, healthy home after an hour's reading.
I must also add that I believe the emphasis on scrubbing over soaking is based upon the author's own habit of keeping an environment constantly essentially clean. A person who follows these steps on a frequent schedule and does daily cleaning religiously will find these methods cover every need. The expectation is that one will maintain using every step in the book, and therefore rarely need stronger methods.
Buy this book if you want instructions as to how to quickly do a basic weekly cleaning of your home. Look elsewhere for: * specific homemade cleaning product recipes * clutter control * heavy-duty spring cleaning tips
Rated By: Marchez Vite
From: Las Vegas
Comments: A home cleaning classic I keep coming back to!! I discovered The Clean Team almost 10 years ago. Their philosophy and approach to house cleaning is only surpassed by their tools and products.
This book gives a great plan for organizing your house cleaning tools and tasks. Even for those rare types who enjoy cleaning, there is always room to make the job more effective and rewarding.
Yeah, I get lazy sometimes and stray from The Clean Team methods and tools, but I keep coming back to it when I really need to shape up my house. In particular, the Shmop is nearly life-changing...really takes the mess out of mopping!
I heartily recommend SPEED CLEANING. HAPPY CLEANING!
Rated By: Leanna J. Kamp
From: Loganville, GA
Comments: Takes the chore out of housework This had been on my wishlist for a while, I finally broke down and bought it for myself. I am giving it a 4 star rating only because I have yet to read the entire book. But what I have read has helped me housekeep faster, easierand most importantly, better. Some of the 'hints' Jeff gives you are common sense, others arethe type tht make you think, "How did I not know this?" S far I love this ook.
Rated By: "mary100"
From: Seabrook, TX
Comments: Not a worthy purchase I clean my house every week and am constantly looking for new products, tools and techniques to do a better job easier and faster. Unfortunately, the author's tool and supplies which he recommends are outdated. (E.g. canister vacuum cleaners, the Sh-Mop doesn't work well, a one-pint plastic container to rinse the shower stall, Comet powdered cleanser to clean the tub, cleaning cloths made of cloth which have to be laundered) There are much better products and tools out on the market today. In addition, the techniques he advocates are nothing new. As a result, I suggest you don't buy this book.
Rated By: TundraVision
From: Land of Sky Blue Waters
Comments: A Person's Gotta Do What A Person's Gotta Do I am not June Cleaver and neither is Jeff Campbell. While working at our Library's Book Sale, I discovered Jeff's cute little book. Hey! For 25 cents, I'll give it a whirl! I am glad I did. I read the book. I ordered the video and some Stuff from Jeff's thecleanteam website like the Cleaning Bib (comparable to a carpenter's apron only modified for the missions at hand,) various cleaning products and carryall. My house is happier, I'm happier, and I did it all without having to borrow June's pearls.
*Speed Cleaning* is a great guide to weekly cleaning. Jeff also has a book about daily clutter control, conveniently called *Clutter Control,* so that one's junque is out of way when one does one's weekly *Speed Cleaning.* He also has a book about the bigger chores done less frequently, say, like, in the Spring. Guess what that book is called?
Unless one is June or her clone, this book lives up to its attribution: For those who would rather be doing practically anything other than cleaning! Try it, you still may not love cleaning, but you'll get done a lot quicker and get on with your life. s/ TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer
Rated By: A. Varma
From: Chicago, IL
Comments: Not the gimmicky junk I thought it would be... I have to admit something: at first glance, I tend to judge books by their covers.
When I first saw the cover of this one, I wasn't too impressed; the picture of the author on the front made it look like some kind of "as seen on TV" tripe, and the overall design of the cover was just very... amateurish. Perhaps the authors were in this for a quick buck, so they could push their own "special" cleaning goods.
But then I noticed that there were over thirty amazon user reviewers who had given the book an average rating of 4.5 stars, and I noticed that the book has been in print for almost 20 years. So, I decided to try it out.
That said, this book is a masterpiece. With a really bad cover.
I've been living in an apartment for almost 3 years, and I have never enjoyed cleaning it. In fact, I've been so discouraged by all my cleaning attempts that it's made me want to clean less and less--a sentiment which the author actually talks about in the introduction. The thing is, no one ever really taught me how to clean; among those I grew up with, it was always assumed to be some kind of innate talent, one not worthy of writing a book about, so whenever I asked anyone about how to clean something, they always responded with something to the effect of "just do what works well for you."
That said: I essentially had absolutely no idea how to clean, and this book told me everything I needed to know in about 100 pages (the last 100 pages of the book talk about how to organize cleaning in a team, how to deal with housecleaning services, and some other things, which I haven't read yet). It wasn't intimidating at all, the print was nice and large, and the prose was very conversational.
And the book actually teaches two different things--how to clean well (he introduced me to the use of a toothbrush, feather duster, putty knife, sh-mop, and some other things, all of which were far more effective than tools I'd used before), and how to clean as efficiently as possible, if you so desire. As another reviewer mentioned, this book really isn't a religion--take what you want from it and use the rest as food for thought, or throw it out entirely. Right now I'm only focusing on the techniques because I just want a clean apartment, but once I've got the techniques down I'm going to try to take some of his advice on efficiency and try to put it to good use too.
Also, given the fact that the author sells his own products, he is remarkably good at not pushing them. He states repeatedly through the book that the tools you use aren't as important as the methods you use, and he offers the names of several commercial brands that work well. He even says that you can make your cleaning apron (more on that later) on your own; although he doesn't give much direction on how to go about doing this, I imagine if I knew how to sew it wouldn't be too hard.
The only "non-standard" tool in his arsenal that isn't available at a standard hardware store is the many-pocketed cleaning apron--you're supposed to put all your tools on it, so they're always on your person when you're cleaning. A lot of people seem to think this idea is ridiculous, and I'll admit that at first glance I was fairly skeptical about it, too. I still don't own a cleaning apron, actually, but when cleaning my apartment after reading his book, I realized why one could be incredibly useful. The author claims that the apron is the most important of all cleaning tools because it saves so much time--you won't ever have to walk somewhere to get a tool. However, what he doesn't mention is that such an apron would probably make cleaning a less stressful activity. One of the things I realized when last cleaning my apartment was that a lot of the time I'm cleaning, I'm not actually *thinking* about cleaning--instead, I'm thinking, "where did I put my putty knife?" or "where's my glass cleaner?" Having an apron with dedicated, separate pockets for each tool would enable me to focus all my attention on cleaning, not constantly switching my thoughts between cleaning and wondering where my tools are. I believe this would make my cleaning routine not only faster, but also more focused, less stressful, and possibly even (ok, maybe this is a stretch) enjoyable. It sounds like a great idea and I hope it actually works well in practice.
Another thing I really like about this book is that it's one of the few books I've read on domestic activities that doesn't assume the reader is female. In this day and age, it actually angers me when I read recently-published material on home economics that assumes the reader must be a married mother (even many of the married couples I know share household duties), and I think it's one of the things that really turns men off from reading these kinds of books--as a 25 year old single male, whenever I pick up a book and read something on the back that tells me I'm a 30-year old mom, it's kind of hard not to put it down. Fortunately, this book is incredibly good at being very unassuming about the reader and their lifestyle, and other home economics books would do well to follow its example.
All of that said, the book does have a few downsides, apart from the horrible cover. For one thing, the author often tells you things like "Trust us. Don't argue with this method, don't ask why, just know that it works." The problem with this is that, for one thing, without a solid understanding of *why* you're doing something, there's no possibility for you to alter or improve on it to make it more effective for your particular situation. Furthermore, it makes it harder for me to remember, because I usually remember things by understanding the reasons and then deriving the actions that follow from them, instead of memorizing the actions by themselves. That said, however, the author does actually explain the reasons behind most of his techniques.
The only other thing that would've helped this book would've been full-color photos: being completely clueless, I don't really know what mildew and soap scum look like (or what the difference between them is), I don't know how to tell whether my floor is vinyl or linoleum, and I don't know how dirty a cleaning cloth should be before I should throw it out and use another one, so full-color photos explaining these things would have been very useful.
Oh, and to those who buy the book or are worried about getting a hold of this gimmicky-sounding "sh-mop": at first I was worried I'd have to mail-order this contraption, but I found out that the sh-mop is actually mechanically simpler than a standard mop, and was apparently successful enough that generic brands are now selling them under different names; my local hardware store had something called a "Hardwood Floor and More!" which matched the book's description of the sh-mop precisely (its base even had the same dimensions), so this tool shouldn't actually be too hard to get your hands on; I also find it far more effective than both my sponge mop and my Swiffer WetJet.
Ultimately, this book has been extremely helpful for me and I now feel much more confident in my cleaning abilities than I did before.
Rated By: Ursula
From: Buffalo, NY
Comments: Fast, efficient cleaning I have an older edition of this book, and have used their methods for years. It works. They tell you what to do, what tools to use, and how to use them. You do what they tell you. Pretty soon, cleaning is done for the week, and you can get on with your life.
This is a method, not a book of cleaning tips. While this may sound like a trivial distinction, understanding it is actually fundamental to making the method work. You don't pick and choose, or check the index to look up a specific solution for a specific problem. You use a few basic tools, for a holistic system.
For those who are skeptical about the apron - it works. It takes a little getting used to, both in terms of knowing instinctively where to grab for each tool, and in getting used to the feel of a slightly heavy apron/belt. But it is lighter and more flexible than, say, a loaded carpenter's belt. And once you're used to it (maybe 1 or 2 uses) it will be so natural, you'll _want_ the apron when you clean, because trying to juggle your cleaners and tools without it will seem silly.
The method emphasizes working as a team, if there is more than one person in the house. But that is a matter of fairness, not a necessity. I'm single, and use the "single's" method of doing first the kitchen-person job, then the bathroom-person job, and then the other-person job, one right after another.
I'd particularly recommend this for households where one person is doing all the cleaning, and feels overworked, or taken advantage of. Having the family clean as a team, on a weekly basis, without it taking up a huge amount of anyone's time, is a good compromise, easier on everyone than having one person doing the job when they can manage it, and nagging the others to help.
Another note - yes, this method advocates the use of cleaning tools that require washing, such as using cleaning cloths instead of paper towels, and the cloth sh'mop, instead of something disposable, like a swiffer. But, with a washing machine, cleaning these things is really no more effort than carrying the disposables out to the dumpster. And they work better, because they're designed to last and stand up to abuse, rather than having "keep the price 'cheap' enough so people will throw it out and buy more" being the controlling design feature.
If you really enjoy cleaning, or have a treasured cleaning routine, this book won't be for you. But if you just want a clean home with minimal time spent cleaning, this will be good.
Note: I didn't say minimal effort. When you're doing this method, you're doing it, paying attention, focusing. It requires your attention, because if you're distracted, you work slower, which takes longer, which defeats the purpose of speed cleaning.
A few reviewers have commented about this requiring "a lot of tools." It really doesn't. It seems that way, because they pay attention to each tool, choosing it with care to meet the need of the job, describing it, so you can find the right alternative outside their catalog, as well as ordering from them, repeating the same tool several times, for each section, even though you only own one of it, so that if you read one section (say, bathrooms) you won't not realize you need the tool, because it was mentioned before in the section on "kitchen."
With the exception of the apron, you probably have all these tools, or their disposable/big-name-brand equivalent, scattered through your house already. They bring the tools together, into a single set of cleaning equipment, right from the start, so that you don't have to run off and find something while you're trying to get through cleaning.
This method treats the job of cleaning with the respect that goes into any job. You use the right tools, pay attention while you're doing it, and when your done, your done, and can enjoy the results.
Rated By: T. Alexander "80's child"
From: Seattle, WA
Comments: Fantastic! This discusses time-tested methods of cleaning quickly and efficiently. Efficient movements, strategic paths through each room, keeping all your supplies with you, soaking not scrubbing (unless necessary), using the right tools, and even what to do if you want to hire a maid service.
I have to disagree with an earlier inaccurate review. This book DOES recommend soaking things over scrubbing them. It also mentions what to do when that doesn't get the gunk off, starting with safe methods and leading up to (and warning about) less safe methods. Using a razor blade is the last resort, and Jeff mentions how to use it right so as to minimize the possibility of damage to the surface.
Yes, he does recommend things that can be purchased in his online store, but I see nothing wrong with that. Only some of the items can not be found elsewhere. The rest are items you can get in other places for about the same prices. But you can be certain they do the job well. If you decide to skimp on this area, you'll end up saving a little money, but you're likely not getting tools that will be the most efficient. I appreciate the ability to go to one site and place one order and pay one shipping fee.
Most of us don't really think about cleaning in this way. It's no longer a huge chore for me. I used to feel overwhelmed by having a large two-story place. Now, I can look at the kitchen and think, 15 minutes. The living room, 10 minutes. The bathrooms, 20 minutes. The bedrooms and office, 15 minutes. I can do my daily pickup routine for clutter, then, every other day, pick any of those sections, and be done in 30 minutes or less and always have a clean house. That's not just simple cleaning, that's full and complete cleaning. I'm not overwhelmed. I can skip a day if I'm tired and just pick up the routine again the next and things don't fall apart.
Jeff's given us a wonderful too. Now, unlike that like-new nifty juicer in the back of your cupboard, you have to choose to use it.
Rated By: Anonymous
From: Houston, TX
Comments: The only cleaning book you need What's unique about this book is that Jeff Campbell is straight to the point about *how* to clean, not just what products to use. For example, when cleaning the toilet, he tells you the sequence to spray and wipe the commode and even what direction your hand movements should be. No other book is so prescriptive. The book itself is small and easy to flip through for reference. The illustrations are invaluable. He doesn't fuss with a lot of fancy equipment or chemicals. The only negative aspect of the book is that it was published over 15 years ago. I'm ready for a new edition!
Rated By: Michael and Danielle Boudreault
From: Charlotte, NC
Comments: Move-in Helper! I purchased this book (as well as Spring Cleaning and Clutter Control) to help prepare my new home for move-in. What a lifesaver it was. The home I moved into was completely renovated, so an overhaul was unnecessary (I highly recommend Spring Cleaning for that). Speed Cleaning allowed me to go in and completely clean the home from ceiling to floor in no time at all. The author is very honest about his system - it's his way or the highway. I was okay with that, because I found he was able to more efficiently clean a home in less time than I had ever done. It really works! I did purchase some cleaning products from his online co., which I have found to be superior to anything found in the grocery store - and I love not having 20 different cleansers. Simplicity is key.
Rated By: a reader
From: Los Angeles, CA
Comments: Speed cleaning - you bet! I'm so glad I bought this book. It has given me a truly efficient method for cleaning my house. It is exactly what it says - a time saver. I checked out Jeff Campbell's online store, but I found the products pricey. I bought everything I needed at a discount store and a janitorial supply store. And, I spent 55% less than if I had ordered from Campbell's catalog. Everyone should read this book and not waste hours or days cleaning.
Rated By: George D. Girton
From: Los Angeles, CA
Comments: Get the Aprons! Sitting here in a clean living room, (speedily cleaned by my 13-year-old) I have time to write you all a note. I got Jeff Campbell's book years ago, but until I got the video I couldn't convince my family to clean. His video is to-the-point, informative, and funny enough to keep even a fairly un-interested spectator watching (especially someone who would never read the book). The humor is quite understated though, so don't get your hopes too high; I wouldn't prepare popcorn.
I purchased the recommended aprons, one for each of us, and also two dozen high-quality cotton cleaning cloths from the speed cleaning website. The aprons have loops and pockets, and you can get them monogrammed (I might mention that every family member declined a specially designed monogram). The cloths are high quality and inexpensive -- I happily threw away all of our ratty shedding rags. Spray bottles, tile brush, sponge and scraper, and all cleaning liquids can be obtained locally. Get the Sh-Mop from speed cleaning! A key insight from speed cleaning: dilute the liquids about 4-1 or 5-1, they last longer.
The first time through was absolutely brutal. After an hour I began to wonder if I would ever get out of the first bathroom. The kitchen was extremely bad too, and we all pitched in. Some surfaces there and in other rooms had obviously never been cleaned (we used to hire someone to do this). The 45-minute estimate was blown away for that first time, and the second week was also pretty bad.
Now it's down to a science. Popping the two squeeze bottles into the apron loops, and cruising through the tasks, well, I wouldn't call it exactly fun but the word 'breezing' does come to mind. It's still a chore, but now an extremely well-organized one. Well-organized, and then dispatched: we all have busy professional lives and not much time for nonsense. Weekly cleaning doesn't take too long though, and the house is exactly as clean as we would like to make it.
Rated By: Jan Peczkis
From: Chicago IL
Comments: Never Retracing Your Steps: A Wide Application The key to this method of cleaning is to never retrace your steps. Although the author does not mention it, this is exactly the same conclusion reached in time-travel studies of non-mechanized animal care on farms. The time for tasks is greatly reduced as the walking around is eliminated.
The author also recommends some novel products, such as the ostrich-feather duster for superior dusting performance. He also recommends a top-down approach to dusting, and lists common objects which are overlooked during the dusting process.
Rated By: J. Reynolds
From: Houston, TX
Comments: Perfect for its intended purpose I bought this book as a gift for my wife, on our tenth anniversary. There's never been money better spent, and our house is now so clean it squeaks.
Rated By: Meredith
Comments: Can I give it a 5+ rating? This is a recipe book for a clean house! I love this book and have read and referenced it more than once. This book is cram packed with proven tips among professional house cleaners on making the most of your - oh so little time to do everything! Simple tips, easy to follow stategies will maximize your cleaning time, and allow you to do more in your day with less time and energy! Included are some super hints for carrying all your tools, a modified apron with all the pockets for trinkets and trash that you'll need. This is a super book to have whether you're a new spouse, or seasoned veteran of housecleaning!
Rated By: E. Coniglio
From: Mission Viejo, CA
Comments: Haven't tried it Yet I really liked all the ideas in this book, however, I haven't tried the techniques yet. The author makes it very clear that you need to follow the instructions exactly, including the products and tools used. So I feel like I need to buy a bunch of things first before I clean the house his way. Since I currently have a housekeeper, I'm planning to try this out a few times and see whether I can do without one. If so, it will save me a lot of money and using the techniques described in the book shouldn't take too much time. Definitely worth a try.
Rated By: Anna L. Kroll "annalois"
From: Newhall, CA
Comments: Such a great help! I had such a struggle with the concept of cleaning, having not learned while growing up. Cooking was my mother's better thing to do. This book really, really helped me to learn some techniques and gave me an idea of what and how to clean to be organized and complete for the weekly tasks. (There is also a Spring Cleaning book too for the annual cleaning tasks.) I tried out the methods described and bought the vacuum cleaner and other supplies and it really does work! I have only to figure out how to clean the shower door, which the cleaning products have not worked on for some reason -- maybe it is just the kind of door I have. But all else works as described.
The biggest advantage I think is that this books helps those who have not had a chance to learn how to clean growing up. I think it is also likely very useful for those who want to learn a more efficient way to clean. Even if a person just thinks through the principles given, they can improve without doing everything EXACTLY as described -- though the methods are very well thought out. For me, this book was the best thing I could have bought to help me in this area, and now I have greater confidence as I set myself to cleaning.