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Speed Cleaning Paperback – April 1, 1991

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Language Notes

Text: English
Introduction: Spanish

From the Publisher

Clean your entire house in 42 minutes with the Clean Team's unbeatable system that makes every move count.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; 3 edition (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440503744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440503743
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because, from reading the other reviews, I see that the author kind of turned people off a bit to his methods. Here's the real scoop: Yes, he thinks that His Way Is The Right Way. He's really into this idea of walking around your house with a special kind of apron and keeping your tools and cleaning objects in various pockets of the apron so that you can easily and "speedily" get to them. Okay, so now that you know this, you can forget about it. In fact, you can even forget about the speed part of the speed cleaning because that is not even what I consider to be the best part of this book.
So, who is this book good for? Well, it's good for people like me who thought they knew how to clean but (as someone else mentioned) were using all the wrong methods and all the wrong products. Quite frankly, my mother never showed me how to clean the house properly and I can safely say -- since my mother won't be reading this review -- that my mother knew zip about cleaning house. Oh, she did the best she could, but it wasn't really very good.
This book is great for someone who really feels like a slug trying to clean the house. Oh, and by the way. For all of you messy cluttering slobs out there. You're not going to be happy about cleaning until you get rid of your clutter. So I'd suggest you either start de-cluttering your homes or first buy a book about getting rid of clutter (a good one is "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" by Karen Kingston). Once you've gotten your place de-cluttered, you will find that cleaning it is quite a bit easier than you ever thought.
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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.
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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.
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