Speed-Clean Your Back Entryway Checklist

Take your back entryway from filthy to flawless in just 15 minutes. Here's what you'll need: a Waffle Waterhog mat, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Swiffer Wetjet Power Mop, a tote bag, paper towels, glass cleaner, sheets of newspaper, a microfiber cloth, and a vacuum.


  1. Check Minutes 1 to 2:

    Clear out the entryway. Move area rugs, shoes, and umbrellas just outside the door. Toss non-entry items (toys, books, dirty clothes) into a big tote to redistribute later.

  2. Check Minute 3:

    Bang the indoor and outdoor mats against a walkway to loosen dirt. (If your indoor mat is worn, you might want to replace it with one that’s water-absorbent.)

  3. Check Minute 4:

    With a moistened Magic Eraser, spot-clean scuffs and mud off walls, doors, and baseboards; go over doorknobs and light switches, too. Catch drips and dry wet spots with a paper towel.

  4. Check Minutes 5 to 6:

    Spritz any windows—inside and out—with glass cleaner and wipe down with a piece of newspaper. Work from left to right and top to bottom. Dust any furniture with a dry microfiber cloth.

  5. Check Minutes 7 to 10:

    Scan the floor and pick up anything too bulky for your vacuum. Give the area a quick once-over with the vacuum. Use the crevice attachment on shoe bins and trays.

  6. Check Minutes 11 to 13:

    Swab the deck with a wet mop, working toward the inside of the house so you can wait there while the floor dries.

  7. Check Minutes 14 to 15:

    Return everything to its rightful place. Now bring on the foot traffic!