The festive holiday season is almost upon us — which means you may be thinking about the many celebrations to come.
For many of us, we spend a lot of the time at home leading up to the holidays, so you’ll want to make sure that your house is neat and clean in preparation for hosting family and friends. With friends and family coming to visit throughout the festive season, it’s your time to shine and show off what a lovely home you have.
How deep do you go when cleaning for holiday guests? Pssst, you can have a clean home without going overboard.
Eliminate day-of holiday cleaning chaos by dividing your tasks into doable segments. These holiday cleaning tips will help you prioritize chores to achieve a tidier home well before guests arrive, as well as quickly tackle any messes that happen throughout the day.
So we’ve gathered ways to get your home sparkling clean this Festive season, leaving you time to relax with your loved ones.
Clean your kitchen
After a year of cooking, baking and grilling, your kitchen may need a thorough cleaning to rid accumulated grease, dust and food particles. Kitchen shelves, drawers, and cabinets may need a thorough decluttering and wipe down, if you had only cleaned them during last year’s annual festive cleaning.
Clean Your Storage Space
Start with a quick declutter throughout the entire house to put away random items that have been left out. Clean or not, extra clutter will make your home look messy.
Decluttering is especially important if you are hosting guests during the holidays. It’s also a great idea to sort through and organize items, and to explore new organizational methods.
A cluttered home makes the cleaning task not only difficult but also time taking.
Vacuum Your Sofa
As a good thumb rule, always vacuum your fabric or leather sofa, couch, and other such upholstery. Vacuum the entire sofa from outside, inside, upside, and down by removing the cushions.
These tend to accumulate dirt and sweat over long periods of sitting, so make sure they’re washed before the relatives come! Allow the sofa to air for at least 24 hours before putting the freshly-washed covers back on.
For more thorough cleaning, consider hiring a professional service like De Hygienique, which uses low moisture shampoo to clean stains and odors from upholstery.
For a finishing touch, swap your sofa covers for brightly-colored, festive ones.
Deep Clean Your Floor
To eliminate bacteria, mix ½ cup of distilled white vinegar in water and mop your floors with the solution.
For stubborn stains, you can use something like a Magic Eraser to gently scrub at them. However, be careful to wear gloves and test on a small area first as the Magic Eraser is actually a very fine sandpaper surface that shouldn’t be used on shiny marble or anything you don’t want to be scratched.
What are your tips for keeping your home guest-ready during the holiday season?
By following a festive cleaning checklist like this one, you’re bound to have a clean and tidy home by the time your guests arrive. While trying to clean your entire house at once may seem like a lot to take on, remember that having a list will help make the process more manageable.
You don’t have to clean the entire home in one full sweep. Consider tackling one room each day or several on the weekend. By marking off the chores that you’ve completed on the list, you’ll know what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done.
Alternatively, consider hiring a house cleaning service which is something to consider based on your needs and budget. De Hygienique is a soft furnishing cleaning company, specialized in cleaning and sanitising of carpet, mattress and sofa, using state-of-the-art dry cleaning technologies.
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We hope these festive cleaning tips have given you sufficient ideas on how to clean for the holidays.