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Easter Bank Holiday Weekend – Party Prep Clean!by Carla Ditzel, Mar 2018
A clean home is a happy home, and seeing as we’re a house proud nation, before plastering the walls with Easter bunting, putting out drinks and laying out a fine spread of finger foods, we must give our living spaces a good old clean.
Where to start? If you’re planning to entertain friends and family over the Bank Holiday, this brief guide will ensure you’re prepared to put your feet up with friends whilst the kids hunt for egg-shaped chocolate goodies.
- Add a fresh fragrance
While the garden is naturally fragranced with the scent of perfumed flowers (or perhaps more likely wet grass, right now) the smell indoors is in your hands. How do you bring the fresh smells of the season into your house? General cleanliness will improve the smell, but as a quick fix add some scented vacuum granules into the dirt bin before vacuum cleaning and they will release a pleasant fragrance as you go. Two birds, one stone!
- Think pets
As much as we love them, our beautiful fur babies (big or small) can create chaos in the home and nothing turns the stomach quite like pet mess and odour. Vacuuming can help get rid of their hair, and be sure to pay special attention to the areas that your pets love i.e. their beds, sofas, rugs. Some vacuums come with a special tool for removing pet hair that makes the job easy.
- Make carpets like new
Carpet has a huge impact on the overall appearance of the home. Use an extraction washer as well as giving your carpets a thorough, all-over wash, make sure to treat any tough marks and stains to make your carpet look like new!
- Refresh upholstery
Whether you’re entertaining inside or out, it’s likely friends and family will want soft clean surfaces to sit on, so ensure you clean the sofas, curtains, chairs and more. If you’ve left the cushions on your patio furniture outside in the garden for a while, give them a cycle in the wash.
- Clean high, clean low, clean in between
The areas at eye-level are the ones your friends are most likely to see but dust can still congregate beneath furniture and up on high shelves. This can cause discomfort to guests who suffer from asthma and dust allergies, so try to focus your attention on the less obvious places, too. Cordless vacuum cleaners and handhelds are a lifesaver for hard-to-reach zones.
- Restroom (selfie central)
If the home is our castle, the bathroom is our throne room. A mess in here is the biggest faux-pas. Your guests should feel comfortable whatever room they are in and it’s likely at some point they will all need to visit this one! Showers, taps and bathtubs will all be sparkling if you use a steam cleaner. From the mirrors to the windows, to the sinks, to the shower door, steam can help you clean your bathroom and helps eliminate germs as you go!
- Pressure wash your garden to perfection
Grime, moss and dirt are unsightly guests at any garden party, but it’s unavoidable. The good news is that you can blast it away with a pressure washer, and it can be quite good fun (think giant water pistol). You can clean the BBQ, garden furniture, fences, patios, the shed, cars and bikes. Sure you don’t need to do all of this, but whilst you’re in the swing of things…
- Food preparation areas should be spotless
Maybe you’re a host who prefers finger foods, or perhaps you’re planning on throwing a three-course dinner party. Either way, your kitchens and serving areas need to be spick and span! Clean all the surfaces, even the ones you won’t be using. Empty the bins and leave something with a light fragrance in these areas beforehand, like a reed diffuser or a scented candle.
- Have an emergency ‘cleaning kit’ to hand
Where fun is to be had, spills and accidents are always a possibility. Of course, you don’t want to spend the whole occasion cleaning up. Keep it simple and stress-free, make sure you have the right tools for the job. Keep an emergency ‘cleaning kit’ to hand, including a clean sponge, lint roller, dustpan and brush, stain remover and rubber gloves. If required, whip these out, swiftly deal with the mess and you’re done. Back to the Prosecco!
- Mess prevention ahead of time
It’s one thing cleaning up messes after the event, but prevention is better than cure. Keep wet wipes handy for the little ones’ chocolatey fingers and try to throw empties straight into the recycle bin. If all else fails – it’ll still be there in the morning!
Well Polished Congleton can help with one-off cleans, and regular weekly/fortnightly cleaning. Give us a call or drop us n email to check cleaner availability: Congleton@well-polished.com