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Preparing for the Festive Season

by Carla Ditzel, Nov 2019

“But it’s only November” I hear you say, however, Christmas is just around the corner.  Festive gifts and stacked boxes of chocolates are appearing in the shops, and the weather is getting noticeably colder.

If you’re hosting a party or celebration at home you’ll want to prepare & get your home all clean & tidy ready for the main event.  Don’t leave it until the last minute either.  Get it done now and keep on top of it from week to week.  You can break down the rooms/tasks to make it a little easier!

Here are our best Christmas cleaning suggestions for the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms: –

Kitchen                    

If you’re hosting a big family Christmas meal this year, the kitchen really will be the heart of your home.  However, the kitchen isn’t just about cooking – you need to be H&S conscious when preparing and storing food.

Keep your glassware, cutlery, and crockery clean and shiny. 

Clean your oven before Christmas so that it’s ready to cook that turkey to perfection.  If your oven is covered in small bits of cremated food, it could not only affect the taste of your meat, but it could also start to smoke, leaving a nasty, lingering smell in the house.

Use a good oven cleaner to get your oven clean again, making sure to follow the directions on the label and taking any necessary safety precautions.

Always make sure that the oven is cool before you start to clean it.

Clean your fridge, removing any out-of-date food (and recycle any packaging where possible).  Empty out your fridge so you have plenty of room for things like wine, trifle and tasty leftovers!

Living Room

Vacuuming is important over Christmas to keep your home looking clean and fresh.

Prior to the big day, it’s also important to get your carpets clean before your kids sit on the floor to open and play with their presents from Santa.

If you’ve got rugs, flip them over and vacuum the undersides to remove as much dirt and dust as possible.

Clean the insides of the windows and book a window cleaner for the outside so that your windows are squeaky clean.

Bedrooms

Even if you’re not expecting guests over the festive period, you should always expect the unexpected at Christmas.  Whether it’s the family turning up unannounced, or a friend who pops over and has one too man to drive home, you may end up with some overnight guests.  This means you should make sure that your guest bedroom is ready to receive guests at a moment’s notice. 

Change the sheets so that they’re clean and fresh.  

Vacuum and polish the guest room to freshen it up, which is particularly important if you don’t tend to use this room very often.  Rooms that are left unoccupied for long periods can gather dust, making them quite musty.

Open the windows for an hour or so per day, and maybe move a house plant into the room to make it feel more welcoming and ‘lived in’.

If you’re expecting guests you could make some space in a wardrobe, or a set of drawers, that your guests can use.  If they are planning to stay for a few days, your guests don’t want to be living from a suitcase.  Make sure you check the wardrobes first and give them a quick wipe inside.  You can even hang little sachets in there to freshen them up if they smell musty.

Bathroom

One of the most important rooms in the house, especially when you have guests staying over.  You should pay extra attention to the bathroom and keep it as clean and hygienic as possible.  Not only will your bathroom be used more as you entertain family and friends but maintaining a clean bathroom area is vital to prevent the spread of germs.

Use antibacterial bathroom spray and toilet cleaning products to ensure that your bathroom is fresh, clean and hygienic.

Loo fresheners are always a nice touch, and neatly folded fresh towels will look and smell good.

You’ve earned yourself a lovely glass of mulled wine in front of the fire, which will taste even better now your home feels all fresh and clean.  We hope you found our little pre-Christmas cleaning blog useful – wishing you all a lovely Christmas and New Year from the team at Well Polished Congleton.