How to Do the Post-Party Clean-up Easier and Faster

With the holidays approaching, everybody wonders how and where to celebrate to ensure the fun will be outstanding. Some of you, for certain reasons, have chosen to throw the party at your own house. Moms and housekeepers know how exhausting the after-party cleanup could be.

Good planning and having the right supplies pre-celebration is the best way to avoid a long clean-up at the end of your party.

Read on for tips on how to do the post-party clean-up easier and faster.

Pre-Party Preparation

The more detailed your preventive measures are, the less efforts your post party cleaning will be.

  • Keep paper towels accessible to absorb any spills as soon as they happen.
  • Before the celebration starts, make sure you have coasters available and trash cans conveniently placed in high-traffic areas.
  • Line the trashcan with two or more bags, so you can always have a clean one at the ready.
  • Don't forget to close or lock the doors to rooms you want to restrict access to. You may also bring any valuable objects to a safe place.
  • Empty the dishwasher as you will need it urgently later.

After-Party Fixes

Now that the last guest has left it's just you and the mess. But don't panic! Following these few tips and cleansing organized will guarantee you a smooth and easy process of cleaning.

  • Before you grab the vacuum, perform a good house walk-through and remove any spills before they become stains. For spots on carpets or upholstery, the first thing to do is soaking up any excess fluid by pressing a paper towel into the stain. Absorb as much as you can, then use a go-to stain remover to finish the task.
  • If holiday candles drop on any wood furniture, warm the spilled wax with a hairdryer and wipe it away with a cloth. Any remainings can be cleaned with a mixture of vinegar and water in equal parts. If you find a gum on your floor or couch, freeze it by applying ice. The gum will detach bodily. If not, repeat the operation until the gum is out.
  • To deal with the table, take all dishes and cutlery into the kitchen and put them in the dishwasher. Tip out the tablecloth and carry the linens to the washing machine. Leave them to soak overnight after you filled it with warm water and detergent.
  • Leftovers like salads, dips, veggie or cheese platters go to the trash can. The food you plan to keep should be covered with foil or moved to containers before you put it into the fridge.
  • If someone broke a glass, put on rubber gloves and pick up the biggest pieces. Next vacuum the spot, and to be sure even the smallest pieces are gone, press a slice of bread against the floor. You will be surprised how bread magically gathers all tiny glass particles.
  • Water rings can be very annoying, but cleaning them is quite easy. I know a very good green recipe, containing only one teaspoon of salt and some olive oil. Mix them to form an abrasive and rub gently into the spot until it's gone. Finish with a furniture polish.
  • Finally, vacuum the carpets and mop the floors. If you find dirt and junk on couches or chairs, vacuum them too.

Worst part of home celebrations is the cleaning after. If you are exhausted of partying, you can always hire professional cleaners to do the job for you. Still, if you are organized and efficient, an hour is just enough time to clean all the mess.

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