As you’re planning your holiday parties, you’re probably thinking about what food you’ll serve, if you’ll do a white elephant gift exchange, and who to invite. Have you considered how you’ll clean before the party? Cleaning isn’t the most fun part of preparing for a party, but it’s very important. A clean home makes your guests feel more comfortable and cuts down on the passing of germs and allergens. Here are some of our must-dos before having guests over.
- Wipe down the countertops. If you’re hosting a party, you’ve likely prepared a lot of food. After the food prep is over, make sure to wipe down your counters, especially if you prepared any meats. Also be sure to wipe off table tops. No one likes to sit down for a meal and find that their napkin is stuck to a sticky spot on the table. Be sure that your surfaces are clean and you’ll prevent passing germs and grossing out your guests.
- Clean the carpets and rugs. Take a vacuum over every inch of carpeting in your home. Carpets are notorious for collecting dirts, germs, and allergens. If it’s been a while, you’re probably going to want to call a professional cleaner like Old Dominion Chem-Dry in. You may be used to the random spots and stains on your floors, but your guests will notice them. This is even more important if you have pets. Carpets tend to hold onto pet smells, and we get used to it because we smell it everyday. However, guests will definitely notice pet smells unless you take care of them.
- Don’t forget about your upholstered furniture. Furniture has the same weaknesses as carpets. If your furniture looks dingy or dirty, get it cleaned. Your guests will be much more comfortable sitting on a freshly cleaned couch instead of one with a mysterious stain on it. If you have pets, keep them off the furniture after you have it clean in order to prevent the upholstery from being soiled again.
- Sanitize the touch points around your home. Think about the things that you and your guests are most likely to touch: the light switches, door knobs, and more. Take a disinfecting wipe over these surfaces to quickly sanitize them. You’ll going to want to this again after your party to remove germs that built up from your guests.
- Lay down a door mat. This is more a preventative measurethan actual cleaning, but think about it. It’s winter, and if you live somewhere where it snows, your guest are likely to bring in salt and water on their shoes. Stop this at the door by catching it with a door mat inside and outside your home.
- Check your furnace air filter. As you circulate heat around your home, you’re also circulating dust, allergens, germs and anything else in the air. Prevent this by checking and cleaning your air filter and you and your guests will breathe easier.
We hope these tips help you throw the happiest, cleanest, and healthiest holiday party!