It is the Holiday season again! Everybody is hurrying to buy and wrap presents, shop for the Christmas Eve menu and decorate their homes. It really is the busiest time of the year, and in London, the hustle is even bigger. With so many markets and stores, you can get easily carried away, all the while your home is waiting to be prepared for the arrival of Santa. Usually, the Holiday cleaning is the last one for this year and therefore it is not as thoroughly as the one during the Spring. You have a lot on your mind and investing your free time in scrubbing and washing doesn’t sound good. That is why we have decided to offer you a fast and complete guide on how to tidy up your London home for the upcoming festivities.
Fast-Cleaning Rules for Your London House
Let’s be real. We all just want to get it over with and not prolongate the dreaded cleaning process for the whole day. That is precisely why we offer you some cleaning rules:
- Get everybody involved. If your kids want to welcome Santa, their rooms need to be spotless.
- If it doesn’t look dirty – ignore it. There will come a day in which you will deep-clean your London home. Today is not that day, so stop wasting time on unnecessary wiping and dusting.
- Use the right tools. If you are not properly prepared, you will have to go to the store, spend time searching for your vacuum’s attachments in the basement and all sorts of small time-eating tasks.
- How to not wash your windows — Yes, yes, you should regularly clean your windows but let’s face it — nobody has time for this. Just put your curtains in the laundry machine with some expensive detergent and softener and let them spin. Next, hang them while there are still damp. Nobody will go inspecting your windows if the curtains are sparkling clean and smell fresh.
Preparing Your London Home for the Christmas Party
Bad luck you are the host this year and you not only have to cook but you also have to clean. Preparing your home for a family gathering can be stressful especially if you have that one judgemental aunt, that will check every corner of the room. For such occasions we say – don’t mind her, Christmas is about being with the people you love, not clean like crazy. Following the fast-cleaning rules here is what you need to do to prepare your London home:
- Vacuum all carpets and floors. Forget about moping – the floors will need time to dry out, and you haven’t got a second to spare.
- Dust the lower shelves and all the visible places. If you don’t see it – it is not dirty.
- Using the upholstery attachment hoover your sofas and couches. Fluff the pillows – you are ready. Leave the thorough cleaning of your London home for after the party.
- Make a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water and place it in a spray bottle. Use it to remove mould and mildew from your bathroom and kitchen areas. If the smell is too strong put some essential oils in the mixture. This is faster and safer than bleach, plus your home won’t smell of chlorine.
- Clean your mirrors with window cleaner and kitchen paper. Use the same method for your shower cabin’s doors.
- Pour WC cleaner in the toilet, leave it for 10 minutes, flush the water while scrubbing with the toilet brush. There you are done.
- Use a chrome cleaner for your taps, if you don’t have one in the home use the vinegar mix.
The After-Christmas Cleaning
Everything is finally over, all the guest have left, every present is unwrapped, and the living room is a complete mess. All you want for Christmas is to rest, but alas the dishes in the sink are calling for you. Don’t worry there is an easy way out of this:
- The moment your guests leave put all of the dishes in the dishwasher. If you don’t have one, sink them in soap and hot water for the night. In the morning just rinse them.
- Get the hoover out and vacuum the carpets and furniture.
- Mop the halls, corridors and staircases.
- Make the kids gather all of the small rubbish like paper wrappings and bottle caps in trash bags.
- After all, everybody had fun last night, now everybody must help clean.
- Put the tablecloth in the laundry machine.
- Make yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy a quiet and lazy afternoon.