Ho, ho, ho time for Santa to visit your home, so you need to prepare properly. Hang the Christmas decorations and bake some delicious cookies. You can finally spend some time with your loved ones, so why not organise a family party? Don’t worry you don’t have two spend two days cleaning the house for that. If you follow our easy guide on how to avoid the biggest cleaning mistakes during the holidays, your London house will shine like your Christmas tree.
The Key to the Tidy London Home Is Preparation
During the holidays you won’t have enough time to do all of the shopping. Don’t make the mistake of not stocking properly before Christmas. And we are not talking about wrapping paper and bows. Make sure you have enough:
- Liquid soap;
- Laundry detergent;
- Multipurpose cleaning detergent;
- Toilet and kitchen paper;
- Wet wipes;
Nobody Likes a Smelly Home
When the holiday season begins the number one thing everybody buys is food and lots of it. This means your fridge, freezer and pantry will be filled with all sorts of delicious things. However, to avoid the rotting and the transfer of smells, you need to properly clean all food-related places first. Before going on a shopping spree for the Christmas dinner do the following:
- Defrost your fridge.
- Make a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda and using a microfibre cloth clean your fridge from the inside and out;
- Use the same solution to clean your oven and microwave.
- Throw away all expired foods.
- Consider donating the can goods you don’t want and need.
- Cut a lemon and place it in a plate in the fridge. This way everything will smell citrusy and fresh.
Shine Like a Diamond
In every home all across London and pretty much the entire world there is a beautiful set of silverware that is waiting to be used once a year. Of course, we are talking about the family dinner with your in-laws and extended family members. To be perfectly prepared and dazzle them try this:
- Make a mix of baking soda and water.
- Gently rub the paste on your silverware with a paper cloth.
- Wipe all plates with a soft cotton towel.
- Use a cotton cloth to polish the crystal glasses.
During parties or gatherings, you can’t avoid the food and drink stains. That is why you need to be prepared with an emergency cleaning kit. You can use the following:
- Wet wipes – you can clean clothes as well as upholstery, but you need to do it while the stain is still wet.
- Regular salt – Perfect for preventing oil, grease and tomato stains setting up into the fabric. Cover the stain in a thick layer of salt and after all the guest leave put the damaged tablecloth in the laundry machine.
- A broom and a dustpan – The moment your toddler drops cooky crumbles on the floor or a guest drops a glass, you will be prepared to clean and maintain the perfect condition of your home.
- A mop – If a liquid is spilt onto your wooden floor you better clean it at once or else it might get permanently damaged.
While preparing for the Christmas holidays you may skip tidying a corner or two and it is not a big deal. You can deep-clean your London home during the Spring. However, there are some places that people often forget to take care of:
- The toilet bowl – you need to wash it inside and out. Don’t forget that hard-to-reach, but an easy-to-see spot in the base of your toilet.
- The mirrors – people love to look at themselves, so don’t forget to wipe the mirrors in the bathrooms and the once in the corridors.
- The entry and hallway – the biggest foot traffic happens here so just before your guest arrive, do a final wipe and vacuum the floors
- Chairs – Interestingly enough everybody forgets to wipe their chairs and stools when they are having a party. Nobody likes fibres or smudges on the place where they have to sit. Use a microfibre cloth to polish the hard parts and a squeegee to remove all hairs from the cushion part of your chairs.