Holiday Cleaning Shortcuts

Holiday Cleaning Shortcuts

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us again. This means house guests, parties and all sorts of holiday fun, which also means a lot of cleaning before and after guests arrive. But finding time to clean can be difficult when you still have to shop, cook, wrap gifts and write cards. A few shortcuts — like only cleaning the rooms guests will see — can really save time and energy. {{more}}Here are some other handy tips to help you quickly get your home ready for the holidays: * You only get one chance to make a good first impression. The front door and entranceway of your home are the first things guests will see. Make sure doors and light fixtures are spotless. Remove dirt and grime from vinyl siding around the main entrance so when people arrive they feel welcome. And do yourself a favor and skip the broom. The vacuum is an easier way to pick up anything on your floor, regardless of whether it’s carpet, hardwood or tile. * The kitchen is an inevitable guest-magnet, so wipe down your countertops and cupboards to make them shine. When cleaning the stove, make sure the burners are turned off and use a damp micro-fiber cloth, which won’t smear the cooking surface. Look for tough spots like wine stains or syrup that can seep into cracks and corners, leaving a yucky mess. And save even more time by using a multipurpose cleaner and degreaser, such as Greased Lightning, which cleans kitchen and bathroom surfaces, as well as carpet stains, pet stains and even wine stains on your favorite holiday sweater. * Open that fridge and toss any old food. Be sure to wipe down the shelves. Next, load up the dishwasher and don’t forget the sponges. Sponges are a hangout for contaminants and can easily spread germs to other parts of the kitchen. Loading them in the dishwasher keeps them fresh and clean. * Remember the powder room. This is perhaps the only place in your home where guests will spend time alone. Dim the lights to help them feel welcomed and relaxed. Offer a clean and comfortable place to refresh by scrubbing the toilet, shower, sink and floors, removing any signs of mold or mildew. Make sure mirrors are free of water spots and fingerprints. For more cleaning shortcuts, visit www.greased-lightning.com. Above all, try to have fun while keeping your home clean. Play some upbeat music or have family members compete to see who can clean the fastest. You can even cleverly involve guests by asking them to wear funky holiday socks to show off during the party, simultaneously sparing your carpets and floors!