Whether it’s the holidays or not, having guests over is one of the best parts of being a homeowner. However, when you’re short on time and your house hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it can be a bit stressful. To help lower that stress, we’ve put together a quick list to show you how to clean your house fast:
Remove All the Clutter
Clutter is one of the biggest reasons a home starts looking like a complete mess. Luckily, it’s also the easiest thing to put on your speed-cleaning list. Grab a laundry basket for clothes, bring out a bin for recyclable materials, and do whatever else it takes to remove everything that’s sitting around making a mess.
Focus on High-Traffic Areas
Whether you have someone dropping by in an hour or the next day, be sure to concentrate on the high-traffic areas. These will include your living room, kitchen, and bathroom. You can probably skip places such as a guest room and laundry room, though it depends on whether the guests will be staying overnight because of the holidays.
Grab Some Microfiber Cloths
We’re not sure about you, but dust is often the bane of our existence! It accumulates very quickly, and, before you know it, places that you could’ve sworn were just clean yesterday are now a big mess. If you have guests coming over, grab some microfiber cloths and wipe down all the dusty surfaces. And don’t forget to concentrate on removing pet hair!
Carpet Cleaning with Baking Soda
Vacuuming your carpet before people arrive is an absolute must, but you should go a step further. Start by spreading baking soda over the carpet and then waiting 15 minutes before cleaning it. This will make the carpet “pop” while also removing odors that your guests might notice.
Concentrate on the Bathroom
Let’s be honest: even the best people in the world will judge others by the state of their bathroom. Guests will forgive a lack of tidiness in other rooms if your bathroom has clean counters, floors, and especially a sparkling toilet. Once you’ve cleaned up, make sure you put out fresh hand towels, perhaps install a new roll of toilet paper, and “spritz” the air with an air freshener.
Call a Professional Cleaner
If you have a few days before guests arrive, call a professional to do the cleaning for you. They’ll get your home looking great in a matter of hours, freeing you up for other important tasks. To really impress everyone, schedule a deep cleaning where even your home’s nooks and crannies will be thoroughly cleaned.
Dust with a lint roller
Even if you have a bunch of microfiber cloths available, using a lint roller is a good idea. You can use a roller on practically any surface, but we’d suggest items like lampshades, light fixtures, etc. That being said, don’t try to use these on large areas because you’ll end up using an entire roll and still might not get everything.
Put Dishes in the Dishwasher
Next to a dirty toilet, dishes in the sink are probably the biggest no-no when having guests over. If you have any dishes in the sink and you don’t have time to run the dishwasher, at least rinse them and set them inside. Yes, we understand that’s cheating and simply puts a Band-Aid over an existing problem, but we’ll keep your secret just this once.
Take Out All of the Garbage
Everyone knows that when you have lingering odors from your trash can, your olfactory senses will adjust and you won’t notice them anymore. Because of this, it’s important that you take out every bag of garbage, no matter how full, and replace the bags. Then, spray some air freshener in these areas before guests arrive.
Cover up unpleasant kitchen odors
We know the scenario: You fixed fish just the night before, and now someone’s about to stop by. A quick way to cover up the smell is to add three tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water and boil it on the stove for several minutes. Then, add something sweet to it, such as orange peels or cinnamon sticks. Just don’t blame us if they ask what delicious dish you’ve been cooking up!
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