It’s that time of the year again. But unfortunately, Christmas can be very stressful, especially with a to-do list longer than Santa’s! To help you get your home ready in time, here are some Christmas cleaning tips.
1. Make a list (and check it twice!)
Before you begin, make sure you have a plan. This will make the whole process quick and efficient.
Start by walking through every room in your home and note which areas need more attention than the rest. This will be easier if you put everything in its place first to avoid leaving any details off the list. In the process, you can throw out anything that you do not require or put it in a give-away box. As you go, also note which supplies are low and likely need replenishing before the busy Christmas period begins.
Consider the following:
– Which room requires a deep clean?
– Which ones require regular cleaning?
– Are the vents alright or full of dust and webs?
– How are the walls behind the kitchen appliances?
– Are the kitchen appliances free of grease and grime?
– Are the bathroom and kitchen ceilings alright?
– Has the fireplace and chimney been swept?
Once this is complete, divide the tasks in terms of difficulty and time required. For the extremely tasking ones, hire a professional cleaning service to help out. This leaves you to focus on the other Christmas preparation tasks.
2. Putting everything in motion
If you decide to do it yourself, begin with the higher surfaces – ceilings and vents – and then end with the lower surfaces. In the kitchen, clean and polish the stove-top, fridge, and oven. Throw away expired items and degrease the oven. Clean all the cooking equipment and special cutlery. Next, do a silver polish on all those with reflective surfaces. Dust all the Christmas decorations, paintings, and other decals in your home. Test the decorations and throw away the non-functional ones.
3. Consider the finishing touches
Once done cleaning all the rooms, ensure your linens are freshly washed, ironed and well-placed, particularly if you are welcoming guests. Also, ensure you restock any supplies, kitchen cabinets, and the fridge/freezer.
As for the carpet, it will likely need professional cleaning to ensure it is free of dirt when everyone has gathered around on the big day. No matter how well you scrub or vacuum it, dirt will always linger, so it could be time to invest in a professional clean at this time of year.
4. Ask for help
Many hands make light work, so if you can call in help from the family that will take a load off your shoulders. However, with everyone tending to be much busier in the run-up to Christmas, additional cleaning duties could cause stress. This is where it can help to call in the professionals – review your checklist and see what tasks they could take on to help save you time.
Of course, it is always advisable to book a cleaning service early to avoid being frustrated ahead of the big day. At Swift Services, we offer professional home and office cleaning services. Contact us to get more information on our services and also get a free quote.