Holidays can be stressful. There’s no doubt you’ll have people coming and going this holiday season, and while you want to put on a great party, you also want to welcome them to a clean, healthy home. Here are some things you should think about as you prepare for your holiday entertaining.
Why a Clean House Is So Important
It’s just a sad fact of life that the holiday season corresponds with cold and flu season. That means you’re likely to have a guest or two who’s dealing with some kind of sickness. That’s a huge reason to keep your house clean: to cut down on germs and the possibility of spreading them. A disinfected house is a welcome respite for guests and a deterrent for germs.
The other reason to have a clean house is purely aesthetic: We all want to welcome guests to a pristine home! Unless you host the holidays at your house every year, the likelihood is that your friends and family aren’t seeing it very often. And isn’t it nice when they comment on how clean and beautiful everything is?
Think About Where Guests Will Be
Having a clean home top to bottom is the ideal, but sometimes that’s just not possible. You may have a large home, limited time, or get a last-minute call that Mom can’t host and you need to step in. Whatever the case may be, having a welcoming environment is doable. Just pay attention to where your guests will spend the majority of their time.
At most parties, the kitchen is the hub, followed closely by the living and dining areas. Make sure you’ve decluttered, dusted, vacuumed, and mopped those areas. Wipe down leather furniture and vacuum fabric upholstery to pull up any dust or dander.
Naturally, the bathroom will be a focal area during the holiday season, so keep that clean. You may even choose to put a nice candle in there, but be wary of artificial scents, which can aggravate allergies for some guests.
Focus on High-touch Areas
With the holiday season also being cold and flu season, you’ll want to be sure you’re paying special attention to high-touch areas during your cleaning. That includes entryways and bathrooms.
In entryways, disinfect door handles and locks, both inside and outside of your home. Think of all the places you and guests enter and exit your home: the front door, garage door, and back door, including any screen doors.
Wipe down light switches that get used regularly (and are often overlooked during cleaning). These are probably located at entryways, in the kitchen, living areas, and bathrooms. Remember the refrigerator, microwave, and oven doors as well.
In the bathrooms, which will be used over and over during your holiday season entertaining, keep them clean in between uses by either putting disinfectant wipes in the room for guests to use on faucets, door handles, and light switches or, better yet, assign a family member to go through and wipe down these areas periodically during your get together.
Holiday Season Cleaning Is Easier with Carnation Home Cleaning!
There’s a lot to do during the holiday season if your home is the designated gathering place. Add to your prep work taking care of your family, managing extracurricular activities and appointments, and going to you 9–5 job, and your plate can get pretty full! Instead of worrying about cleaning, try something new and focus on your family this holiday season. Your time is much better spent in gratitude and joy than in scrubbing and mopping.
Carnation Home Cleaning has your holiday cleaning needs covered. Whether you prefer a one-time deep clean or before-and-after-the-party cleans, or you’d like to regain some time with weekly or biweekly cleaning, we have the schedule that works for you and your family. After all, we’re a family-owned business, so we know the importance of relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones during the holiday season.