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Holiday Cleaning: Tips for a Guest-Ready Home

Published: December 14, 2011 via

How deep do you go when cleaning for holiday guests? If you live in the Lynchburg area, do you use Lynchburg cleaning services for a deep, professional clean? There are some who like a spotless home – but you can have a clean home without going overboard.

If you think wiping down countertops and fluffing a few pillows in advance of the guest onslaught will land you on Santa’s “nice” list this holiday season, check that list twice. The extreme cleaners (telephone buttons! vacuum brushes! remote controls!) featured in this New York Times article may make you feel like a slacker.

But you can bring your home to sparkling guest-readiness without going overboard. A few tips from the “Times” will keep your home merry, bright, and clean:

  1. Scrub your entryway. Wipe down your front door, give the doormat a good shake, and make sure dust and dirt haven’t collected on floors and furniture legs. These are the first things guests will see when they arrive, so keeping them clean will guarantee a good first impression.

  2. Focus on the kitchen. People tend to gather around the food during the holidays, so make sure your kitchen looks and smells nice. Don’t forget to dust the light fixtures and flush sink drains with boiling water. If you face any issue with drainage on regular basis, it might be a prudent option to contact a professional plumbing service by looking for keywords such as “plumber El Segundo” or similar others according to your vicinity, so that you don’t face any drainage problem in your kitchen while guests are around.

  3. Whatever you do, don’t neglect the loo. Don’t just wipe surfaces; break out the stiff-bristled brush and scouring powder to really scrub things clean. You can give them a spray afterwards too with something like Lysol ( for that extra touch of cleanliness.

  4. Sniff out bad smells. If you clean your home and something still doesn’t smell quite right, brew some coffee. The aroma will cover it up.

HouseLogic also has a few cost-conscious cleaning tips to get your home holiday ready:

  1. Give your garbage disposal some love, considering how much it will “consume” this season. To cut down on odors, chop up a whole lemon – rind and all – and let the disposal gobble it up. Throw in ice cubes to sharpen the blades. If you feel like your garbage disposal is malfunctioning, you might want to consider getting in touch with experts such as Make It Drain Plumbing (, or other specialists in your area to get it checked and repaired if need be.

  2. How about one soap for everything? If you’ve got a bottle of castile soap ($10 for a 16-oz. bottle), you’re ready for anything. It can be laundry detergent, mopping solution, and shampoo, just to name a few. Just don’t use it on your hair too often, or it’ll strip those natural oils out faster than you can say Santa Claus.

  3. Make sure you can see the guests coming. Keep windows clean and streak-free on the cheap with an easy mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Wipe down windows with a reusable microfiber cloth.

  4. With all your holiday cooking, stovetops and ovens are bound to get dirty. Baking soda and water make a simple scouring solution that can scrub off that baked-on gunk.

  5. To save money, make your own bathroom cleaning products. For example, to unclog a drain for pennies, pour half a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain for at least 30 minutes, then flush it with boiling water.

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