For most families, a merry Christmas means a messy Christmas. Between wrapping paper, spilled drinks, food stains, and seemingly endless decorations, it can seem like a tall task to clean up after the holidays. But you don’t need a Christmas miracle to get your house back to spick-and-span condition. You just need a few house cleaning tips from the pros at Maid Right®.
Whether you’re cleaning up cranberry sauce, packing away decorations, or tidying up after a visit from the in-laws, we have the tips and tricks you need to recover from yuletide messes and Christmas clutter. The house cleaning tips below make cleaning up after Christmas a breeze.
Cleaning Tips for Post-Christmas Tidying
- Gift Wrap, Gift Bags, Ribbons, Etc. Gift wrap, gift bags, and related items can be a pain to clean up. Make things easier by sorting them into three categories: reusable items, items you can use for packing ornaments (see below), and items that need to be thrown out or recycled.
- Stopping Glitter. If any wrapping paper, bags, cards, or other items have glitter, make sure these items are thrown out as soon as possible. Immediately perform a thorough vacuuming. This is especially important if you opened gifts in an area with carpeting.
- Christmas Decorations. Make decorating easy next year by taking photos of this year’s decorations before you put them away. When packing up ornaments and decoration, use torn giftwrap and tissue paper from Christmas gifts to wrap breakable items.
- Organizing Christmas Presents. Don’t wait to organize and put away Christmas presents. In particular, make sure that you collect any items that you’ll need to return or exchange, plus the receipts you’ll need for these gifts.
- End-of-Year Decluttering. The holidays are notorious for creating tons of Christmas clutter. So as you’re putting away new items, check for old items that you can throw away or donate to make space.
- Maintain the Christmas Spirit. Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean you need to lose the Christmas spirit. Make Christmas cleanup fun by playing your favorite holiday tunes and basking in the post-Christmas glow.
- Check Your Carpeting, Rugs, and Upholstery. Christmas celebrations can be bad news for carpeting, rugs, and upholstery. Spills tend to go unnoticed, causing them to set into fibers and become near-impossible to get rid of. After Christmas, do a detailed check for stains and quickly clean up any that you find.
The Best Ways to Clean Christmas Stains
You might already know how to tackle red wine and chocolate stains. But you might be unsure how to clean up seasonal spills and stains. Here are house cleaning tips on the best ways to clean stains caused by three Christmas staples: eggnog, cranberry sauce, and candy canes.
- Best Way to Clean… Eggnog Stains: Fresh eggnog spills can be cleaned by blotting up as much of the eggnog as possible, then using a solution of lukewarm water and a tiny bit of dishwashing soap to lift and blot the stain. Rinse and blot the fibers with water after cleaning to remove any final residues. If the stain has set in and dish soap isn’t doing the trick, use a solution of two-parts water to one-part vinegar.
- Best Way to Clean… Cranberry Sauce Stains: When cleaning cranberry sauce stains, make sure to lift as much of the spilled sauce up first using a dull knife. Be careful not to spread the stain or rub it into the fibers. Flush the stain with cool water and blot up as much of the stain as possible. Create a mix of two-parts cool water and one-part vinegar and add a drop of dish soap. Apply mixture and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Flush with cool water and blot dry. If the stain remains visible, repeat these steps with a mixture of water and oxygen bleach.
- Best Way to Clean… Candy Cane Stains: Candy canes and other hard candies can be difficult to clean. If a sticky candy cane has glued itself to your carpet, tablecloth, upholstery, or clothing, don’t clean it up immediately. First, apply a zip lock bag filled with ice cubes to the candy, which will make the candy easier to remove. Once the candy is frozen, use the same technique listed above for cranberry sauce to lift the candy cane up from the fabric and remove the stain from the fibers.
Facing a major post-Christmas clean up? Maid Right can help. Call (855) 624-3744 to learn about residential cleaning services available in your area.