How do cleaning agencies work their magic after the manic holiday season?
Here’s everything you need to know to execute a thorough and comprehensive post-Christmas clean.
Christmas and New Year are exciting and busy times.
But the festive feeling can quickly fade away when you’re left with the ugly aftermath: a house that no longer looks like a house…
More like a market place…
After everyone’s gone home…
With the celebrations are over, getting your home back into shape before you back to work and back in to the ‘normal’ into a daily routine, can be a daunting task…
St Anne’s Top Tips for Post-Christmas Cleaning, from our domestic house-keeping agency St Anne’s Housekeeping) will get you started.
1. Plan Your Time and What Needs to be Done
Firstly, don’t stress yourself out by trying to get everything done in one day. Plan and prioritise what needs to be cleaned and organised first.
The guest bedroom you made up can be a lower priority, but cleaning the oven after Christmas can be higher.
Sometimes, the sheer scale of the cleaning job at hand can make it feel like just too much for you to do on your own — and that’s fine.
Hiring an expert housekeeping agency can take the weight off of your shoulders and get your home looking spic-and-span once again.
2. Clean Under All the Furniture
Whenever you move your furniture, it’s pretty incredible what you find underneath them!
After Christmas and New Year, you can find anything: wrapping paper, nuts, Christmas cracker toys, mince pies; the list is endless.
It’s important to move furniture around in your post-Christmas and New Year tidy-up, for this very reason.
Runaway chocolate or nuts will start to create an odour; they can also attract unwanted visitors, like mice. It’ll bug you if you can’t find that special Christmas card from your friend, and it’s common for things to disappear over Christmas, especially if you have a lot of people in your house. The sooner you find them, the better. They may well be hiding under that armchair…
3. Recycling and Present Donations
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to be more environmentally friendly? Recycling in London can be easy, and you can do your bit by efficiently chucking out items gathered over the festive period. Check with your local borough council about what you can recycle and where to put it. Wrapping paper and food packaging are often excessive at Christmas, but a lot of these things can be recycled.
Take time to go through all of your presents and decide if you really need them. Keeping presents that you don’t have a use for can lead to a cluttered home. Although they may have sentimental value, decluttering your home of the gifts you won’t use is important. Local charity shops are always happy to receive unwanted gifts after Christmas.
4. Getting Out The Tough Christmas Stains
Mulled wine, chocolate, candle wax; these delights we love at Christmas can turn into nightmares in the New Year. Stains such as wine need to be addressed immediately; if you’re having problems, consult with a domestic cleaning agency.
Removing candle wax can be easy with a hairdryer. You’ll need to melt the wax and wipe it away with an old cloth or paper towel. Scrub away any excess, but you may have to be careful and gentle, depending on the surface.
For chocolate and other food stains on tablecloths, cushions or clothes, be sure to put them in the washing machine and check the stain is removed before drying them, as once they’ve dried, the stain may be harder to remove. Different food and drink requires different attention, so take 30 seconds to look up the best way to remove the stain.
5. Hire a Cleaning Agency in London
Has it all been too much? Are you now back at work without having even put away the Christmas decorations? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Hiring a cleaning agency in London to take care of the post-Christmas chaos is common. Leaving the work to somebody else can take a load off of your plate and you’ll know that your house will be looking great in no time.
Call St Anne’s Cleaning now on: 0203 397 7495