Home cleaning tasks to tackle after the holidays
The countertops were polished and the floors all spick-and-span, and then came friends and family, trudging through the foyer with suitcases and gifts in tow. Or perhaps in your hurry to get out the door, you weren’t able to tidy things the way you usually do before traveling.
Take these steps to get your home back in shape and get a fresh start on the new year.
Steam your carpets. Do your carpets look filthy? Don’t fret. Steam cleaning pulls stains from your floor using heat and pressure, so you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals in your carpet — or replacing parts of it because grape juice, wine and eggnog found their way into the bottom layers of the fiber. Rent a steam cleaner from your nearby supermarket to DIY. If you need extra help, you can expect to pay about $175 for this type of work, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. Plus, post-holidays is the perfect time to do it: All of that foot traffic is officially out the door.
Organize holiday decorations. As you remove Christmas lights or pack away the menorah for another year, make sure to do so in an organized way. Use empty egg cartons to store ornaments, and clearly label bags and boxes before you put them back into storage. If you need help lifting, carrying or removing decorations, don’t hesitate to call in a local handyman for help.
Clean the upholstery. This is an oft overlooked but relatively inexpensive way to revive your furniture. Give your couch a good vacuuming to freshen things up and take care of crumbs and pet hair. Then, use a reputable upholstery cleaner — or mix up your own homemade version — for an even deeper clean. (Just be sure to spot test first, and always follow manufacturer’s directions for your furniture.) If you’re having trouble with stubborn stains, call a trained professional in to help.
Proper maintenance and regular cleaning is vital to keep your appliances running as they should. Give your appliances a thorough wipe down and also take a look inside them. Compost or toss out holiday leftovers from your fridge, and turn your oven on self-clean. Run your dishwasher through a hot-water cycle with a cup of white vinegar inside to tackle any grease and grime. Your appliances will be clean and you’ll feel refreshed.
Do a deep cleaning. You don’t have to do it all at once, but deep cleaning your house is a perfect way to wrap up the decade. Bring in the new year with freshly cleaned carpets, sparkling bathrooms and comfort on every level of your home. If you need a little break, bring in some help. Homeowners typically pay between $115 and $235 for a professional cleaning service, via HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. When you’re finished cleaning, enjoy some R&R. You’ve just made it through another successful holiday season!
Get the new year started right with a deep cleaning of the entire house.