Quick Holiday Cleaning Tips

Kiwi Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning is all about getting a “deep-clean”. And we certainly recommend that you call Kiwi to take care of your deep-cleaning needs. This includes but is not limited to, stubborn carpet and upholstery stains or dirty, stained, tile and grout. Some customers prefer to have their carpeting steam cleaned prior to houseguests, while others wait until after the traffic has passed leaving behind their morsels of festive foods in the couch and carpeting. Whatever your preference, Kiwi Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning has convenient appointments to fit your schedule.

But we also know, for busy families like yours, sometimes “deep-cleaning” just isn’t an option. So our Kiwi Green Crew Carpet & Upholstery cleaning team has put together a quick household cleaning tips list for you this holiday season. This list not only includes quick carpet & upholstery cleaning tips but cleaning tips for other areas of your home as well.

1. First, determine the total amount of time you have to spend on your cleaning. Take that total number of minutes and divide it by the number of rooms in your house. In example, if you have 2 hours that is 120 minutes, divided by let’s say 7 rooms. That gives you approximately 17 minutes per room. Take a timer with you to help you stay focused in each room. Remember this is a quick pickup; we are not doing a deep dive.

2. Whichever room your guests will enter through, make sure to use some of that time to step outside and quickly inspect what your guests will see while they are waiting to come in. You may want to clean glass on the door, remove cob webs, shoes, and clutter. Then walk into the house and look around what are the first things your guest will see? Remove piles of clutter and anything that has been stacked up, mail, keys, etc. Fluff pillows, broom sweep the entry, and wipe down any scuffs on the door, handles, and light switches. Don’t worry about vacuuming carpeted areas yet, we will do that last all at one time.

3. Move from room to room and try to stay focused on the big stuff such as making beds, removing laundry and trash, wiping down switches, counters, etc. Of course if there is a dust science project growing on a piece of furniture, go ahead and do a quick wipe across it removing the biggest part of the dust. Avoid fussing over details like dusting picture frames and wiping down the nooks and crannies. Chances are your guest won’t notice that stuff and you will need any extra time you pick up along the way for the bathroom(s).

4. Ah yes the bathrooms, this is an area where your guests are most likely to pay attention and so should you. Unless you have overnight guests you probably do not need focus on the showers. Do focus on scrubbing the toilet from the top all the way to the floor. Wipe down the counters and clean mirrors. Tuck toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes and the like in a cabinet or under the sink to remove clutter. Restock the toilet paper, hand soap, and hand towels. Make sure to wipe down light switches, handles, and give the floors a good cleaning. Lastly, remove all trash.

5. Now for the kitchen/dining area. Treat these areas just like the rest of the rooms, focus on the big stuff and keep moving. You may want to take a seat at your dining table and look around. What will your guests see as they are sitting? Are their cobwebs around the room or smudges on the table and chairs? The day your guests are scheduled to arrive make sure the dishwasher is relatively empty so after dinner cleanup will be quick and easy. Set the coffee pot so with the quick press of a button a fresh pot will be ready to go. This will allow you to get back to the family fun much quicker.

6. Spot-wash carpet & upholstered furniture. If you have upholstered dining chairs or other furniture, depending on the fabric, you can use either, a cloth lightly dampened with water and spot clean the fabric or for tougher spots, especially on your carpeted areas, use Kiwi Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning’s Folex™ Professional Spot Remover.

7. Lastly, grab the vacuum cleaner and vacuum at least the main areas where people will gather. (In example, don’t vacuum the bedrooms if you have run out of time.) As you go through your house take a moment to vacuum under the throw rugs or use the vacuum attachments to grab a hard to reach cob web, clean the steps, and even visibly fuzzy air duct vent covers.

While just thinking about all of this is exhausting, if you set the timer and focus on the most visible messes, you will surely add a little shine to your home for the holidays. Everyone will think you spent days getting your home ready. At Kiwi Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning we hope you enjoy the holiday season. And don’t worry, even if everyone leaves their leftovers in your carpet and upholstery, Kiwi’s two-step deep clean process can get your home back together in no time.


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