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After/Post party clean-up guide

After/Post party clean-up guide

  • By Caroline Cassidy
Christmas and the New Year are a great excuse for a party, but a fabulous festive do has its downside – the aftermath. If you’re feeling a little worse the wear the morning after, facing the spills, stains and mess can be daunting. But with these top tips, you’ll have the place cleaned up in no time.

Let some air in

Start the process by opening windows, no matter how cold. The smell of food, drink, and possibly even cigarettes, can linger long after the guests have departed, so let some air in and the stale odours out.

Avoid accidents

The odd accident might have happened on the night, but there’s no need to make the same mistake while you’re cleaning. Before you do anything else, wrap up leftover food in cling film and get it into the fridge, don the rubber gloves, and tackle bottles and glasses first, reducing the risk of further spillages.

And when it comes to the rubbish, do yourself a favour and double-bag – there’s nothing worse than returning from the bin, only to find a tell-tale trail of something leaked!

Organise a collection
As mentioned above, start your clean-up by gathering glasses and bottles. Be sure to take a dregs bucket with you along the way so that you’re not constantly back and forth from the kitchen. Emptied bottles can then go straight into the recycling bin, and the dishwasher can make a start on the glasses.

Then move onto plates and cutlery, putting food waste either in the bin or ready for the compost heap, and get a bowl of hot soapy water ready to soak those dried-on horrors.

Once the glasses are gleaming, you can get the pre-soaked crockery into the dishwasher for the next round of cleaning.

The stain game
Once the post-party clutter is out of the way, you can survey the scene for spills and stains. In an ideal world, red wine would have been tackled with a paper towel blot while still wet, but if a spill has gone unnoticed, try a specialist product, like Lakeland’s Wine Away.

White vinegar is a must for clean-up purposes, and can be used neat to soak coffee stains, before sponging with water and blotting dry, while a solution of one part vinegar to two parts cool water will help to clear away beer stains.

Dropped chocolate is another post-party bugbear, but by placing paper towels on top and running a cool iron over the offending choccy horror, you can take away a chunk of the problem. For the remaining stain, mix a teaspoon of washing powder in a cup of warm water and sponge, then rinse and blot dry.

Meanwhile cornflour works wonders on grease spots. Simply sprinkle on, leave for ten minutes, the remove the cornflour and sponge with water before blotting dry.

There are, of course, alternative methods in the form of carpet and upholstery stain removers. These are available in most supermarkets, but do be sure to follow the instructions and test a small, unseen area before you start so that you know it’s not going to leave a permanent mark on your furniture.

A quick vacuum, mop up and surface wipe, and you’re ready for a cup of tea and a feet-up afternoon in front of a festive movie.

Useful Cleaning Tips

Very Useful Cleaning Tips

Here are some cleaning tips that may make life a bit easier for you.

Clean Windows
Wash windows on a cloudy, but not rainy day. Working in direct sunlight causes streaks because the cleaning solution dries before you can wipe it off. This is the best time to vacuum the frames and sills. Cool, clear water is the choice of most professional window washers. If windows are very dirty you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water. Use horizontal strokes on the inside and vertical on the outside so you know which side the streaks are on. for drying windows, a wad of crumpled newspaper works just as well as expensive paper towels. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands free of ink.

First remove everything. Then vacuum or dust off all crumbs. Then wet a white nylon backed sponge with dishwashing detergent solution and use the sponge side to go over the counter, including the backsplash. Let the solution set on the surface for a few minutes to soften hard droplets. Then, use the nylon side of the sponge as necessary to remove any stubborn stuff. Buff dry with a clean, lint free towel. If your countertops have lost their luster, try furniture polish or club soda to give a temporary shine to your kitchen.

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