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Holiday Home Cleaning: 22 Tips that Get You Started (and Done!)

living room cleaned and decorated for the holidaysThe holidays are (almost) here! It’s time to get ready for the family Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday celebrations. Holiday cooking, preparing guest rooms, mopping, washing counters…it’s all part of holiday preparations. While we can’t help with the holiday cooking, we can give you cleaning tips that help you clean your home efficiently and completely so you can move on to enjoying the holiday parties.

Pre-Holiday Cleaning Tips

  1. Make a list of cleaning tasks (or use this holiday cleaning checklist) for an efficient and quick holiday clean. Designate the tasks so the holiday cleaning is a team effort.
  2. Start cleaning at the top of the room (i.e. ceiling fans, tops of furniture and appliances, etc.) and work to the floor.
  3. Put down rugs by all the doors to prevent tracking in water and dirt.
  4. On dirty floors, test floor cleaners on areas of flooring that is not visible, so the cleaner does not damage or discolor flooring.
  5. Vacuum and sweep before deep cleaning floors (or hire a cleaning service to tackle the floor cleaning while you’re gone).
  6. Carry cleaning supplies from room to room for faster cleaning.
  7. Clean windows on a grey day so the cleaner doesn’t dry and leave streaks.
  8. To remove pet hair from furniture, use a lint brush to remove stray hairs from cushions and chairs.
  9. Remove all the garbage bags throughout the home at once for an efficient clean (and better-smelling home).
  10. Hire professionals for rooms that need a deep clean, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
  11. Make trash clean-up easier; put out separate containers for trash and recyclables.
  12. Launder all linens and curtains early to ensure they are ready for the holidays (and holiday guests).
  13. Put out extra towels and toilet paper last (after all the cleaning is done) so your home is ready for guests.
  14. Don’t forget to clean walks and driveways so guests are not injured from ice and snow.
  15. Strategically place towels, wash cloths, and cleaning supplies near gathering rooms for easy and fast clean-up (of spills and other accidents).

After Holiday Clean-Up Tips

  1. Wipe down tables and counters as soon as the party is done to eliminate stains and hard-to-clean spills that dry on the surface.
  2. Immediately soak dishes that are dirty to make the dish washing easier or wash dishes after the meal is done.
  3. Sweep and clean as soon as the holiday gathering is done to reduce the chance for scratches and stains on floors.
  4. Hire a floor cleaner to deep clean floors after guests are gone (schedule the appointment before the holidays so it is done as soon as possible).
  5. Don’t wait to clean guest rooms after they leave.
  6. Pre-treat stains on table linens so they are not permanently stained.
  7. Make it easy. Hire a professional home cleaner to completely clean your home as soon as the holidays are over.

Company Shut Down Maintenance: How to Maximize Plant Down Time

warehouse floor after cleaning ready for winterCompany shut downs are a part of business operations. Plant down time is also an opportunity for necessary maintenance and deep cleaning that can’t occur during regularly scheduled hours. As a commercial property landlord or maintenance manager, a facility shut down is a time that should be optimized. Every second of company shut down should be utilized efficiently to ensure that all preventative maintenance and deep cleaning is completed before employees arrive.

Preventative maintenance and deep cleaning tasks should be a top priority; both options play a key part in preventing equipment break-downs, improving productivity, minimizing employee illness and injuries, and meeting customer deadlines. Machine and IT preventative maintenance ensures that all equipment is lubricated and maintained to prevent breakdowns that cost money and time. Deep cleanings of common areas, such as kitchens and restrooms, ensures that employees and visitors are in a healthy environment and minimizes interruptions to employee productivity.

The optimal time for company shut-downs is around holidays when the facility is empty, such as over the winter holiday or in the summer when employee vacations are planned. Scheduling for the facility shut down should occur months in advance to ensure efficient use of time and prompt service delivery by staff and vendors.

The following maintenance and cleaning tasks should be completed during facility down time:

A full analysis of company shut down maintenance and repairs are vital for the efficient user of time and funds. Make a complete list of maintenance and cleaning tasks; analyze each task to ensure efficient scheduling and task assignment. For some tasks, it can be more cost-effective to use maintenance and cleaning staff who are more familiar with the facility. In other cases, outsourcing the task to a maintenance and cleaning vendor with appropriate expertise and scheduling flexibility is a more efficient use of budgetary funds. Evaluate each task on the list, contact vendors for a quote, and schedule each staff member or vendor accordingly.