Although some people really do love cleaning, it’s certainly not for everybody – and making your house look lovely and clean before Christmas guests arrive can seem like quite a chore! We’ve got some great advice on how you can approach the festive house cleaning project, and some handy tips on how to make your home so clean it sparkles.
Where do I start?
Before giving your home a good scrub, it’s always a good idea to clean out the clutter. Many people fill the cupboards at Christmas time, so have a tidy beforehand and throw out any old or out of date food to make some room. It’s also a good time to defrost the freezer and make a bit of extra space for frozen goodies!
Rooms often feel crowded when you’ve got a house full of guests, so have a think about whether you need all your furniture and ornaments, and if not try and store them in a shed or garage over the Christmas period. This should free up a bit of space, make your home seem a bit bigger and make it more welcoming for guests. You could also move furniture around in your living room to create additional space, but do this before you’ve put up the tree – there’s nothing worse than a toppling tree!
Try to sort through old books, DVDs and toys before Christmas to create room for any new gifts. Charity shops will appreciate anything you don’t need, or you could always list them on an online auction site. Have a look at our range of storage boxes, handy for any toys the kids get at Christmas.
The deep Christmas clean
Many of us have busy lives and don’t get to clean as much as we’d like to… so now is the perfect time to deep clean your home!
To keep your turkey happy and give your oven a thorough clean, we recommend the Oven Pride Complete Oven Cleaner 500ml. This transforms racks and grills as well as tackling the inside of the oven. To make the kitchen floor so spotless you could eat your Christmas dinner off it (not that we’d recommend this!) – pick up some floor cleaner, and stock up on our anti-bacterial floor wipes for little spillages that don’t need mopping up.
Give your cutlery, plates and glasses a clean, especially if you’re using a special set that’s been shut away in the cupboard since the previous year! Our white vinegar spray can really help with this. It’s chemical free and leaves a super sparkling finish on most surfaces.
When it comes to stocking up on cleaning essentials this Christmas, wilko really is a one-stop shop. Check out our great value sponge scourers, large dish cloths and rubber gloves, available in small, medium or large.
If you just don’t have time for a deep clean, try and focus on tidying the rooms that people will be in over Christmas, like your living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.
The finishing touches
Make sure you’re well stocked with cleaning products so that you aren’t rushing out in the Christmas traffic at the last minute. For a festive finishing touch, check out the Nicky Snowman and Snowdog toilet roll, and it’s always a good idea to have a stain remover to hand in case a glass of red wine gets knocked over! Bin bags also always come in handy – our great value 10 pack of Tie Handle Refuse Sacks will do the trick.
Finally, the windows often get forgotten about – so check out our smear-free quick-drying glass wipes, which will make it easier to spot Santa’s sleigh from the comfort of your home!
With the cleaning complete and the finishing touches in place, it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy a scrumptious mince pie whilst you wait for your guests to arrive… just make sure they take their shoes off before they come into your lovely clean home!
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