Featured Blog Post #17

7 Cleaning Tips to Add Sparkle to Your Holidays

by Susan and Janice from 5 Minutes for Mom

With the holidays approaching, now is the time to get your house clean and ready for the big events, as well as for those unexpected guests who just drop by…

Cleaning may not be the most fun part of the holidays, but having your house “guest-ready” ahead of time will definitely make your holidays more enjoyable.

As part of our campaign to Celebrate Everyday Messes with Bissell, today we are sharing cleaning tips that will help you get your house in order before the holiday rush.

In this video, Susan and I share seven cleaning tips to get your house ready for all your holiday fun.

7 Holiday Cleaning Tips

Tip 1 – Wash and Touch Up Your Walls
Our walls can often get forgotten in our regular cleaning routines. You will love how freshening up your walls gives your house that extra sparkle. You can wash your walls with a damp cloth and for tough marks, you may want to use some all-purpose cleaning spray.

If you have any dents or holes, fill with spackle and then touch up with paint. Even if it isn’t perfect, it will be a big improvement. I feel so much better when those white dents my kids have made disappear!

Tip 2 – Get Your Light Fixtures Clean and Ready
Let there be light and let it be dust free! For entertaining, you want to make sure that you have replaced any burnt out light bulbs and have dusted chandeliers and lamp shades. And don’t forget to wash those light switches too — I wash mine regularly as they collect germs from dirty hands.

Tip 3 – Clean Your Blinds
Blinds and drapes collect so much dust. With the holidays coming, it is a great time to reduce the dust in your home and vacuum up the dust on blinds, drapes and window sills.

The BISSELL PowerGlide® Pet Vacuum with Lift-Off® Technology comes with an extension wand that makes it really easy to reach up high to clean blinds.

Tip 4 – Clean Up Mantles and Remove Your Clutter
At our house, the mantle above the TV is a magnet for mess. If you have bookshelves, side tables or mantles that get piled high with clutter, sort and get rid of un-needed clutter well before your guests arrive. Cleaning off these catch all areas will make your house look so much brighter and organized.

Tip 5 – Polish Your Silverware Ahead of Time
I don’t entertain during the year very often. So my grandmother’s silverware is in need of some polishing before I set my holiday table.

You definitely do not want to be pulling out tarnished silver on the big day. So if you have silverware you use for entertaining, make sure you polish it ahead of time.

Tip 6 – Wash Your Crystal and Fine China
If your crystal glasses, serving dishes, and fine china have been sitting in the cupboard all year, they have been collecting dust. Getting them washed now will save you a lot of time when you are setting your table or serving your meal.

Tip 7 – Take 5 Minutes For A Vacuum Touch Up
Before guests arrive, take 5 minutes to quickly vacuum the entrance and main floor area.

A freshly vacuumed floor adds that extra clean feel to your home.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Written by Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Bissell, but our opinions are always our own.