It’s always nice to have family members over for a visit, but they sometimes leave a mess in their wake. Here are some steps you should take to get your house back in order after your guests go on their way.
Clean the Carpets
Your kids and spouse may respect the house rule that forbids shoes on the carpet, but Uncle Joe and Aunt Melba might not be as eager to comply. It’s a good idea to rent a rug cleaner or hire a professional to come in and deep clean your carpets after a family visit. If you rent a rug cleaning machine yourself, be sure to move all your furniture so you don’t miss any area that doesn’t normally get cleaned.
Not only will your carpets look better after a thorough cleaning, but you’ll also lessen the chances that you or someone in your family will experience allergy symptoms because of particles trapped in the carpet.
Wash the Bedding
When family visits, it seems as if everyone gets displaced. The kids might end up sleeping in the living room, while your relatives occupy your kids’ rooms. You might even sacrifice your own bed so your elderly family members can have a comfortable place to sleep.
Therefore, after a family visit is a good time to wash all your bedding. Don’t stop with the sheets. Also clean mattress pads, decorative pillow cases, comforters, duvet covers, and blankets. Use the hottest water possible to kill any lurking bacteria. Some items, such as down comforters, will need special care, so be sure to follow any specific instructions that come with them.
Scrub the Kitchen
Everyone loves the big dinners that are a staple of family visits. Unfortunately, all that cooking can leave your kitchen a little grimy. After your relatives leave, scrub all your countertops. Also be sure to check any pots or pans that your family members used when they were cooking; they might have had the best intentions, but it is always good to ensure that no stuck-on food got left behind.
Clean the oven, too. Baking soda and vinegar make a powerful combination. Mix water and baking soda into a paste and use it to coat the oven. Let it sit overnight, and in the morning, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can. Then use a spray bottle with vinegar in it to finish cleaning up. Your oven will gleam!
Sanitize the Bathrooms
You clean your toilets, sink, and tub regularly regardless of whether family is visiting, but after your guests leave is a good time to do a deeper cleaning. You can soak the showerhead in vinegar, wash the shower curtain and liner, bleach the grout, and take care of other tasks that you wouldn’t get to during your normal cleaning routine.
You love your family, but you don’t love the mess they might leave behind. After you say your farewells, roll up your sleeves and use these tips to make your house sparkle again.