How To Clean a House After a Party
Uh, the morning after. You wake up with a throbbing head, a hangover, and a filthy house after the best party ever. What a nightmare! After dragging yourself out of bed, it’s time to assess the damage. The last thing anyone wants to do is clean up the remnants of the night before, but try not get too overwhelmed, it’s better to break down cleaning a house after a party into smaller, more manageable tasks.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on some cleaning supplies ahead of time too.
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Cleaning Supplies You’ll Need:
- A cheap mop
- Vacuum cleaner
- Cleaning gloves
- Trash bags
- Wet Wipes
- Cleaning detergent/surface cleaner
To restore your house to its glory with minimal effort pick one room to start with, and don’t move onto the next until it’s clean and tidy.
1. Clean The Living Room
Start with the easiest room first. Collect any plastic cups and put them straight into a trash bag. Next, pick up all the cans and bottles and chuck them in the recycling bin. Take any glasses or dishes into the kitchen, and throw out any food left out overnight too.
Next check for any loose items on the floor, such as coins, bottle caps, or nut shells which can prove dangerous to a vacuum cleaner. It’s now time to thoroughly vacuum the carpet and any rugs.
2. Clean Guest Bedrooms & Common Areas
First, check all the bedrooms. If it so much as looks like someone has been in or slept in the bed, it’s time to change the sheets and throw them in the wash.
Next check the outdoor areas and garden beds for any bottles, glasses, cans, or rubbish. Take extra precaution checking for broken glass in lawns, pathways, or anywhere someone may walk barefoot.
Also sweep, mop or vacuum areas which would experience high foot traffic such as the entranceway, hallway, and back door entry area.
3. Clean The Bathroom
Shots! Shots! Shots! Tequila and Vodka seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it’s time to tackle the aftermath.
First up, use a cheap disposable mop to get rid of any disgusting vomit. At first, just get rid of the solids. Then it’s time to add some disinfectant and keep mopping.
Next up give the toilet a thorough clean despite how it looks. Get rid of urine stains, which are sure to have found their way beyond just the toilet bowl. Give the floor a thorough cleaning, as well as all over the toilet itself.
It’s time to remove all towels and hand towels from the bathroom – if they are in sight, rest assured they have been used in some way or another, and give them a good wash.
Give all the counters, sinks, and taps a good clean, and top up the liquid soap dispenser if required.
4. Clean The Kitchen
The Kitchen may look like a catastrophe, with mountains of dishes in the sink, and glasses covering the counters, so be prepared to get messy as you work through restoring some order.
The easiest way to start is to first hunt for any disposable items – plastic, paper, napkins, cutlery. Round them all up and toss them into a large garbage bag.
Next, collect all the dirty dishes, and store them all in the sink ready to be hand washed (or load up the dishwasher if you have one). Large dishes, pots, and pans are all best hand washed.
Scrape food scraps into a garbage bag, and then stack these dishes and plates which are ready for cleaning. Empty half-drunk beverages from cups and glasses into the sink, then make a pile. Leave any dishes, and pans with food stuck to them to soak in detergent and hot water to loosen up the hardened food.
Now it’s time to go crazy and let the washing by hand begin!
Enjoying yourself during the party is more fun than keeping the house immaculate, however, with alcohol, mishaps may happen. Here is a cheatsheet of cleaning tips and tricks to get you through any potential disasters!
- Carpet Stains – Got red wine stains on your carpet? Use salt and baking soda to remove the stain.
- Lipstick Stains – Got lipstick stains on your best wine glasses? Mixing soapy, warm water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar will remove stains instantly.
- Floor Scuffs – Hardwood floor scuffs can be polished by using a soft cloth and buffing the affected area strenuously.
- Broken Glass – There’s always that one guest who gets turnt up and breaks a glass. First, sweep up as much glass as possible with a brush and dustpan. Slices of bread will catch any shards of glass left behind.
If the thought of cleaning up after the previous night’s good times is too much to bear, you can always call a home cleaner to come and clean up after a party for you!
SnapClean is Australia’s leading professional home and domestic cleaning service. Crawl back into bed, recover from your hangover and let us handle the cleaning!