The party went well and now, you have to deal with the mess. Stop blaming yourself for not storing away all of your breakables and just be happy the event went off without a hitch. After all, the party’s over and you’ve got the after-party mess to take care of.
The question now is, how do you bring back your home to its original orderly state? Below are some helpful tips that will make your clean-up less stressful.
1. Hire a Housekeeper
If the aftermath of your party is far too immense for you to handle alone, don’t strain yourself and get housekeeping services to help you out. Hiring a professional housekeeping service is a cost-effective and time-efficient way to clean your home after a party. It provides numerous benefits to homeowners, such as:
If you have a large home, cleaning may feel like a huge undertaking. Instead of devoting your entire free time cleaning up the party mess, you can take your time and rest, and let the housekeeper handle the job for you.
Customized Cleaning Schedule
The good thing about hiring a housekeeper is that you can choose when your home will get cleaned. For instance, you can opt for the cleaning to be done when everyone’s out of the house, or perhaps the day after your party.
Professional Cleaning Equipment and Products
A housekeeper from a professional cleaning company will use high-grade equipment and products to clean your home in a thorough and efficient manner. This way, you can be sure that no dirt, stains, and germs remain inside your house.
2. Use Sliced Bread to Remove Remaining Glass Shards
If your party got a little crazy and a lot of glasses were broken, the first thing you should do is sweep up as much broken glass as you can; then, use small slices of bread to remove any tiny glass shards left on the floor.
3. Clean Water Rings with Non-Gel Toothpaste
Guests don’t always have the presence of mind to place their glass or cups on a coaster even if they’re provided. If you wake up and find out that there are water rings on your beloved furniture, don’t panic. With the use of a clean cloth and a little bit of non-gel toothpaste, you can wipe out those unsightly water rings.
4. Deal with Semi-Solid or Liquid Patches Using Bicarbonate of Soda
Dealing with somebody else’s mess is not a great experience. The best you can do is to handle it the right way. To ensure no traces of dirt remain, follow these steps.
- Remove as much of the solid matter as you can using paper towels.
- Wet the stain with bicarbonate of soda and a fraction of warm water then allow it to soak in.
- Blot the stained area with an old towel and add more water until it’s completely removed.
- Add a warm detergent solution then allow it to dry.
- Once the solution has dried off, deal with the smell by covering the area with bicarbonate of soda.
- Leave on the bicarbonate of soda overnight then vacuum it in the morning.
5. Spray Your Couch with Rubbing Alcohol
Are you hesitant to sit on your couch after you’ve witnessed what it went through during the party? Spray your couch with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bacteria that may be lurking in its crevices. Then, sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda, leaving it on for a few hours, and then vacuum it to deodorize.
6. Wash Lipstick Stains with White Vinegar
The women at your party may have decided to wear their hot lipsticks. But, don’t let that cause you to scrub your wine glasses with anything harsh. Wash your glasses with warm, soapy water and ½ cup of white vinegar for the lipstick stains to come off instantly.
7. Eliminate Garbage Smells with Citrus Peels
After serving your guests a lavish spread, the last thing you would want to encounter is the after-party rubbish smell. To remove the unpleasant odor, run citrus peels through your garbage disposal then follow with cold water. If you have leftover cocktails from your party, you can even make use of them to sanitize it.
The next time you have a party at home, always plan ahead. Empty the dishwasher, store away all of your breakables, and clear worktops before the celebration. This way, you can minimize the after-party cleanup so that you can rest after a long day of entertaining guests. Then, of course, you can always hire professional help when the mess is too overwhelming for you to handle alone.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder