Living in a rental does not mean you can avoid cleaning duties or the holiday preparations. It just means that you have to take extra care not to damage anything during the cleaning and decorating process and that you should try to make some room for guests who are bound to pop by during the holiday season.
Here are some great tips on how to execute the cleaning process in your rental spotlessly, pun intended.
Choose the cleaning products carefully
Damaging furniture or, for that matter, any part of your rental could cost you some additional money, so the selection of the cleaning products is very important. If you have leather furniture make sure you get a leather-cleaning soap. Try not to soak your furniture too much, drying takes time and if not dried properly both leather and other fabric furniture could get an unpleasant and mouldy smell. As for the kitchen and bathroom, opt for a more organic approach, use environmentally friendly cleaners, they will remove the stains just as well but you will be protecting your health and the environment in the process.
Don’t skip any parts
If you want to enter the new year in a spotless home it is important not to take any shortcuts. So clean everything from the entrance and doorway all the way up to the storage room. Don’t forget to check under the bed! Pre-holiday cleaning means that you will be decorating your home afterwards and it would be a shame to put carefully selected and gorgeous decorations on dirty windows and shelves. In addition, considering that you might get guests over the holidays take special care with bathroom and kitchen cleanup, these are the areas that are going to get most of the foot traffic in your home.
Get your rental smelling fresh
Ahhh the smell of apple and cinnamon pie spreading throughout your home, what could be more reminiscent of the holidays season. But before you can enjoy this traditional fragrance you need to get your home’s air quality up, otherwise, the sweet smell of winter will be destroyed by the stale air. So first thing is to air your rental regularly, then get rid of all the possible sources of strange smells. You can do this by cleaning out your fridge, making sure your laundry pile is low and dusting on a regular basis. Finally, you should opt for the best air purifier on the market, that way you will be able to have fresh, clean air in your home throughout the year. And the best part is, it will go with you when you move.
Get all the details ready
During the holiday season you are bound to use the fine china and silver cutlery, which in fact hasn’t seen the daylight in an almost a year. So get those things out, give them a proper clean, and don’t forget to give yourself enough time to polish the silverware. In addition, you’ll need to get the sheets ready if your guests are planning on spending a couple of days with you. Take a few sets, wash and iron them again, and provide your guests with a hotel like experience. Finally, make sure you have enough towels cleaned and pressed, and that your guest room, if your rental has one, has been aired out and thoroughly dusted. After all, you want your guests feeling comfortable and festive.
There you have it, some easy to apply tips that will help you get your rental clean and feeling homy for the upcoming holiday season.