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Pre-Holiday Cleaning Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore

Cleaning for the Holidays Doesn't Have to be a ChoreGetting ready for the holidays can be chaotic but we’re here to help you hold onto your sanity. Don’t get overwhelmed, get prepared. Pre-holiday cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore if you develop a game plan and stick to it. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you will check things off your list.

Divide and Conquer Your Tasks

Your first order of business is to stop procrastinating. By spreading the tasks out over a week, you won’t wear yourself out before the guests arrive. Do a walk-through of your home, find everything you’d like to get accomplished and list them in the order of importance. Be realistic with the time you have or you may not get through the entire list.

Round Up Your Elves to Help

Some items can be done several weeks ahead like cleaning carpets, washing windows or having your air vents and ducts vacuumed out. Recruit helpers for these larger jobs. Round up the elves in your family to help move furniture and vacuum or hang decorations.

Start with the Kitchen

Everyone congregates in the kitchen during the holidays, so start your cleaning there. Remove and store unused small appliances (waffle irons, toaster ovens, blenders) so you will have room for serving trays and platters. Give larger appliances a thorough cleaning and wipe down your cabinets. Don’t forget to clean out the refrigerator to make room for the food you are preparing.

Clean, Don’t Stress

Hit the basics first and then move on to smaller jobs if you have time. The point of a pre-holiday cleaning is to get your house ready for company but not to stress you out. Here is a short list of some of the essential items to focus on.

Pre-Holiday Cleaning Checklist:

  • Dust from the top down – Vacuum the cob webs from ceiling fans and light fixtures first and then dust from the tops of book shelves and cabinets, working your way down. Finish one room before moving onto the next.
  • Deep clean bathrooms – Give it a good scrubbing so you only need to touch it up before the big day. Put out fresh guest towels and soap. A basket of toiletries (toothbrushes, mouthwash and hand cream) is also a nice touch.
  • Straighten bedrooms – De-clutter the room and add fresh linens to beds. Give guests room in the closet to hang up clothes.
  • Clean or polish the dining room table – Have clean dinnerware, glassware and table linens ready and waiting. Set the table when you are closer to the event.
  • Stage your entryway – Make your front doorway welcoming by cleaning your door and stoop, adding holiday decorations and replacing worn out a welcome mat with a new one.

Plan to Touch Up

Focus on the rooms that will be used the most. Once you clean a room, don’t fence it off from use. Come back and touch it up if needed. (Elves have a way of keeping it clean if they know they must help re-clean it). Make a rundown sheet to help you remember.

Last Minute Items to Cover:

  • Vacuum high traffic areas.
  • Mop kitchen floor.
  • Clean toilets and sinks.
  • Take out trash and add fresh liners.
  • Put out fresh throw rugs.
  • Add fresh flowers or burn holiday scented candles.

Your Company Will Appreciate Your Efforts

Remember, even though you want your house to be in tip top shape, the holidays are a time to get together and have fun. Formulate a pre-holiday cleaning plan and stick to it. Your company will appreciate your efforts but they are coming to see you, not inspect the baseboards. As the saying goes, don’t sweat the small stuff.

Expert Advice

From banquet tables and folding chairs to portable heaters and generators, our expert staff is always on hand to help with your holiday party plans. Looking for ways to make your home more festive this season? Our blog, 9 DIY Projects That Inspire Holiday Decorating & Entertaining, is sure to fire up your creative juices. As always, if you have any questions about pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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Turn Post-Holiday Clean-up into a Fresh Start for Your Home

Post-holiday clean-up in 3 simple stepsWhen all those festive lights are turned off at the end of the holiday season, it’s easy for a do-it-yourselfer to get a little melancholy. After all, boxing up the shimmer and shine can make any room in your home seem a little less bright. And if you’ve had your fill of crumb-covered buffets, leftovers in the ‘fridge, overflowing trash cans and more dirty dishes than the dishwasher can hold after celebrating, you’re in for a treat – because it’s easy to turn your post-holiday clean-up into a fresh start for your home. Not only that, you’ll already be preparing for next year’s festivities!

Here are three tips to take to task:

1. Operation Decoration De-Clutter

  • Decide on a deadline for taking down the tree and storing holiday decorations. Whether it’s New Year’s Day or a week after New Year’s Day, it helps keep you focused on your clean-up efforts.
  • Purge holiday decorations of things that are no longer of use before boxing everything up for the season.
  • Consider buying color-coded storage bins for different kinds of decorations. For example, red for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s Day, light green for Easter, orange for Halloween. This way, you won’t have to open each box to see what’s inside come next holiday.
  • Box up decorations by room or area rather than type. You may have several different holiday displays for mantles, living room, foyer, etc. Next year when it’s time to decorate, you can pull out one or two storage totes and have everything available to re-create those looks quickly and easily.
  • Rather than storing ornaments and other decorations in the boxes they come in, wrap each in recycled wrapping paper and place in a larger container. Wrap Christmas lights around the wrapping paper tubes. Use tree skirts and other large pieces of material such as table cloths at the bottom of storage bins for added protection.

2. Spring Clean by Winter’s Clock

  • Lots of homeowners remove regular pieces of furniture and home décor to make room for Christmas trees and other decorations. Before arranging rooms back to normal, give the carpets a good vacuuming and check them – and your furniture – for stains. If you spot any, clean immediately.
  • Vacuum drapes and curtains, and clean windows before the furniture is re-set.
  • Repair and/or polish wood pieces before lamps and other room décor are replaced.

3. Dare to Prepare for Next Year’s Holiday

  • Make next year’s baking and cooking clean-up easier by lining baking sheets with silicone baking mats and broiling pans with foil beforehand.
  • Decrease clutter in the kitchen by rotating new gifts and gadgets with the tried and true ones.
  • Turn the dishwasher on before your go to bed and unload it in the morning, so it’s empty before guests arrive.
  • Line trash cans with several clean bags, which will already be ready for more trash once you remove a full one.

Expert Advice

Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with any kind of clean-up project. From vacuums to carpet cleaners, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-tos, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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How to Deep Clean Your Carpet Like a Pro

Carpet CleanerCarpets add texture, pattern and color to the floor. However, they require regular cleaning, over and above routine vacuuming, to protect from damage caused by dirt and grit, and to clean stains that accumulate over time. There are two methods of cleaning carpets: hot water extraction and dry extraction. The former is the most common and the most thoroughly used technique in homes and small establishments, and is the less expensive option as well.

It is easy to hot water extract your carpets clean as a DIY project, provided you have the right tools at your disposal. The two major items required are a commercial hot water extraction carpet cleaner and a professional carpet cleaning solution.

  • Before starting the actual cleaning, remove all furniture and other objects from the floor, and vacuum the carpet thoroughly.
  • Use a commercial hot water extraction carpet cleaner to apply the cleaning solution to the carpet and then pull the dirty solution back into the machine. As the cleaner is moved across the carpet surface with the button pressed, the spray extractor applies the cleaning concentrate on the carpet, agitates the carpet fibers with a floating cylinder brush, then extracts or vacuums the solution back up. This removes the grime and grit from the carpet into a recovery tank for the dirty solution.
  • For heavy traffic lanes such as hallways and in front of sofas and chairs, feel free to repeat the cleaning more than once or twice.
  • After the entire surface is cleaned, to make sure that the carpet dries within a few hours, rent a carpet fan blower. This will dry the carpet faster just like a blow dryer for your hair. This may be especially important if an activity is planned a few hours after cleaning.

The frequency of cleaning depends on the texture of the carpet and the traffic it sees. Normally, once or twice a year will suffice, though with light-colored carpet, kids and pets that stain the carpet, and high traffic areas, it may require cleaning more often. Removing the grit at the base of the fibers with a commercial machine preserves the life of the carpet. The extractor removes abrasive grit that prevents the fibers from by being chewed up.

A commercial machine is much stronger and more thorough than grocery store carpet cleaners. Commercial machines have more than twice the pressure from spray jets and more vacuum recovery power, removing more dirt and recovering nearly all the solution sprayed down for quicker drying times. Commercial machines also utilize a floating cylinder brush that rotates at 800 rpms, safely brushing carpet fibers clean. Commercial cleaning solutions also offer a variety of professional cleaning for removing tough stains like wine, kool-aid, makeup, black grease, tar and urine.

Cleaning your carpet like a professional simply requires using the equipment and cleaning solutions that professionals use. Renting a commercial machine assures you are using the latest and most professional equipment available. To learn more, instructions on how to easily use these cleaners are always available at Runyon Equipment Rental.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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