According to Paige Davis, former host of TLC's popular "Trading Spaces," keeping a clean and guest-worthy house can be quick and easy. "We all want to be the hostess with the mostest during the holidays, yet even holiday decorations won't hide the dust and grime of everyday living," she says.
"A clean house doesn't need to be a full-time job, but it should be a continual effort. Break up the cleaning process into small and manageable tasks that everyone in the family can help with." Davis suggests that instead of conducting a deep cleaning prior to the holidays, homeowners can save both time and frustration with quick daily maintenance.
Davis offers the following tips to keep the house shining this holiday season:
From greeting cards and wrapping paper to seasonal art projects and baked goods, the holidays bring an abundance of additional clutter into the house. Focus on keeping the busiest and most public rooms in tip-top shape. Make a daily effort to keep countertops, tables and shelves clear of clutter. Clutter-free surfaces automatically make a room look clean and organized.
Make partyware polishing a family event. Enlist the help of even the smallest hands to polish silverware while watching a favorite holiday movie. Use a high-quality polish, such as Weiman Silver Polish, to create the perfect shine and prevent tarnish. Next season, just give your silver a quick wipe with a soft cloth and you'll be ready to set a festive table.
Expect the Unexpected
Are last-minute guests on their way? Your home needs to be ready for company whenever the doorbell rings. For a 10-minute fast fix, use a selection of convenient wipes to clean, buff and polish highly visible surfaces such as countertops, stainless steel appliances and dust-catching furniture. Keep a stick vacuum handy on each floor of the house for a quick and effortless spruce-up. Make sure to have a quick cleaning kit fully stocked and easy to reach for those impromptu get-togethers.
Don't get stressed about party spills and messes. Keep stain remover and cleaning solution on hand so you can clean as you go. Candlewax spills can be treated as they happen with Weiman WaxAway. If a candle or candleholder leaves a burn mark on wood furniture, try rubbing clear fingernail polish remover across the burn until it dissolves. If residue remains, rub it lightly with Weiman Lemon Oil and 0000 steel wool, and then fill in hollows with a touch-up pen, wax crayon or paste shoe polish.
Additional tips to brighten your house this holiday season can be found at www.weiman.com.