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August 9, 2021

How to clean before & after a party at home

Many people like having get-togethers with their families and friends from time to time. Some will avoid the parties due of the amount of cleaning after guests are gone. We recommend you hire professionals for after party cleaning services. For instance, Sil All Services Northampton is one of the most reliable options for such services. Additionally, we perform other deep cleaning services: end of tenancy cleaning, spring cleaning, after builders cleaning, move-in/out cleaning, etc.

No matter how meticulous you are, your guests will still forget to use the coasters, spill drinks, and drop food on the floors. As long as you focus on the good time you’re having with your family and friends, you shouldn’t worry about having to do the cleaning. Follow our recommendations for cleaning after a big family reunion. As you want your guests to enjoy the party from beginning to end, after party cleaning is just the ending. You always need to start with planning and cleaning before your guest come.

How to clean before a party?

Preparing for a party means a lot more than buying the meal and drinks. If you ever hosted a party before, you know that a nicely cleaned house is more welcoming for other people. Take a look at our cleaning checklist before hosting a party:

Cleaning chores

  • Change and launder towels, bath mats, and washcloths.

You need to provide your guests with several hand towels or paper guest towels. If you have many people coming over, towels will get soggy, so go with paper towels instead.

  • Declutter the bathrooms.

Remove evidence of your hygiene routine: deodorant, hair gel, aftershave, etc.

  • Provide with enough toilet paper
  • Wipe down the bathroom and all-purpose cleaner with bleach.

Clean the toilet, sink, countertops. This time, you can skip the bathtub and the shower. Remember to close the shower curtain.

  • Put away pots in the kitchen
  • Wipe down the sink, stovetop, and kitchen counters
  • Empty the trash bins
  • Sweep kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Clear off end tables and coffee tables
  • Put remotes away and leave space for your guests’ food and drinks
  • Clean out the fridge
  • Dust, mop, vacuum the carpets
  • Spend some time cleaning in the hallway/entrance—it’s the first thing your guests see
  • Have the bedroom cleans, as you never know when someone wants a tour of the house

Read also: How to do a spring cleaning of your small apartment- the best tips to follow!

Preparation tasks

  • Place trash and recycling bins so that they’re easy to access to your guests
  • Spray/light up a scented candle
  • Set out coasters
  • Designate an area for your guests’ belongings
  • Put away the kitchen appliances and gadgets to make room for dirty dishes
  • Plump up and rotate the cushions on the couch

How to clean after your guests leave?

We know you might not have the energy to clean everything around the house, but the initial cleaning tasks are crucial. Many people overlook or ignore some of these tasks, making the next day cleaning a lot more complicated. No matter how tired you are, we strongly recommend you to complete the following chores once your guests leave:

1.      Put the leftovers away

Don't leave food out because it may spoil. Transfer food from large dishes into smaller food containers/Ziploc bags. You may use some of this food later, and you preserve it better than laying it out.

2.      Load the dishwasher

It's tempting, but don't go to sleep leaving the sink full of dirty dishes. Additionally, food bits and gravy stains dry up and rinsing them off before you load the dishwasher will give you a headache.

If you plan on washing the dishes by hand, rinse and soak them in a solution made of dish soap and water. It will be easy for you to clean the next day. Don't forget about glassware and glasses. However, keep in mind not to leave the glasses to soak with utensils—they might break.

3.      Clean up the crumbs

Ants and tiny crawlers will find little bits and crumbs tasteful, so make sure to clean all counters before you go to sleep. All you need is a cloth handled brush and a small dustpan. Don't forget to clean the tables and all surfaces where chips, crumbs, and food bits could lie.

4.      Clean the sticky stains

We advise you not to wait until the next day to clean the sticky spills because they will harden. Moreover, prolonged exposure to some spills can discolour some pieces of furniture. Get an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the stains. You won’t need much time to remove all sticky stains.

5.      Use a large garbage bag

While you clean all surfaces and tables, carry a large garbage bag and dispose of any rubbish you find. You won't have to spend a lot of time spotting all the debris around the house.

Read also: 11 Reasons to Hire Professionals for office cleaning

How to clean the day after the party?

Once you've managed the initial cleaning tasks, you won't need to do myriads of things after waking up. However, you will still be far from an immaculate and spotless home! At Sil All Services Northampton, we never rush the cleaning process and spend as many hours as necessary to complete a cleaning job. We advise you to do the same and not focus on the time; clean for as long as needed to get a pristinely home.

1.      Finish the dishes

If you had loaded the dishwasher before you went to sleep, now you only have to run it. However, you might need to load it several times. Whether you use the dishwasher or wash the dishes by hand, always start with washing the dishes after the party.

2.      Declutter the kitchen

Typically, the kitchen is the room where most parties end, so it's understandable why they require the most cleaning work. Put everything back in place and clean all counters. Pour some liquid dish soap on a scrubber and scrub all the kitchen counters and islands. Use a clean and damp cloth to wipe them off; dry the surfaces with paper towels.

3.      Manage the living room

When you have a party, you try to create additional seating for your guests and have enough floor space to move freely and even dance. You probably had to move the furniture around, which explains the chaos in your living room once the guests are gone. Declutter the living room and tidy up all surfaces.

4.      Spot clean stains and wipe furniture

Even if you cleaned the sticky stains last night, you might have missed some. Use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the furniture. If it’s made with wood or has chrome details, you should use cleaning solutions with formulas for such materials.

5.      Rotate and fluff the cushions

People have been using the couches a lot, so the cushions may not look their best. Rotate and fluff the pillows for a better look. Should you notice any stains on your couch, try to remove them as soon as possible. Our cleaners at Sil All Services Northampton also perform the upholstery cleaning, with the most impressive results.

6.      Clean the bathroom

We know that you have cleaned the bathroom before the party, but you need to go over it again. As a matter of fact, your sink facilities and toilets will require more attention and effort for cleaning. Clean the toilet bowl and seat, and insist on the sink. Wipe down areas surrounding the sink, the faucets, the medicine cabinet, and leave the floor last.

7.      Clean the Floors

Unlike other cleaning chores that you should do one room at a time, we recommend you clean the floors in just one big task. It may sound like a lot, but it's easier and less tiring to vacuum, sweep, and mop all the flooring in the house without stopping.


Since the floors could have some sticky stains from last night’s party, we recommend you use a stronger cleaning solution than usual.

Do you need professional cleaning services?

Sil All Services Northampton offers deep cleaning services such as after party cleaning, end of tenancy cleaning, one-off cleans, after builders cleaning, spring cleaning, move-in/out cleaning, etc. Call us for further information about our work. We can also provide you with a free quote over the phone!

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