Hello and welcome back to Emily’s Maids! We are so excited for the Fourth of July and we wanted to create a 2-Hour Cleaning Checklist to clean your home quickly before tomorrow.
We know you have busy, hectic lives with a lot to do during the day and the weekend.
And if you’re expecting guests or family tomorrow, we know you want them to be impressed with how clean your home is.
Before we continue, remember you can visit Emily’s Maids of Dallas if you need a cleaning service, especially before the Fourth of July, or even on the same day if you’re in a hurry!
However, if you prefer doing this on your own, we’ve created a quick 2-hour checklist to help you get started!
What You Need to Clean Your Home Before the Fourth of July
First of all, make sure you have the following items available:
- To clean your floors, you will need a vacuum cleaner, a broom, a dustpan, a mop and a bucket.
- Microfiber cloths, a multipurpose cleaner, and a spray bottle filled with water and white vinegar for general cleaning.
- A toilet brush and a toilet cleaner, if you have one.
The First Step In Your Cleaning: The Entryway
According to Bed Threads, the first two things your guests will notice about your home are the smell and the entryway.
The entryway is the first impression your guests will have of your home. Make sure it looks tidy and, most importantly, that it smells good.
If you smell a nice fragrance as soon as you walk in, it will set the tone for the rest of your house.
Sweep or vacuum the floors, and wipe down the door and the doorknobs (details matter!). Leave plenty of room in your coat and shoe rack for guests to hang up their belongings.
This should take around 15 – 20 minutes.
Cleaning Your Bathrooms Before the Fourth of July
We’ve placed the bathrooms as second in our list. It’s because the least you want your guests to see is having a dirty bathroom.
Scrub the toilet bowl and the seat with a toilet brush and toilet cleaner. If you don’t have toilet cleaner, add one cup of white vinegar and one tablespoon of mild dish soap, let sit for one hour and scrub.
Of course, clean your faucet and your mirror as well. You know a bathroom hasn’t been cleaned in a while if you see a mirror with streaks or toothpaste splatters (ew!).
Last but not least, take out the trash and organize your toiletries.
This cleaning task takes around 30 to 40 minutes, so make sure to plan your time ahead.
Related: How to Properly Clean Your Toilet
Next on Your Cleaning Checklist: The Living Room
Now, it’s time to move on to the living room. This is the place where you will spend most of your time with guests, so it needs to be both tidy and comfortable.
Fluff up the pillows and cushions and, if possible, use an upholstery cleaner to clean your sofa. Dust any surfaces and electronics, especially your TV stand and your coffee table.
Grab a basket or drawer and place any books, magazines or toys that are lying around.
Last but not least, vacuum the carpet or mop the floors.
This should take you more than 20 minutes.
Next On Our List: The Kitchen
This is where you will prepare and serve food and drinks for your guests and enjoy a nice Fourth of July dinner. Doing some quick cleaning your kitchen will take you around 30 minutes as well.
Wash any dishes or load them in the dishwasher.
Wipe down the countertops and the sink, using the vinegar and water mix.
Wipe your fridge, your microwave and your oven as well. You might need to use all-purpose cleaner to clean your oven on the inside.
Bonus: Don’t Forget Your Guest Bedrooms!
If you are planning on having guests stay over, you definitely need to take care of your guest bedroom.
These are where your guests may rest or store their belongings, even if you don’t stay overnight.
Change your bedding and put away any clutter. Also, vacuum the carpet or mop the floors and dust any surfaces and furniture.
Put spare pillows or blankets at hand and make some room in your closet for your guests as well.
If you plan things out beforehand, this shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes.
There you have it! We know these are the final hours before the Fourth of July but we’re sure you can complete this 2-hour cleaning checklist succesfully.
Final tip: make sure you take care of what’s important. There’s no point in cleaning anything that is not visible to your guests. This includes your pantry, your cabinets or behind your curtains or blinds.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask for help. We know each minute counts.
If you want to get your house cleaned in 2 hours, ask for help from friends and family, or a professional cleaning service.
We hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July and that you get to spend it with friends and family. Remember to visit Emily’s Maids of Dallas blog for more cleaning tips.
Now, go get some cleaning done!