Hello and welcome back to our cleaning blog! Do you have a messy home after Father’s Day? Here’s how you can clean it!
First of all, happy (belated) Father’s Day! We know how important dads are to our society and they deserve a special day. Besides, it’s the perfect opportunity to share as a family, enjoy a day out, or stay home.
With all that happening this past weekend, we know your house might be a bit of a mess.
This is why we wanted to create a quick checklist to clean and tidy your home, and maybe surprise the fathers of the family with a spotless house!
Here are some tips to clean a messy home after Father’s Day!
The First Step After Father’s Day: Decluttering
If you had a fun Father’s Day yesterday, the best idea is to declutter your home first. The first step is to remove any wrappings, disposable foil pans, or anything else from yesterday.
Of course, that is just the beginning, and there’s probably a lot more going on in your home that needs to be decluttered, especially if you haven’t done so in a while.
A fantastic way to declutter your home quickly is to sort your items into 3 boxes: donate, keep, and throw away.
Leave sentimental items for last, because you want to build momentum before facing the hardest set of items.
Vacuum and Mop the Floors
Floors are kind of the telltale sign that your home has just been cleaned or that it has been a while. All the mess and dust from countertops, tables, bookshelves, and every other surface.
For starters, sweep your hard floors, whether they are tile, wooden, laminate or vinyl. If possible, vacuum them as well. If you have carpet floors, jump straight to vacuuming.x
Carpet floors need even more care because they absorb so much dirt between fibers.
Next, deodorize them with a specific commercial deodorizer or search for DIY solutions according to your type of floor.
For example, you can deodorize carpet floors with a spritz of vodka, or a 1:1 water and white vinegar mix. Optionally, add 5 to 10 drops of essential oils for a nice fragrance.
The same goes for mopping your hard floors. Because you will probably need more product, you can mix one cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water, with 20 drops of essential oil.
Do this on a sunny day when your floors can dry quickly. Be careful with hardwood floors, as excessive water might cause damage.
Wipe and Disinfect All Surfaces
Just like floors, large, flat surfaces are a good sign that your home is clean and tidy. First, check if your surfaces are too crowded or cluttered. This happens frequently in your kitchen, for example.
Get some organizers if you feel like you always have random items scattered across your dining table or your desktop.
Pro tip: if you use a round basket or a lazy susan to organize your items, they will always be facing the right direction.
Then. apply a cleaning product that cleans and sanitize your surfaces. A 1:1 rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and water mix is usually effective.
If the area is particularly greasy or dirty, you could add a few drops of all-purpose cleaner.
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Vacuum and Clean the Car for Father’s Day
This is a fantastic surprise because many people neglect cleaning and sanitizing their cars on the inside. What better way to start the week than by having a car that looks clean and fresh?
Start by removing the rubbish and taking out the floor mats.
Next, you need to vacuum to remove all loose dirt and dust particles that are too small for you to grab with your hands. A handheld vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment would be ideal to achieve this.
Now, the trick here is to adapt your cleaning products to your surfaces (leather or cloth). Leather is more sensitive, which is why, ideally, you would use a specific leather cleaner & moisturizer.
If you don’t have one, use a 4-parts water, one-part castile soap or dish soap. Mix and apply to a microfiber cloth, never directly to your seats. Most importantly, never use bleach or ammonia to clean your seats.
With cloth seats it’s easier, as you only need a bit of soapy water and a microfiber cloth or a very soft sponge.
Get a cloth and use the solution to wipe the inside with dish soap or all-in-one concentrate. Make sure you get everything, including the steering wheel and the dashboard.
The last stage is cleaning the windows. Start by creating a mix with equal parts of white vinegar, distilled water and rubbing alcohol. Distilled water is important, especially if you live in states like Dallas with hard water that leaves little streaks as you go with a towel.
Mix and pour into a spray bottle. Apply to a microfiber cloth and wipe from top to bottom.
Clean Your Workstation for Father’s Day
For any dads working from home or having their little workspace, it’s important to clean and sanitize those areas.
Clear the workspace and wipe down the surface, including edges and corners. Make sure you have 2 – 3 microfiber towels to wipe everything dry. The first one could be a disposable cloth because it is going to absorb a lot of dust and grime.
Vacuum the area and put everything back.
For your monitors or laptop screens, use a glass microfiber cloth with a tiny bit of water. Apply directly to the cloth and never to the surface directly.
The most important step is to make sure this area stays as clean and tidy as long as possible. Gather your supplies which you can take from our instructions above.
Nowadays you have many different organizing systems such as rolling carts and wall grid panels.
That’s it! We’re sure these tips will help you get your home sparkly clean right after Father’s Day.
Remember to check Emily’s Maids of Dallas if you need a professional maid service to take care of your home.
Again, we hope you spent a wonderful Father’s Day and don’t forget to follow us for more cleaning tips on upcoming events.