the holidays

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The holidays are a great time to get all of your friends and family together. However, having crowds of guests in your home is only as fun so long as they stay. As soon as everyone heads home again, you’re left with the mess to clean up and the stress of handling it all yourself.

And you’re not alone! 45 percent of Americans would rather skip Christmas because of all of the stress it causes them.

Fortunately, there are a couple of things that you can do to get your house back in order before you have to head back to work. Keep reading for some house cleaning tips that will let you enjoy the holidays instead of stressing!

Clean Pine Needles Off the Floor

Pine needles from your Christmas tree can be particularly hard to get rid of, especially as they can bury themselves in your carpeting. Due to their shape and size, both brooms and vacuums can struggle to pick them up. Vacuums can also be clogged by a relatively small amount of pine needles, as they can get stuck in the tube.

Thankfully, you can remove them as well as any surrounding debris using a lint roller. Though really designed for use to remove hair from clothes, it’ll work wonders for shed needles!

Use Steam Cleaners for Upholstery and Fabrics

A steam cleaner is much more effective and convenient for cleaning curtains, couches, and carpets than taking them into a dry cleaner. Steam cleaners will provide a deeper clean than any other tool you have, and can remove minor stains as well.

You should also consider using a steam cleaner to remove any dried candle wax or pine sap that may have fallen on the floor around your home. Just be sure to use something to scrape up all you can before going over it with your steam cleaner to melt it. At that point, you can just wipe it away.

Steam Your Microwave After the Holidays

After reheating leftovers over the holidays, the inside of your microwave can look like a battlefield. Fortunately, you can easily clean it by microwaving an entire lemon submerged in a bowl of water. The lemon juices and water will create a steam that will loosen food stuck to the interior of your microwave and also eliminate any remaining odors.

After that, all you have to do is wipe the microwave down with a damp paper towel to leave it sparkling and looking brand new!

Know When to Call the Professionals

Finally, the last holiday cleaning tip to always remember is that it’s okay to call a professional for help. The holidays are not supposed to be stressful, and if the mess that remains after your guests have left is simply too large for you to tackle, don’t be afraid to hire someone to do it for you!

Professional maid services will get the job done in no time at all — and you won’t have to lift a finger. This can save you a whole lot of stress, and ensure that you are properly rested once work starts again following the holiday season.

Interested in booking a cleaning? Contact our team at Elite Home Cleaners to book a session today!