5 Helpful Tips for Cleaning Up After Your New Year's Party
You've polished off the bubbly, dad is snoozing in his favorite chair and your guests have all gotten a cab ride home. Now you can start your new year off with a fresh, clean slate. So before you embark on a new resolution, tackle that spilled wine, confetti and other messes from the previous night's partying. Grab some black coffee and rubber gloves to whip your home back into shape.
Tackle Confetti with a Handheld Vacuum
Whether it's homemade or shot out of a party popper, this stuff can get everywhere. Grab your lightweight handheld or stick vacuum and get everything on the floor. Then pop on one of the attachments to tackle confetti that made its way onto tables, couches, the blinds and all the other hard-to-reach areas.
Blot Red Wine
Sometimes not all the wine that you pour in your glass stays in your glass. Don't fret. To get out a red wine stain, pour hydrogen peroxide onto the affected area and sprinkle baking soda on top of that. Let it sit for a few minutes and then blot the area with a damp cloth. For ground-in stains, reach for a heavy-duty floor cleaner.
Grab Grease with Dish Soap
Pizza goes great with any party. A dropped piece of pizza though can leave nasty grease stains. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire area and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remove the baking soda and work a generous amount of upholstery cleaning into the spot. Next, work about a table spoon of dish soap into the spot. Finally, dab continuously with a damp cloth. Again, this wouldn't be a bad time to reach for your floor cleaner.
Dab and Deodorize Unexpected Presents
Parties can be loud, and let's face it--your friends are pretty strange. If you have skiddish pets, don't be suprised if they have an accident. Let them outside afterwards and then roll up your sleeves before getting down to business. Soak the spot with vinegar and then pour enough baking soda on the area to cover it completely. Then cover the spot with a clean bowl and let it sit. Sweep up the baking soda a day later and dab with a damp cloth. In the meantime, you can cover up the odor with a scented candle.
Listen, we've all been there. If you or your friends have done a little too much "imbibing" and wind up seeing all that food and drink for a second time, don't worry. Just use a dust pant to scrape up the mess and then apply baking soda liberally. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum the area before coating it again with an enzyme-based cleaner. Blot the area with paper towels, and vacuum one more time to restore the texture. Oh, and remember to hydrate.
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