Mother’s day is just around the corner! So if you were thinking about surprising the special Mum in your life with a party but weren’t thrilled with all the cleaning involved, here’s some good advice from Enrico:
Playing host to a party can be a very taxing, especially when it’s time to start cleaning up the house afterward. It’s not uncommon to have to deal with a big mess after the party. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.
With a little forethought and the right equipment, you’ll not only have the house in pristine condition no matter how wild the guests were last night but also be able to deal with any “accidents” that may have happened during the party.
With that in mind, here are some of the more common accidents you may have to deal with as well as a couple of suggestions on to handle them.
- Spills and Drips – If you plan on serving cocktails or even a few cold brewskies, be sure to keep some chamois or paper towels nearby. In the event someone spills their drink, you can immediately wipe up the mess and minimize potential stains on your floor or carpet.
- Crumbs and dirt – Inevitably you’ll get some dirt on the floor from the visitors’ shoes as well as some crumbs if you’ll be serving finger foods or canapés. Don’t sweat it, a quick pass through with a vacuum cleaner the next day and your floors will be right as rain. Don’t forget to do this because bits and pieces of food are known to attract various pests such as ants and even rodents.
- Broken vases or other ceramics – If the item broke into large pieces, there is a chance you can still save it. Collect every piece and keep it until you have time to glue it together. If it’s beyond repair, be sure to have a dust pan and a broom to gather all the pieces and dispose of properly. Do a thorough job with this because having broken glass on the floor is dangerous.
- Broken bottles – To help avoid this, make sure to have a convenient place for guests to put their bottles in, as well as a designated repository for the empty ones at different areas around your house. However, sometimes guests will still accidentally drop a bottle whatever beverage they’re drinking on the floor causing it to break. If this happens, make sure you have a broom and a dustpan to gather up all the pieces as well as some rags to soak up the spilled beverage. A wet/dry vacuum can also be used but it may prove to be too unwieldy during the party unless it is already winding down.
- Smell of smoke – If you allow guests to smoke in your place, getting rid of the odor can be a difficult task. Not to mention the potential for guests to accidentally burn holes into your upholstery or get ashes into your rug. The easiest option is to ask your guests to smoke outside. This keeps clean up to a minimum and allows your non-smoking guests to avoid the smell of smoke. If in the odd chance you do allow it, be sure to properly air out the house the next day. A few industrial fans will go a long way in helping you accomplish this.
All in all, hosting a party is tough work without having to worry about these things happening. It’s best to have a plan and everything laid out properly and be mindful of where you keep your cleaning supplies and its relation to where potential trouble spots are. That said, despite everything you have to keep track off, don’t forget the most important rule: have fun. Because if you’re not having fun, then you’re doing it wrong.
Enrico Santos is a regular contributor on the Seton blog. He has been writing professionally for 8 years and is a safety advocate. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar and tinkering with computer hardware. To find out more about Enrico you can find him on Google +