(BPT) – There’s arguably nothing better than getting friends and family together in the summertime. When the sun is shining and the days are long, there’s more time for catching up, playing games and making memories with loved ones.
While the time for spring cleaning has come and gone, it’s still important to keep your space clean and ready for guests. Decluttering, deep cleaning and reorganizing can create a sense of renewal and rejuvenation for your home in preparation for a summer of fun.
Maintain your home, keep it party-ready and get more joy out of the season with these cleaning tips for before, during and after your next gathering.
1. Refresh the bathroom.
Before your guests arrive, prep your bathroom by giving it a good freshening up. While it will likely need to be cleaned after the party again, there’s nothing better than a nice-smelling and clean atmosphere to make guests feel comfortable. Disinfect hard non porous surfaces with a multipurpose cleaner like Fabuloso® Antibacterial, which contains effective grease cutters, allowing it to quickly eliminate stubborn stains and disinfect and kill 99.9% of germs1.
2. Prep your patio.
If you plan to be outside for your party, refreshing your outdoor space is a must. Cleaning your patio furniture, lawn chairs and tables can be painless with just a few easy steps. Fit your garden hose with a spray nozzle and start by giving the furniture an initial rinse. Then, gently scrub with a soft cloth and multi-purpose cleaning solution. You can mix 1/8 cup of Fabuloso® 2X Concentrated* Multi-Purpose Cleaner with one gallon of water that combines cleaning power with fresh scents. No rinsing required, just let the furniture air dry before party time!
3. Conveniently place trash bins.
Make it easy for your guests to help you keep things tidy by placing clearly labeled receptacles for trash, recycling and returnable cups or bottles around the party area. If people can easily find where to dispose of their trash, there’ll be much less for you to do when the party’s over. Be sure to keep an eye on these containers throughout the party so they don’t end up too full or overflowing.
4. Be ready for quick cleanups.
Drips of ketchup and mustard. Sticky watermelon juice. Melting ice cream. Summer barbecue foods are delicious, but they can quickly get messy — and unfortunately invite unwanted visitors like ants and other critters. During your gathering, keep sponges or cleaning cloths and Fabuloso® 2X Concentrated* on hand for quick in-the-moment cleanups that leaves a long-lasting fresh scent. Your post-party self will thank you!
5. Inspect the floors, counters and walls.
After the party is over and your guests are gone, take some time to assess what needs cleaning. Look for crumbs on the floor, sneaky spills and other messes that might need immediate attention. You can sanitize and deodorize hard non porous surfaces throughout your home by mixing 1/2 cup of Fabuloso® Antibacterial in a gallon of sterile deionized water and apply to surfaces with a mop, cloth or sponge. Leave on surfaces for at least five minutes. No rinsing required.
6. Tackle your tasks room by room.
Take your time refreshing each space and don’t worry if you can’t get it all done at once. If it helps, make a list and cross off each task as you complete it. When you’re done, you’ll feel the satisfaction of a well-executed summer party and a fresh, clean home that’s ready for the next one!
1Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, SARS-CoV-2, Human Coronavirus, RSV, Influenza A Virus on hard, non-porous, non-food surfaces.
*vs. non-concentrated Fabuloso Original