Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

Whether your holiday guests are staying the night, just for the day or popping in for dinner, we have green clean tips to get your home holiday, entertaining ready!

A WELCOMING ENTRANCE:  Real estate agents talk about curb appeal when selling a home.  That same curb appeal applies when company’s coming!  A clutter-free entrance says, “You are Welcome Here!” 

Make sure the path to your home is clear and safe for guests.  Keep it clear from snow and use eco-friendly & pet safe ice melt as needed.

Once inside does your entryway continue the “welcoming theme”?  Be sure your entryway is scrubbed and tidy.  Is there an extra boot mat for guest boots?  They will feel more comfortable knowing there is space for them to take off their boots/shoes without muddying your nice and shiny floors.

Once inside, offer guests a warm beverage of hot cocoa, coffee or tea.  The warm drink should be as refreshing as seeing your clean and tidy kitchen.  Cleared countertops relax the mind and give a sense of peace to the kitchen. Sinks should be empty and clean too.
Stovetops wiped down and sparkling.

An untidy kitchen may put guests at a discomfort; feeling that they have put the homeowner out with their visit.

Go to eco-friendly kitchen cleaners:  Brightly Green Dish Wash, Brightly Green Granite and Tile Cleaner, Brightly Green Stainless Steel Cleaner, Brightly Green All-Purpose Degreaser

A guest-friendly living room has ample places for everyone to sit down comfortably.  Are there plenty of places your guests can sit their beverage down? 

I love using Brightly Green Wood Floor Cleaner as my dusting cleaner!  Its Cedarwood essential oil fragrance gives my furniture that natural wood-sey smell.  AND Brightly Green Wood Floor Cleaner does not leave any residue behind like many furniture cleaners do.  (If I had hardwood or laminate wood flooring, I would use it on my floors too!).

Go to eco-friendly living/family room cleaners:  Brightly Green Wood Floor Cleaner, Brightly Green Glass Cleaner.

The bathroom should always get priority cleaning!   If the rest of your home is clean and tidy, but you forgot your bathroom, that may leave guests at some unease.  A dirty bathroom can even affect their perception of the dinner.  Don’t leave a “bad taste” with your guests.

Go to bathroom cleaners:  Brightly Green Bathroom Cleaner, Brightly Green Daily Shower Cleaner, Brightly Green Granite and Tile Cleaner

Brightly Green Multi-Purpose
Cleaner great for crates
We know you love your pets--we love ours too!  But maybe Aunt Mabel doesn’t.  Respect your dear Aunt and keep Fido away. 
If she can put up with him being around, at least be sure to minimize the smell of Fido’s presence.

Bathe your pet regularly.  I give our dog Charlie a bath one or two days before our guests arrive, so he is the freshest. 

Are you washing the bedding/blankets of your four-legged family member?  Keeping those items clean, not only helps to keep your pet clean, but reduces the pet funk smells.

If you have carpets, sprinkle the with baking soda to absorb pet smells.  Leave the baking soda on the carpet for a few minutes before vacuuming. Be sure do use the crevice device to catch pet hairs along baseboards and under furniture.

For pet beds that can’t be washed in a machine, remove covers and launder or sprinkle baking soda on the bed, leave on for a few minutes and vacuum.  Spot clean with Brightly Green Carpet and Upholstery Spot Cleaner where needed.

Go to pet household cleaners:  Brightly Green Hand Dish Wash (for pet water/food bowls), Brightly Green Multi-Purpose Cleaner (for pet crates), Brightly Green Laundry Wash (bed blankets, covers), Brightly Green Carpet and Upholstery Spot Remover (for spot cleaning large pet beds and accidents on carpets)

Guest bedroom/bathroom:
If possible, have extra phone chargers available. 
Do you have hotel shampoos and soaps stashed away somewhere?  Treat your guests to their own personal toiletries.  The sample toothpaste you get from your dentist is also a nice addition to your guest toiletry basket or bin.  Set out your best hand/bath towels and washcloths. Give the guest bed pillows a fluff and be sure the guest room is very clean!

Do you have any tips on preparing your home for holiday entertaining?  We would love to hear about them!  Please leave us a comment below!  

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