The holidays are over and now is the time people realize how much cleaning they have to do. Whether you were entertaining family over Christmas or throwing a big party on New Year’s Eve, chances are that your home is not as clean as it was before your guests arrived. If that’s the case, it’s time to look at two key areas that probably took the brunt of the damage during the holiday—your furniture and your carpets.

Plan for Success
The first way to make the post-holiday cleaning process a smooth one is to pre-plan. Make sure you stock up on a good supply of trash bags and paper towels. Add to that a carpet and upholstery cleaner, white vinegar, specialty cleaners for heavy stains like wine, and a good supply of Magic Erasers. Having the supplies on hand means you won’t need to stop cleaning to run to the store.

Deep Cleaning
Once you have your supplies, it’s time to dive in. First, you are going to want to assess if there are any stains on your furniture or carpet. These will need to be treated and allowed to sit for a while so the cleanser can work into the fibers. For beer and wine stains, try a mixture of water and laundry detergent. Let this absorb and then dab with a soft towel.

Other than outright stains, that much traffic in your home can cause an accumulation of grime on your floors. Sprinkle a standard carpet cleaning powder on the floor and then vacuum it up to get rid of the dirt before it gets ground in. For scuffmarks or spots on the wall, use the Magic Eraser. This will get rid of most, if not all of these.

Hire a Professional
Part of the enjoyment of the holidays is the opportunity to sit back and relax. So if these cleaning tips don’t sound like your idea of a post-holiday recovery, then consider hiring a professional cleaning service to step in and help get your home back into shape.

Another great reason to hire a professional furniture and carpet cleaner is to get rid of major stains. They have the equipment to treat stains that your regular products can’t.

A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. Giving your furniture and carpets a proper cleaning is a great way to kick the year off on the right foot.

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