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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests

  • Guests and the holiday season go together. It's part of the fun and excitement of this time of the year! When opening your home to loved ones and friends, you want to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. Fortunately, Scotch-Brite™ can help you do just that. We have a full line of cleaning tools to help get your entire home ready for holiday guests, plus tips to help keep them comfortable during their stay.

Conquer this holiday’s biggest messes.
  • 1. Give the Kitchen a Good Cleaning

    You will likely be doing more cooking and baking this time of year, especially if you are entertaining. Start off on the right foot by giving the kitchen a good cleaning.

    Kitchen sinks get a lot of use, but they can really make the kitchen look clean if they are gleaming! Begin with a Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and a cleanser appropriate for your sink type. Alternatively, baking soda and water is a simple yet effective way to get rid of built-up grime and debris. For white sinks, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to lift any stains. For stainless steel sinks, finish with a Scotch-Brite® 3-in-1 Microfiber Cloth, and a small amount of olive oil to buff and make the sink shine. You will be amazed at how good your sink looks!

    The glass on the inside of the oven door can often get covered in splatters. To get yours nice and clean, place wet towels on it for about 2 hours. Then, just wipe it away with a little baking soda and a Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge which easily cuts through the mess. Use the damp towels to wipe off the cleaner. Repeat until all the residue is gone. Add more water or even a little vinegar to your towels, as needed, to help get the oven glass clean and shiny.

    Give all the appliances a good wipe-down, inside and out. Spray a cloth with stainless steel cleaner, then wipe the surface working with the grain of the steel. Now is also a good time to clean out all the old food in the refrigerator and freezer to make room for any extra holiday food.

A clean sink in a bathroom.
  • 2. Quick-Clean the Bathroom

    Guests will inevitably want to use your bathroom. Start by using the Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber to give the toilet a thorough scrubbing. Vacuum or sweep the floor to remove stray hairs, then mop.

    Keep a Scotch-Brite® 3-in-1 Microfiber Cloth and glass cleaner under the sink to quickly wipe off the mirror. This will help remove toothpaste splatters, residue, and other unsightly buildup. Straighten bath towels, pick any dirty clothes up off the floor, and make sure you've got clean hand towels for your guests to use.

    If you're expecting overnight guests, the Scotch-Brite® Swift Scrub Bathroom Buildup Remover can help get your bathroom ready by removing soap scum and limescale from shower doors, tubs, tile, sinks, fixtures, floors, and walls.

    Don't forget to make sure you have plenty of toilet paper!

  • 3. Dust

    People often forget to dust, which is understandable because dusting can be a pain. Use the Scotch-Brite® 3-in-1 Microfiber Cloth, wet or dry, to easily pick up dust from surfaces like glass shelves and wood tables. Remember to dust from the top down and run the vacuum when you're done dusting.

  • 4. Control Pet Hair

    If you have pets that shed, you probably know how embarrassing it can be to have a guest sit down on your sofa. If you don't have time to vacuum the furniture, a Scotch-Brite™ Large Surface Roller can be your new best friend! It removes lint and pet hair from chairs, curtains, sofas, and floors.

  • 5. Get Your Guest Room Ready

    These are a few essentials you need to keep your guests comfortable during their stay:

    • Provide fresh, clean sheets and blankets and 2 pillows per guest.
    • Have a set of towels for each guest (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth).
    • Place nightlights in hallways and bathrooms to keep your guests from bumping into furniture and décor in the middle of the night.
    • Provide a note with your Wi-Fi network and password for guests to use.
    • Stock up on travel-size toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and feminine products.
    • Have a table or surface available where guests can set their personal items.
    • Make sure there is easy access to an outlet so they can charge their phone and other devices.
    • Provide a lamp or soft lighting in the room.
    • Have an alarm clock and mirror in their room.
    • Provide closet space with a few hangers.

    It's the subtle details that will wow your guests. Follow these tips for a home that looks and feels inviting — your guests will feel comfortable, meaning you can feel more relaxed. When you’re less stressed, the holidays can be much more enjoyable for everyone in your home!

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