Having a party at your home can be a great way to stay in charge of a situation – it’s your music, your booze, your way. Unfortunately, it also comes with the seemingly mammoth task of cleaning up afterwards when all your friends have gone home. Here are six simple tricks to make the aftermath a little easier on your hungover brain.
1) Candle Wax
Perhaps you wanted to go for a sophisticated vibe, or perhaps you set your candles up with the incense and trippy lights. If you didn’t have time to look after the candle’s wax drippings at the party, they can be cleaned up afterwards simply by heating them with a hairdryer and wiping up the melted mess. If there is some waxy residue left over, a mixture of vinegar and water in equal parts should do the trick of removing it.
2) Broken Glass
Someone got a little too enthusiastic during the toast, and now you have bits of broken wine glass to clear up the next day. To avoid cutting yourself while picking it up, wear rubber gloves, and make sure to check all around the room and underneath furniture – broken glass can fly surprisingly far. Vacuum rather than sweep, as glass can get caught on the broom bristles, and finally a slice of bread pressed into the floor will pick up the tiniest slithers of glass.
3) Coffee Stains
You served dinner a little too late, and by the time the coffee arrived at the end the guests were already sloshed, leading to a minor coffee accident. Aside from not wanting to clean it straight away while trying to host a dinner, you may not even notice it being done – luckily, it can be sorted just as easily the next day by making a paste of baking soda and water and leaving it to dry on the stain. Scrub hard at the stain, and then use a vacuum to soak up the cleaning residues and the stain in one go!
4) Wooden Rings
It seems that no matter how many coasters you put down, at least one of your guests will find a way to create a glass ring on your woodwork. When you’ve finished fuming the next day, mix just a teaspoon of coarse salt with olive oil, and scrub at the stain softly until it disappears, following up with some furniture polish for good luck.
5) Red Wine Stains
Wine and cheese parties are great fun – having money taken from your deposit because of red wine stains, not so much. Luckily, more wine is the answer, as white wine can go a long way toward lifting it up. Blot the treated stain with paper (do NOT rub) and then gently work over with some sofa water. If these don’t work it may already be dried in, in which case a squirt of shaving cream should work to remove the colour, followed by a good clean.
If you’ve had people eating and drinking in your home, there is going to be an unavoidable mess, and one that you may not be able to see. Don’t just sweep but whip out the vacuum, getting underneath the sofas and tables where errant snacks may have been dropped. By leaving this job for the future, you’re allowing mould to grow beneath your feet.
If you don’t fancy the idea of spending the entire next day cleaning, there are a few things you can do to minimise the mess. Holding the party outdoors means not having to worry about spills, while disposable plates and cutlery cut down significantly on your post-party washing up time. The aim is to enjoy yourself – not to spend the entire evening following your clumsiest friends around with a bottle of cleaner!