July 03, 2008 // Franchising.com // According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 74 million Americans attended a summer barbecue in 2007. It's safe to assume that a good number of these summer celebrations happened over the July 4th holiday. If you are one of the millions who will host a summer soiree, thoughtful preparations can help you avoid most mishaps and make clean up a sweet breeze. Ready your home with these top 10 party tips from THE MAIDS Home Services and enjoy an unforgettable party.
Keep a recycling bin within guests' reach for bottles and cans.
Messy fingers have a tendency to leave unwanted prints, streaks and stains. Place moist towelettes near finger foods and reduce the amount of necessary post-party scrubbing.
Large crowds and flames can be a dangerous combination. Put away all candles. Display a bowl of potpourri or a scented jelly jar to freshen the air—especially in the bathroom.
To remove unwelcome odors, such as beer, from washable items like tablecloths and slipcovers, add one cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle of the washing machine. Odors magically disappear!
Keep your pets in a safe, secure and quiet area of your home to eliminate the stress a large group of people can cause them.
Place plenty of trash containers around the house and yard. Drop a few extra bags into the bottom - when you pull out a full trash bag, another one is within arm's reach.
Empty the dishwasher before guests arrive so you can stash dirty dishes inside as you go. You'll have less of an aftermath mess to contend with.
Have a "cleaning bucket" ready for cleaning emergencies. Make sure to include carpet cleaner and an absorbent rag. Stains from spilled punch can be minimized if you are prepared for accidents.
Designate a room for your pint-sized guests stocked with toys and games where the children can play safely and happily.
And, be sure to have a first-aid kit handy to quickly attend to minor cuts and scrapes.
With a little pre-party prep, you'll be able to focus on the fun and enjoy the festivities. To maintain a fresh, guest-ready home this summer, call in THE MAIDS Home Services and experience the healthiest, most thorough housecleaning ever.
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