12 Tips & Tricks to Quickly Clean Your House Before Guests Arrive

If you need to clean your house fast before guests arrive, you might be surprised what a little lemon and baking soda can do! Need same-day cleaning services? We can help with that too!

Here Are 12 Tricks For Quickly Cleaning Your House In Preparation For Guests


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#2. Focus on High Traffic Areas

When you’re cleaning quick before guests arrive, you only have so much time to get everything done. There’s no reason to waste time cleaning the bedrooms upstairs if no one is going to go up there. If you have time after cleaning your main priorities, go for other parts of your home, just in case someone wanders upstairs or wants a “tour.” You should still pay the most attention to the spaces your guests will spend the most time.

#3. Grab a Lemon

You can use lemons for more than just fresh lemonade. Lemons are a great tool to freshen up your kitchen. Rub the cut side of a lemon wedge over chrome appliances and fixtures to make them shine like new. Squeeze lemon juices down your sink drain and then grind up the lemon rinds in the garbage disposal to get rid of nasty sink smells.

#4. Remove Kitchen Odors with this Simple Trick

Does your kitchen still smell like last night’s fish? There’s a simple way to clean it up. Start by bringing 3 tablespoons vinegar and 1 cup water to a boil for several minutes, this will help remove set-in odors. Next, add something sweeter smelling to the pan, perhaps some cinnamon sticks or oranges. Let this sweet-scent simmer on the stove, infusing your kitchen with yummy smells your guests are sure to notice.

#5. Get Rid of the Clutter, Whatever it Takes

We’ve all got clutter, but it’s got to go before the guests arrive. That doesn’t mean you must decide what to give away this very second, just toss it all into a basket and store in a spare closet. Better there than spread all over the living room where people are trying to hang out.

#6. Deodorize Carpets with Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda over carpets and let it sit for around 15 minutes before vacuuming it up. This helps brighten carpets and remove odors.

#7. Use a Lint Roller to Quickly Pick Up Dust

At the last second, sweep through your house with a lint roller in hand, swipe at pillows, lampshades, tabletops, or anything else dotted in stray dust or pet hair.

Dusting tip: Always start dusting higher surfaces and work your way down. That way as dust falls, it’s continually picked up on the way down.

#8. Toilets Are Always Priority

Toilets and sinks should be clean and well-stocked with toiletries, soap, and napkins. Make sure to use bleach or toilet cleaner to remove any odors or toilet stains. Cleaning wipes offer a quick way to wipe down and sanitize all bathroom surfaces, while removing dust, dirt, and grime.

#9. Put the Dishes Away & Clear the Sink

Dirty dishes stacked up in the sink are a no-no when guests are coming over. It looks bad and it can give off odors. Make sure you reserve enough time to throw dirty dishes in the dishwasher and clean up the sink area.

#10. Grab 2 Large Bags & Do a Walk Through

Grab a trash bag and a ‘random things’ bag, and walk through your house grabbing anything that needs to go and tossing it in the right bag. If you’re short on time, you can put the ‘random things’ bag in a closet to take care of after your guests leave.

#11. Take the Trash Out

Trash smells bad and if the trash is full it’ll be hard for guests to throw away things. Take out the trash and then spray cleaner and wipe down the insides of trashcans to remove any lingering odors. When guests go to use your trashcan, and find an empty bag in a fresh-smelling bin, it gives off the impression they are in a clean environment.

#12.  Remove Visible Eye-Level Surface Smudges

Before you deep clean the pantry or scrub the corner baseboards, look towards more noticeable places. Guests are far more likely to notice fingerprint smudges or dirt on windows, tabletops, or counters, these surfaces are eye-level and receive more attention than the floors of your pantry or corner baseboards.