The weather is warmer, the sun is shining longer and entertaining friends and family for barbecues, dinners and warm summer night parties pushes to the forefront of the season’s agenda. To make the most out of your long sunny days and balmy nights, follow this guide to summer prep and cleaning to make sure that you maximize your time spent outdoors hosting and socializing instead of being confined indoors cleaning.
If you don’t have time to schedule in a full maid service cleaning appointment before the summer entertaining season begins, conduct a general surface clean up with a quick sweep, mop or vacuum of the floors and wipe down of visible table tops and counters. Remove excess clutter and place into an unused room just for the duration of event until you have more time to clean thoroughly after summer entertaining. The more prepping of dishes and meals you can do before your guests arrives will allow you to have more undivided time to enjoy their company – even chopping, dicing, and laying out fixings counts! Want that freshly cleaned summer smell? Light a few scented candles before guests arrive and throughout the evening. If your guests are outdoors, you can light scented citronella candles to ward off the bugs.
No time for laundry on the day of your big summer entertaining event? Lay out a disposable tablecloth and printed throw away napkins for guests. Decorated plastic tumblers for drinks can be assigned to guests and then taken home as party favors to avoid washing up glasses or creating excessive summer entertaining garbage. In between courses or between hors d’oeuvres, wash up used bowls, platters and serving tools before heading back out with new dishes so you don’t create a mountain of washing up after summer entertaining. If you don’t have time immediately to clean, fill a bucket or sink with warm, soapy water and let dirty dishes and glasses soak for an easier clean after the dinner party ends.
Clean up Crew
Use green, recycled paper products like hard disposable plates and utensils and wipe up messes and spills quickly with environmentally friendly paper towels. For a simple and streamlined summer entertaining get-together, simply ask guests to bring a dish each and they will be able to take their platters and dishes back home with them. Having a plan, or a handy clean up toolkit in the event of accidents, will keep you ahead of the house cleaning game. Compile small bottles of vinegar and soda water for diluting stains and dissolving sticky spills.