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5 festive cleaning tips

1- Removing chocolate from the sofa

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We love gorging on chocolate at Christmas (and all year!) but it can be a pain to get out of sofas if it melts into it. Here’s our best method:

  • Scrape off any excess chocolate.
  • Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of warm water.
  • With a clean cloth, gently blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Repeat the sponging and blotting process until the stain disappears.

Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry. Now there’s no evidence left that it was you who finished off the box of Celebrations!

2- Picking up pine needles from a carpet

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Not all vacuum cleaners are alike (we recommend Miele hoovers!) and yours may be struggling to pick up those pesky pine needles which have found a new home in your carpet or rug.

Try wrapping some duct tape around your hand, the sticky bit on the outside, and roll your hand over the needles!

 3- Cleaning your fireplace

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Get ready for Father Christmas’s arrival by giving your fireplace a good clean!

  • First sprinkle used coffee granules over the ashes. This helps prevent the really light bits of ash from flying around the room.
  • Next take a dust pan and brush and brush as much debris as you can into a bin bag. Brush the inside walls and inner door (if there is one) of the fire place too.
  • As long as the fire place hasn’t been used for 24 hours, it’s ok to use a vacuum cleaner to get those last bits of dust, but make sure larger bits were removed with the dustpan.
  • Finally clean the inner door if you have one, using either special detergent for fire doors, or simply some hot water and washing up liquid. Use kitchen roll to dry them off.

4- Minimising washing up

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One thing anyone finds after a Christmas party is that there are a ridiculous amount of glasses to wash up! Where did they all come from?! Did your guests really need a fresh glass for every fresh drink? Probably not but your guests most likely couldn’t remember which glass was theirs. To remedy this, why not use glass markers? You can make them yourself and personalise them to your guests, or you can buy them inexpensively online. Have a look at these festive ones, perfect for Christmas!

5- Collecting wrapping paper

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Wrapping paper/rubbish on Christmas morning is a pain to clean up, especially when you want to relax on the sofa with that choccie and a glass of wine.

To make things easier leave a couple of bin bags or a cardboard box for recycling in the room that you can put used wrapping paper into instantly, along with bits if cardboard and plastic from presents!

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