Before the party
Prepare for the big clean-up before the party starts by clearing worktops, emptying the dishwasher and storing away breakables. Plan to use disposable plates, cutlery and cups you can throw away (reducing washing-up) and have containers ready to store leftover food.
After the party
You’ll need bin bags, kitchen roll, cloths and wipes and it’s always good to have regular household stain remover ready to remove those really stubborn stains. But for a quick fix, these cleaning tips will help to minimise stains:
Blot up the excess juice, then use a cool, soapy water mixture made with washing-up liquid, to treat the stain.
Accidents can happen, and when they do, never use hot water to remove a blood stain – only cold water.
Sweep up as much of the glass as possible with a dustpan and brush, then use slices of bread to mop up any tiny shards that can linger on wooden or tiled floors. Wrap in newspaper and throw away.
Find out more unexpected uses for sliced bread
Rubbing an ice cube over gum can make it easier to remove – just pick with a spoon until it comes away and sweep up.
Blot up any excess coffee, then rub a little fizzy water into the stain to minimise it.
Time is of the essence here, so clean up quickly using baby wipes or make-up remover wipes.
Oily food stain
Cover with talcum powder, let it soak in, then vacuum or brush away. If it’s a dark stain, follow with regular stain remover.
Red wine stain
Cover with salt, let it soak in, then vacuum. Follow with a little white wine.
Remove marks from taps, sinks and mirrors by using white vinegar, then wipe over with a clean, damp cloth.
See more vinegar cleaning tips
Remove any excess, then cover the stain with baking soda and a little warm water and let it soak in. Blot with an old towel, adding more water and blotting until it has gone. Follow with washing-up liquid or detergent. Once dry, sprinkle baking soda on the area, leave overnight and vacuum in the morning – this will help treat the odour.
Scrape off any excess wax, cover the stain with a kitchen roll or towel and iron on a low-medium heat, being careful not to burn it.
Rub a shelled walnut into the scratch and leave for five minutes before buffing with a soft cloth.
More cleaning tips