Welcome to the ultimate guide for house cleaning before and after a party. Hosting a party is an art, and while the decorations, food, and music are crucial elements, the cleanliness of your home plays a starring role in setting the perfect ambiance. 

But let’s face it: the thought of cleaning up before the guests arrive and dealing with the aftermath can be daunting. 

In this blog, we’ll walk you through a comprehensive strategy to tackle this challenge head-on. From quick decluttering tricks to make your home welcoming to efficient deep-cleaning tips for the day after, we’ve got you covered. Plus, we’ll share some insider secrets on dealing with those inevitable party spills and stains. 

Whether you’re a seasoned host or planning your first big event, these tips will help you enjoy your party without the lingering worry of cleanup. Let’s dive into making your next party a hit!

Pre-party cleaning essentials

When it comes to pre-party cleaning essentials, you’ll want to declutter and have focus areas while effectively managing your time.


You’ll want to start with the areas where your guests will spend the most time, like your living room, dining area, and entryway. Quickly gather and store away personal items, magazines, and daily clutter into baskets or boxes that you can tuck away into a closet. 

Keep tables and countertops minimalistic, removing unnecessary items to create a clean, open feel. Use a spare room or garage to temporarily hold items that don’t fit the party aesthetic or clutter the space.

Focus areas

Focus areas

You’ll want to identify key areas to clean before your guests arrive. This is usually your living room, kitchen, and bathroom. 

In your living room, ensure seating areas are clean and comfortable. Dust and vacuum thoroughly, fluff pillows, and clean any noticeable spots on upholstery or carpets.

In your kitchen, clean countertops, sinks, and appliances. Ensure the stove and refrigerator fronts are spotless and clear of clutter. If you’re serving food, make sure there’s ample clean space for food preparation and presentation.

For the bathroom, focus on the one your guests will use. Clean the toilet, sink, mirror, and floor. Provide plenty of toilet paper, hand soap, and clean towels.

Time management

To effectively manage your time, we recommend the following:

Create a cleaning schedule

Break down cleaning tasks into manageable chunks over the days leading up to the party. Tackle larger tasks first, like deep cleaning, followed by smaller tasks as the party nears.

Delegate tasks

If possible, assign cleaning tasks to family members or housemates. Sharing the workload significantly reduces prep time.

Day-before cleaning

Reserve the day before the party for final touches. This includes surface cleaning, final floor sweep or vacuum, and setting up any party decorations.

Maintain a regular cleaning routine

Keeping up with your regular cleaning schedule before the event makes the pre-party clean-up less overwhelming.

Use efficient cleaning tools

Use tools that make cleaning quicker, such as microfiber cloths, a good quality vacuum cleaner, and multi-surface cleaners to reduce the time spent on each task.

Setting up for easy post-party cleaning

There are simple steps you can take to make post-party clean up as easy as possible. 

Plan strategically

We recommend using disposable tableware, having designated trash and recycling bins, having a food and drink station, and having off-limits areas where guests shouldn’t go. 

Use disposable tableware

Opt for high-quality disposable plates, cups, and utensils to reduce the number of dishes to wash. Consider eco-friendly options like biodegradable or compostable ware.

Designated trash and recycling areas

Set up clearly labeled bins for trash and recycling. Place them in convenient locations to encourage guests to dispose of their waste properly.

Food and drink stations

Organize food and drinks in specific areas to contain potential messes. For example, set up a drink station on a waterproof tablecloth or mat.

Limit areas of access

Keep certain areas of the house off-limits to guests to reduce the cleaning workload and protect personal and valuable items.

Protect the surfaces in your home

Simple things like tablecloths, furniture covers, rugs, and strategic seating arrangements will protect your home from getting damaged by a holiday party. 

Preparing cleaning supplies

You’ll want a basic cleaning kit, stain remover, a handheld vacuum or broom, trash bags, and sanitizing wipes. Your basic cleaning kit should include paper towels, a multi-surface cleaner, a small waste bag, and a sponge or cloth. Keep it handy but out of sight, perhaps in the kitchen or a nearby closet.

Post-party cleaning strategy

Post-party cleaning strategy

You’ll want to immediately collect trash, store leftovers, run your dishwasher, and check surfaces and furniture for any spills that need to be cleaned up. 

Then, you’ll want to deep clean the next day. We recommend segmenting cleaning by room.


Clean countertops, sinks, and cooktops. Wipe down appliances and cabinets, paying special attention to handles and knobs. Sweep and mop the floor.

Living area

Fluff and rearrange cushions and furniture. Dust surfaces, including coffee tables, side tables, and entertainment units. Vacuum or sweep the floor, including under the furniture.


Clean the toilet, sink, and mirror. Wipe down all surfaces, including the counter and any shelves. Replace towels with fresh ones and restock toiletries if needed.


Vacuum carpets thoroughly and mop hard floors, paying special attention to areas where food and drinks were served.

Dealing with stains

It’s inevitable to deal with stains after a holiday party. Between the food and festive fun, someone will accidentally spill their drink or drop food on the floor. That’s why you want to check your floors and furniture immediately after a party to prevent the stain from setting and becoming much harder to get out. Here are some tips to get stains out of your floor:

Immediate blotting

For fresh spills, blot immediately with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing, as this can set the stain deeper into the material.

Carpet stains

Use a carpet cleaner or a mixture of water and mild detergent. Apply to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then blot. Consider using a commercial stain remover or a mixture of vinegar and water for tougher stains.

Upholstery cleaning

Check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning methods. Use a suitable upholstery cleaner and apply it according to the directions, usually by blotting instead of rubbing.

Hard surface spills

For spills on hard surfaces like wood or tile, wipe up the spill and clean the area with a suitable cleaner. For wooden surfaces, use a wood cleaner to avoid damaging the finish.

Odor removal

If there are lingering odors, especially from food or smoke, open windows to air out the space. Use odor removers or a bowl of vinegar in the room to neutralize smells.

Following these steps ensures that your post-party cleanup is systematic and effective, leaving your home refreshed and tidy after the festivities.

When to consider professional house cleaning services

Hiring professional house cleaning services for a party is particularly beneficial in certain circumstances. Consider house cleaning services in the following scenarios:

Large-scale or high-profile events

Professional cleaners will ensure that every area of your venue is immaculate if you’re hosting a large gathering or a high-profile event. They are equipped to handle the scale and specific needs of big events, ensuring that your space reflects the importance of the occasion.

Limited time for preparation

Hiring a cleaning service will save valuable time if you’re pressed for time and need to focus on other aspects of party planning, such as catering, guest lists, and decorations. Professionals will efficiently prepare your space, allowing you to concentrate on making your event memorable.

Special cleaning needs

Certain parties may involve elements that require specialized cleaning, such as glitter, confetti, or even spills from unique food and drinks. Professional cleaners have the expertise and equipment to tackle these challenges effectively.

Outdoor and indoor cleaning

If your party spans both indoor and outdoor spaces, professional cleaners will handle the diverse cleaning needs of different environments. This includes garden areas, patios, indoor rooms, and specialized surfaces.

Prestige and comfort for guests

For an event where you want to leave a lasting impression on your guests, a professionally cleaned space contributes significantly to the overall experience. It ensures comfort, hygiene, and an ambiance that reflects attention to detail.

Avoiding stress and overwhelm

Planning and hosting a party is stressful enough without the added burden of cleaning. Hiring professionals will alleviate this stress, ensuring you enjoy your event with peace of mind.

Post-party clean up with Daisy Maids

Ready to take the hassle out of post-party clean up? Let Daisy Maids handle the aftermath for you! Our team of professional cleaners is equipped with the skills and tools to transform your space back to its pristine condition. 

Whether dealing with those stubborn stains, tackling the pile of dishes, or getting your home back to its serene state, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t let the dread of post-party cleaning dampen your spirit of hosting. With Daisy Maids, you’ll have time to focus on creating memorable moments with your guests, knowing that the cleanup is in capable hands. Our services are a call or click away, offering you the convenience, efficiency, and thoroughness you deserve.