How to Handle Emergency Cleaning at Home

Do you have unexpected visitors coming and your house is still out of order? You only have a few hours to deal with it, and you don't know where to begin. What do you do? Panic is a typical reaction in such a scenario and most would call a professional cleaning service. 

There is nothing more stressful than running around your house attempting to clean everything all at once. This is especially true if you have visitors coming over. If you are expecting a surprise guest and you don't know where or how to start cleaning your house, these tips can help you. 

Pick Up The Clutter

During an emergency cleaning, we are not looking to completely clean every inch of your house. Instead, we want to decrease the overall clutter that is easy to notice. Start by thinking about where you'll be spending most of the time with your visitors – like the living room or the dining room.

Declutter the busiest space first. It could be newspapers, toys, books, crumpled papers, and anything that is out of its place. Consider throwing away stuff that you no longer need and can not be recycled. 

Check Your Kitchen

Typically, the kitchen is where everyone congregates. Clear up the surfaces and toss any trash into the bin. Get a dampened cloth and wipe the countertops to remove any stains and make them shiny. If you have some used dishes sitting out, put them in the dishwasher. Lastly, don't forget to throw the trash bags outside, especially if they are already full.

Clean the Comfort Room

You never know when someone is going to use the restroom. It would be a good idea to give it some quick cleaning. Just like the other rooms, declutter the space and wipe the hard surfaces. You can also do some mopping if the floor is dirty, but do not spend too much time doing so. Lastly, make sure to close the curtain to cover your tub.


Since this is an emergency cleaning, do not worry about spaces that you know won’t get much attention. For instance, you can shut your bedroom doors if it is only a short visit. However, if you still have some time left, try to do a quick-fix and make your room look as neat as possible – just in case your guests may want to see your bedroom.

Do Not Overclean

Now that the flat surfaces in your house are taken care of, your home should appear clean and presentable for your surprise guests. If you still have some time left, avoid overcleaning and just focus on clearing the main areas around your house. Avoid vacuuming again unless necessary, and rather focus on putting items back in their right place. 

Take a Look at your Entryway

The very first thing your guests will see is your entrance, so you might want to spend some time cleaning it. Take a quick look and see what is out of place. Normally, you won't see anything noteworthy at your door, so try to look from your guest’s point of view and if you spot dust or even cobwebs, then try to remove them. 

Hire an Emergency Cleaning Service

Every homeowner wants a clean house, but not all of us have the time to do so. If you are going through a busy week or are unwell and would need help with cleaning your house, Signature Maids is here for your assistance. 

We are a professional cleaning company providing top-notch home cleaning services for a variety of situations including emergency cleaning. With our same-day house cleaning service, we are sure to make your guest's visit pleasant. To learn more about our services or to get your quote, reach out to our team today!

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