Remove pet hair from furniture
Fingerprints on appliances, dirty dishes, and grease splattered counter surfaces are probably your main focus when you’re trying to clean your kitchen fast, but if you have upholstered chairs and pets, better pull out a chair before you offer your guests to take a seat. “Chairs covered with a layer of pet hair are anything but welcoming,” says Jamie Novak, organizer and author of Keep This Toss That: Unclutter Your Life to Save Time, Money, Space, and Sanity. “Go over them with a lint roller or damp rubber glove to easily collect the hair.”
Skip the air fresheners
Walking into a clean kitchen is a pleasant sight for the eyes but if your kitchen reeks of last night’s dinner, it won’t matter if you can see your reflection in the gleaming stainless steel fridge. Artificial air fresheners and garbage smells don’t mix. “Before the guests come over, take out the trash and open your kitchen window about 15 minutes prior to guests arriving,” suggests Debra Johnson, Merry Maids cleaning expert. If you want to amp up the fragrance factor, Johnson suggests adding cinnamon sticks and vanilla to a pot of boiling water or try one of these other DIY air fresheners.
Coffee or tea?
If you’re like most people, you want your guests to feel at home when they pop in. Informal get togethers often mean guests pour their own coffee or put the kettle on for tea. Grimy tea kettles and dirty coffee makers could make even your best friends wish they had stopped at Starbucks first. Wipe down the outside of the tea kettle with warm, soapy water and rinse. Fill the kettle with water so all you have to do is turn on the heat. Clean a coffee stained glass carafe with warm sudsy water and wipe out the filter compartment.