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Ultimate Guide to Proper After Party Clean-Up


Ah, the aftermath of a brilliant party! The laughter, the dancing, the joy – and then the morning after, when the remnants of your fabulous soirée stare back at you. Empty bottles, stained upholstery, and a floor that has seen better days. If you’re left wondering how to restore your home to its former glory, worry not. Here’s your quintessential British guide to doing a proper after party clean-up.


  1. After Party Clean-Up Step 1: Equip Yourself

Before diving in, make sure you’re prepared. Get a pair of rubber gloves, black bin bags, recyclable bags, all-purpose cleaner, stain remover, a good playlist, and perhaps a strong cuppa or a hangover remedy.


  1. Start with the Rubbish

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Begin by doing a ‘sweep’ of each room, collecting empty bottles, cans, plates, and glasses.


  • Glassware: Rinse and stack by the sink or dishwasher.
  • Recyclables: Separate bottles, cans, and paper into their respective recycling bins.
  • Perishables: Anything that can spoil or attract pests should be binned immediately.


  1. After Party Clean-Up Step 3: Address the Stains ASAP

Accidents happen – from wine stains on the carpet to gravy spills on the sofa.


  • Wine: Blot (don’t rub) with kitchen paper. For red wine on a light-coloured carpet, try dabbing with a mix of water and baking soda.
  • Food stains: Scrape off the excess, then dab with a cloth dipped in warm soapy water.
  • Make-up: A touch of shaving foam can work wonders on those foundation or lipstick marks.

Remember, always test cleaning solutions on a hidden area first to ensure they won’t damage or discolour the material.

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  1. Tackle the Kitchen

Your kitchen has probably seen the brunt of the party action.


  • Dishwashing: If you’ve got a dishwasher, load it up. For hand washing, fill the sink with warm soapy water and start with glasses, followed by cutlery, then plates.
  • Surfaces: Wipe down countertops, tables, and other surfaces with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner.
  • Leftovers: If guests have left food behind, store it in containers or wrap it up and refrigerate.


  1. After Party Clean-Up Step 5: Restore the Loo

A frequently visited spot during any gathering, your bathroom deserves a thorough clean.


  • Empty the bin.
  • Wipe down all surfaces, especially the sink and counter.
  • Clean the toilet, and don’t forget to replenish the loo roll!


  1. Freshen Up

Open windows to let fresh air circulate and dispel the lingering smell of food, drink, and dancing. Light a scented candle or use a room spray to bring a pleasant aroma back into the space.


  1. After Party Clean-Up Step 7: Floors and Carpets

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Start by vacuuming or sweeping up crumbs, confetti, or any other debris. If your carpet needs a proper clean after the party, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner.


  1. Upholstery and Soft Furnishings

Fluff up those cushions, straighten throws, and check for any spillages on sofas or chairs. If you find stains, tackle them with an appropriate upholstery cleaner, following the manufacturer’s instructions.


  1. After Party Clean-Up Step 9: Return Borrowed Items

If you’ve borrowed chairs, games, or anything else from neighbours or friends, ensure they’re clean and return them promptly. It’s the British way!


  1. Reflect and Relax

Once you’ve finished, take a moment to relax. Reflect on the great memories from the night before, and perhaps start planning the next one!



While an after-party clean-up may seem daunting, approaching it methodically can make the task far more manageable. Remember, the memories of a fantastic evening with loved ones far outweigh the temporary mess. So, pop on that playlist, roll up your sleeves, and before you know it, your home will be back in tip-top shape. 

And if house cleaning is not your cup of tea, you can always delegate that tedious task to a professional home cleaner. Feel free to contact us and request a cleaning quote. You can find more info about our cleaning services at Merci Cleaning London or on our official Facebook page.


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