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How to keep your house clean during the holidays

The end-of-year holidays are a time for celebrations and family bonding. South Africans choose to spend the period in a variety of ways - most of which involve friends and family gatherings at home. Large dinners, braais and new years eve parties; these festive events are joyous and fun but can lead to a messy home. So how can you keep your house clean during the holidays?

Consider hiring professional cleaners for the best results, before and after any celebrations. IWESCO is a leading contract cleaning service provider in South Africa. We can have a team of expert cleaners on-site within no time, anywhere in the country. We offer regular household cleaning services along with hygiene, disinfection and specialised offerings, such as events cleaning services.

These offerings can be provided on a once-off basis. We have ISO 14001 certification for environmental management and are a member of the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA). We can guarantee a professional cleaning service with long-lasting results. If you’d prefer to clean your home yourself, here are some tips below.

Tips for cleaning your home during the holidays

1. Get started early

A great way to keep your house clean is to start ahead of time and try to maintain some order and cleanliness as the holiday season approaches. Think of it like a spring cleaning exercise ahead of time. This will make you more motivated to keep things orderly throughout December.

2. Remove clutter

Papers, old receipts and objects sitting on top of tables can make your house look untidy and unclean. Grab some empty boxes and fill them up with old rubbish. Why not donate some clothing or unused kitchen equipment too? When you use something, put it back in its place. The more clutter you can remove from your house, the cleaner it’ll be for the holidays.

3. Fewer decorations are better

When it comes to decorating your house for the holidays, quality is better than quantity. No matter the occasion, too many decorations can look tacky and make your otherwise tidy house look unkempt. Opt for a few really nice decorations to keep the occasion classy. If you’re hosting a new years eve party, bear in mind the massive clean-up that you’ll have on your hands the next day; fewer decorations will make this easier.

4. Allow light in

A great tip for a tidy home is to open up the curtains and let as much natural light in as possible. This makes a room feel more inviting, warm and spacious. It’ll make your guests feel more at home and happier to spend time with you in your spotless abode. Just be sure that your carpets are vacuumed and that your tiles are mopped.

5. Stick to a cleaning schedule

Our final piece of advice is to create a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Spring cleaning your house at the start of December is only worth your time if you can continue to clean and tidy at regular intervals throughout the month. There are certain chores that need to be completed every day, while others can be done once a week. A schedule will allow you to stay on top of the mess during the holiday season.

If you simply don’t have time to do any of the above, then why not call a professional? IWESCO can kickstart your holidays with a hygienic home and we’ll ensure that your family and friends have a spotless space in which to celebrate. For more information about our commercial cleaning services or to book an appointment, please contact us today.


IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.

We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mbombela and more.

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