The 30-Minute Holiday Sweep Clean from The Libman Company

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10 steps to a quick house cleaning before guests arrive.

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No time to thoroughly clean your home for holiday guests? No problem. The Libman Company, a U.S. manufacturer of household and commercial cleaning products, offers a recipe for a quick way to clean your house in just 30 minutes.

1) Prioritize and Plan
First, determine which rooms you want to focus most of your energy on. Probably the rooms that are the most likely to be seen, like the bathroom, kitchen, living room, and dining room. You’ll want whatever four or five rooms you choose to be your main focus.

For the best results, time each step to keep you on track.

2) Declutter – 6 minutes
Go through each of your prioritized rooms with an empty laundry basket and a trash bag. Collect items in the laundry basket, like toys or shoes that don’t belong. Set the laundry basket aside to return everything to its rightful spot later. (Or hide it in the closet if you’re expecting guests. No shame!) Use the garbage bag to grab any trash, like takeout containers or loose papers.

We suggest rather than going by room, moving through your space task-by-task, one cleaning tool at a time.

3) Dust – 5 minutes
Give bookcases, light fixtures, houseplants, artwork, and corners a quick once over with the Libman Big Feather Duster. Make sure to shake out the feather duster often.

4) Wipe – 5 minutes
Wipe down all bathroom and kitchen surfaces like counters, appliance handles and toilet seats with Libman Microfiber Sponge Cloths. Use a multi-purpose cleaning spray and get the cloth wet if needed.

5) Clean the Toilet – 1 minute
One thing’s for certain – your guest will use your bathroom. Use a Libman Angled Toilet Bowl Brush and some disinfectant spray to remove rings and stains from the toilet bowl.

6) Sweep – 4 minutes
Sweep all wood floors, concrete, tile, and linoleum. Spray your Libman Precision Angle® Broom with a little bit of multi-purpose cleaning spray to help remove stubborn pet hair from the corners. Instead of wasting precious time sweeping your piles into a dustpan, leave your piles and vacuum them up in the next step.

7) Vacuum – 3 minutes
Vacuum any high-traffic areas, like living room rugs and carpet. And don’t forget your swept piles.

8) Mirrors – 3 minutes
Wipe down any mirrors or prominent windows with some window spray and the Libman Everyday Dusting Cloth. Clean mirrors can really make the place sparkle.

9) Details – 3 minutes
You’re almost there! Now, just add the final touches, like arranging the blankets on the couch and fluffing the throw pillows, to really make your home look put together. Hang a fresh set of fluffy towels in the bathroom. Straighten piles of mail or stuff them in a drawer.

10) Take a breath and enjoy some good holiday cheer with your guests!

For more cleaning tips or information about Libman products, visit

About The Libman Company
The Libman Company is a family-owned company that has been making quality cleaning tools since 1896. The company manufactures products from brooms and mops to more specialized tools for kitchen and bathroom cleaning and industrial uses. Libman proudly manufactures most of their products in the United States, including the company’s well-known Wonder® Mop.

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