|28 March 2014||
Cleaning Up After A Children's Playdate
Arranging a play date between two young children can be a fantastic way of letting your child make friends and have a fantastic time. However, when the dust has cleared and the new friend has gone home, you might well find that the areas in which the children have been are no dissimilar to those areas which have recently experienced a small scale domestic war. After a busy few hours playing, it could well be that there is a great deal of tidying up to be done and this cleaning likely falls too you as the parent. For those without the benefit of professional cleaning services of the knowledge which comes with working for one, what should be the key areas which you address in order to make sure that the room is returned to a clean and tidy state? Perhaps the first thing which you should address should be the toys. When it comes to cleaning up after excited children, it may not be a surprise to find the area littered with treats and toys of all shapes and sizes. Picking up each and every one of these and returning them to the rightful place in the home should likely be your first step and will make what follows far easier. However, if the toys have been played with, it makes sense to give them a quick clean and polish before putting them back. Before you clear each item away, run over the surface with a combination of anti-bacterial spray and a soft cloth or paper towel. This will allow you to remove both the residue from sticky fingers and the build-up of bacteria which is likely to have occurred. Cleaning these toys now means that you know they are clean for the next time your child wants to play with them. With the area clean and free from toys, the next step is to check for stains and marks on the carpet and upholstery. Children can often possess a fascinating ability to create and cause stains out of seemingly nowhere. When it comes to finding a way to keep the area stain free, a quick response after the end of the playdate might be your only hope. While it is unlikely that your child has somehow managed to cause a red wine stain, checking the area for any possible instances allows you to react quickly to any issues. If you do notice something, you can use special upholstery cleaning products or those which are designed for carpet cleaning. Acting fast can be the best method of ensuring that the stain doesn’t last, but if it does then you might have to call in the professional cleaners. The last thing which you should probably address is the carpet. If the children have been playing in the area, once the toys and the possibility of stains are suitably dealt with, it is time to make sure that the area itself Is back to being just like it was before. When it come to this, it can often be an extension of your normal cleaning routine and will depend on the room in which most of the activity has taken place. If the floor was made of carpet, then using a vacuum cleaner can be vital for picking up all of the crumbs and smaller bits which might have been left behind. If it was tiled or linoleum, then using a brush first and then a mop can be the best way of making sure that you have properly dealt with any debris, marks or even finger prints which have been left behind and everything is as good as new.
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