The Only Holiday Cleaning Checklist You Need

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holiday cleaning checklistIt’s that time of year! Candelabras lit, fat men stuck in chimneys, the countdown to a new year. The holiday season is always busy, and usually full of family and friends. It could very well be that you’re hosting a party or opening your home to extended family. Which can be equal parts wonderful and stressful. Not only do you have to cook and entertain, but your home has to be clean and tidy for guests. We’ve compiled this holiday cleaning checklist so you don’t overlook the little but important stuff, like dusting the vents or vacuuming under the sofa.

We’ve made the list—and we invite you to check it twice.

The Holiday Cleaning Checklist


  • Replace light bulbs
  • Wash and replace linens
  • Straighten closets
  • Declutter bookshelves and drawers
  • Dust closets and shelves
  • Dust headboards
  • Vacuum drapes or dust blinds
  • Flip mattresses
  • Vacuum under beds
  • Have carpets serviced

Family / Living Room

  • Have carpets serviced
  • Wash windows
  • Declutter
  • Vacuum drapes
  • Vacuum upholstery and under furniture
  • Dust blinds
  • Polish tables
  • Light candles or put out potpourri
  • Change air filters
  • Clean HVAC
  • Dust ceiling fans

Kitchen/ Dining Room

  • Empty and clean refrigerator
  • Make a shopping list and restock refrigerator
  • Defrost and clean freezer
  • Mop floor
  • Wipe backsplash
  • Vacuum insides of drawers
  • Empty trash, recycle, and compost
  • Clean oven and stoves
  • Scrub countertops
  • Clean microwave, inside and out
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Vacuum floors and vents
  • Clean baseboards
  • Wipe down cabinets
  • Wipe down or vacuum chairs and barstools
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Empty, clean and restock cupboard
  • Polish tables
  • Replace filters on kitchen hoods


  • Clean baseboards
  • Declutter medicine cabinet
  • Clean inside of medicine cabinet
  • Wipe down cabinets
  • Clean tubs and showers
  • Dust air vents
  • Empty and clean trashcan
  • Launder shower curtain
  • Polish faucets and sink
  • Polish mirrors
  • Provide new soap, lotion, toothbrushes, towels, etc.
  • Replace shower curtain liner
  • Replace toilet paper
  • Disinfect toilets
  • Scrub behind the toilet
  • Scrub counters
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wash and change linens

Someone’s Little Helper

Zerorez offers a range of services that can make preparing your home for the holidays a breeze. Or, we can make cleaning up after the holidays easy. Here are a few ways we can help the home sparkle pre- or post- guests:

Carpet Cleaning

Number one on the holiday cleaning checklist: carpets. Get ready to impress the in-laws with perfect carpets, or clean up after a herd of relatives have trampled through your home. Zerorez generates high pH (alkaline) Empowered Water™ from ordinary tap water at the facility and brings it to you in specially equipped cleaning vans. It cleans more effectively than detergents or soaps, and dries more quickly than traditional wet methods. That’s right— you get the best of both methods. Additionally, we have a Platinum Rating from the Carpet and Rug Institute, meaning we offer the best clean around (and this season we’re offering it at killer discount prices through 12/31).

Hardwood Cleaning and Stripping

Goodbye to soil, scuffs, and scratches when you add hardwood cleaning, polishing, and stripping to the holiday cleaning checklist. Or perhaps your wishlist! Hey mom, about what I want from Santa…

Your floors will be clean enough to eat off of (not that we recommend it) after Zerorez cleans and buffs with unique commercial equipment. If you have been using after-market finishes on your wood, the Zerorez process strips away the build up to return that gorgeous gleam to your flooring.

Grout Cleaning and Resealing

If you’re hosting for the holidays, chances are your kitchens and bathrooms will see a lot of traffic. Before or after the party is a great time to get your grout cleaned and resealed, so it’s something to consider adding to the holiday cleaning checklist.

Grout is one of those hard-to-reach areas. Not only is it porous and susceptible to bacteria, but it sits lower down than surrounding tile, making it hard to clean. The firm but gentle touch of Zerorez’s tile and grout treatment uses alkaline water at just the right pressure to blast away bacteria. We don’t use any soap to get that like-new sparkle, which means there aren’t any issues with efflorescence (the white scum sometimes left by cleaning agents). When the cleaning is done, we apply a surface sealant that creates a powerful, protective barrier that lasts years. You can read more about our tile treatments here.

Upholstery Cleaning

We can’t keep your dramatic Aunt Becky from hysterics, but our chemical free and allergy friendly methods are safe for even your most sensitive of relatives. No matter how durable your upholstery, it will occasionally require professional cleaning…especially after extended family has run amuck. With our Empowered Water, you won’t have to worry about common issues like overwetting. And, zero residue means upholstery will stay cleaner longer because it won’t attract more soiling. For more information, or for a complete list of services, feel free to visit us at or give us a ring at 818-881-5744.

Whatever you’re celebrating this season, Zerorez wishes you joyous holidays.

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