Prepare for Guests: Know the Dirtiest Places in Your Home

dirtiest places in your homeRegardless of whether or not you stick to a routine housekeeping schedule, you probably do a more thorough clean when you have house guests on their way. Nonetheless, there are many areas that we tend to overlook in the flurry and excitement of preparing for visitors, so you probably miss a few spots. Unfortunately, your guests will notice these dirty parts of the house, which can definitely ding your chances of claiming the title of host with the most.

Don’t worry, though! Merry Maids has your back: Take a look at some of the dirtiest places in your home so you can clean them before guests arrive.

Ceiling Fans

Think no one will notice those dust bunnies clinging to your ceiling fan blades? Think again. If overnight guests get chilly and turn the fan off, the first thing they’ll see is those ugly clumps of grey fluff. Bust those bunnies by knowing how to clean hard-to-reach places.

Smudges on Surfaces

While it’s unlikely you’ll notice the smudges your palms leave about the house, your company will be more prone to spotting the dingy smears on household surfaces. Doorknobs, doorframes, refrigerator handles and light switch plates tend to be some of the dirtiest places in your home. Fortunately, a microfiber cloth and simple cleaner will banish those baddies. Some solid DIY countertop solutions should do the trick nicely, from cleaning doorknobs to wiping down switches.


These low-lying areas are easy to forget when you’re tidying up for company. However, there’s a good chance your visitors will look down at some point, meaning they’ll see those grimy baseboards. Lessen the odds of guests discovering your dirty little secrets by taking a few minutes to clean your baseboards before they arrive.

Bathroom Mirrors and Fixtures

Most of us are accustomed to the occasional toothpaste splatter on the bathroom mirror or on chrome sink fixtures. While your own toothpaste residue might not be bothersome to you, your guests may find it downright disgusting. Don’t get labelled as a slob: Take some time to make your dirty bathroom mirrors shine with a streak-free glass cleaner and by buffing your chrome with a microfiber cloth.

Shower Curtain Liner

Naturally, you’ve taken the time to scrub the shower floor and walls. But what about that liner? One of the last things you want guests to see is a plastic shower curtain liner streaked with hard water stains or — even worse — lined with swaths of mildew or bacteria. By learning how to clean a shower curtain liner, you can rest assured your guests won’t be cringing every time they accidentally brush up on that sheet of plastic.

Stinky Smells

You might not notice that Mittens’ litterbox reeks, but your guests will. The same goes for cooking smells and the pungent aroma Spike leaves behind when he’s missed a few baths after doggy daycare, not to mention a dirty trash can or unsavory sink. Keep guests from running out of the house by making sure you don’t have a smelly home.

Are you freaking out because you have no idea where you’ll find the time to clean before guests arrive? Take a deep breath and give your local Merry Maids a call. We can help you prepare your home for company, so that you can focus on picking visitors up from the airport on time.

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