i should be mopping the floor: Preparing for Guests and Cleaning for the Holidays

Monday, December 15, 2014

Preparing for Guests and Cleaning for the Holidays


Preparing for Guests and Cleaning for the Holidays can be a huge undertaking.
I'm including my tips for "clean once...maintain all season long" below {and special ideas to prepare for overnight friends and family}. 


#holidays #deepcleaning #cleaningtips
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This little family member above makes things interesting as I prepare for guests and entertaining this holiday season. I don't want anyone to feel like they're spending the night at a kennel {nor do we love that feeling either}.
I prep my carpets and rugs at the beginning of the season with my Bissell Deep Cleaner. I use their Bissell 2X Pet Stain and Odor with Scotchgard to create a clean that will last all the way into the new year! 


Preparing for Guests and Cleaning for the Holidays | Enter to win a Bissell Upright Deep Cleaner!
Besides deep cleaning the carpet and rugs...there's a few other tips I'd love to share for when I have overnight guests. 


TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR OVERNIGHT HOLIDAY GUESTS:
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs throughout the home. Use a solution with Scotch Guard to protect from future stains. Bissell's Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution is a really good one.
  • Buy new {or super sanitize} towels and linens that guests will be using. I like to grab new towels for guests...ours always seem threadbare by the time the holidays roll around. I have a couple of sets of sheets that I use only when guests come {my kids' rooms double as guest rooms}. The Star Wars sheets take a small hiatus when company is spending the night.
  • Put a new bar of soap {I like to keep it in the box so guests know it's new} in the shower. Consider adding shampoos and other little luxuries to the shower and bathroom, too. I have to admit, using soap at someone else's house that I know has been used before me gives me the weirds. I just can't, y'all. I honestly have pretty sensitive skin...when I travel, I scoop up all those little luxury hotel soaps and bring them home with me {insert my husband's eyeroll...every time}. I keep them in my closet until guests come. Then I set them out for their use {nobody's skin is as crazy sensitive as mine...so they're usually delighted with fun little luxury products}.
  • Deep clean the room your guests are staying in. You never know when someone will drop an earring behind a piece of furniture...only to move it and discover a whole pile of dust bunnies {this may or may not have happened to me with one of my guests in the past...gah!}. I may not deep clean the entire home, but the room guests stay in definitely gets the star treatment.
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I've already been a Scotchgard-ing fool for as long as I can remember {every time a new piece of furniture comes into my home, it gets coated}. I love that the Bissell cleaners have Scotchgard in them to protect my carpets. Makes entertaining clean ups a breeze!
BISSELL upright carpet cleaning formulas that include Scotchgard Protector have the substance formulated in, so you clean your carpet you can also protect it from becoming stained in the future. This stain-protecting substance pushes liquids away from the base of carpet fibers. This means that when you have a spill, the liquid will stay at the surface longer so you have time to clean it up before the carpet is seriously damaged.

Be sure to enter to win one of THREE BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaning Machines, with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution.



HOW TO ENTER: 
1. Head over to the Bissell site by CLICKING HERECheck out the different Bissell products. 
2. Come back here to this post and leave a comment telling me how a BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution would make your life easier.

THAT'S IT! After you've commented, you're entered! 


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BISSELL will randomly select three winners from the comments found on participating blogs. The winners will be announced Monday, January 5th, and will be notified through a response to their comment. They will have 5 business days (by 01/12/15) to submit their email address and claim their prize.

And check out this awesome coupon to save on Bissell deep cleaning formulas here:
Preparing for Guests and Cleaning for the Holidays | Enter to win a Bissell Upright Deep Cleaner!

Again, entered to win by heading to Bissell and then coming back here to comment!

Thank you bunches to Bissell for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

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51 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, a new BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine would be a blessing to our white carpet that is home to our 2 furry friends and their dirty little paws.

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  2. Oh my gosh -- I have a fur baby. Need I say more why a BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution would make my life earlier. :)

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  3. Who couldn't benefit from a deep cleaning carpet cleaner?! My dear, darling husband means well but he tracks dirt into the house that mysteriously vanishes into the carpet which leaves me feeling like we live in filth no matter how many times I vacuum!

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  4. I have triplet boys, and I have so many tough stains in my carpet. I would love to win one of these to work on that deep cleaning!

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  5. I need a new one of these so bad! I have 2 Doberman's in the house, they get messy at times!

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  6. A new Bissell deep cleaning machine? I would be over the moon. We have one dog and you wouldn't think one dog could drag in too much dirt but mine seems to bring in enough for three dogs. I can't keep up and with beige carpeting you can imagine how dingy our house looks. I'd love this. What an incredible gift it would be!

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  7. 3 boys+ beige carpet= a recipe for messy! I don't own a carpet cleaner, but can imagine how much nicer these carpets would look without stains:-)

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  8. This model, Proheat 2X Healthy Home® Pet Deep Cleaning System 9200Z, would be awesome due to the allergy aspect, 1 dog, 1 cat, and old carpeting! Thanks! m.

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  9. Funny story... the first time my (now) husband brought me home to meet the parents... the only soap in my shower was a collection of soap "heels" (the parts you usually throw away) wrapped up in one of my mother in law''s used stockings. Talk about mortified!
    Just knew you would appreciate that story!

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  11. This would be amazing with two small kids, and a black beagle-lab mix who leaves a trail fur everywhere she goes

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  12. A fur baby and a husband put the need for a ProHeat 2X Premier high on my list. I love them both so this might help keep carpets in better shape!

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  13. I have a Bissell vacuum and love it on my new carpet. Now, I a a fan of Bissell. This would be great for the carpet we haven't replaced yet.

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  14. As a caregiver for handicapped adults, I sure could use a little help with keeping my carpets in tip-top shape!

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  15. I could really use this. My husband and dog keep the outdoor carpet on our porch looking terrible.

    Paula@SweetPea
    http://www.virginiasweetpea.com

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  16. Upcoming holiday guests, dogs and a kiddo. . . this would make cleaning much easier for our busy life! I'm sure we will share with the fam jam :-)

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  17. I need need need this to clean before guest arrive

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  18. I usually pay a pro to clean my carpets. I wonder if a Bissell would do as good a job.

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  19. I have a new baby and 2 older kids. They track in everything. She will be crawling soon and we need are carpets cleaned. I spend hours cleaning the carpet by hand the spots come back. THANK YOU!

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  20. The BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution would make your life easier by removing deep-down dirt and odors from my carpet. It would definitely help me yo keep my carpets cleaner. My email is thisisliferemix@gmail.com

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  21. With 3 adults, two dogs, and a cat living on our carpet, the BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution would make my life easier by relieving the stress I have about my carpets needing cleaned!

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  22. I have several rugs and carpet that would really benefit from a Bissell cleaning. Our little dog is precious but sometimes leaves her mark when she is home alone. I'm sure the Bissell pet urine cleaner and machine would do a much better job than the spray cleaner I have been using.

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  23. With a wooley malamute, this Bissell would be so nice to have to keep my carpets clean.

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  24. This model, Proheat 2X Healthy Home® Pet Deep Cleaning System 9200Z, would be awesome due to the allergy aspect. Thanks for a chance ti win.

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  25. I sure could use a carpet cleaner! With two messy boys and a husband, our carpets take a beating! It would be great to have this on hand when accidents occur and for periodic deep cleaning.

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  26. I could really use this Bissell Carpet Cleaner. This would be so much better than having to rent one. Thanks!

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  27. I would love to win The Bissell Upright! I already have the Bissell Little Green machine for quick clean ups. Running to town to rent a machine and cleaning like a maniac to get done and return the machine before I have to pay a second days rental is a pain. My "furry son and daughter", Rufus and Paws, are getting up in years and accidents and upchucks happen more frequently. If I won, regular cleaning would be less stressful and the Scotchguard Protector Cleaning Solution in The Bissell Proheat 2X Premier would clean deeply as well as protect against further soiling! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

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  28. This Bissell Carpet Cleaner would be a wonderful answer to my dilemna. I inherited a long-hair cat from my granddaughter and soon after my upright vacuum gave up the ghost and died. My carpet cleaner was borrowed by my daughter several years ago
    and I'm sure by now is quite clogged up so much I don't want it back. I'm surviving right now with a stick vacuum. I see BIssell has a great selection of vacuums too.

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  29. My Three year old son just had a huge throw up accident two nights ago. I spent 2 hours on my knees trying to clean up the mess and I still cannot get the stench out. I love the 10 Rows of cleaning – dual rotating powerbrushes loosen and remove deep down dirt from carpets. Since there is no way I can do that with a rag I know I would worry less about the "accidents" in our home. I know the Bissell preheat would be a huge lifesaver in our home since I Three busy young kids. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  30. #2..I need this because like most between kids and pets..and, nasty weather issues due to tracking in gunk..I can really use this a whole lotta to de-stress my life..especially love that it really deep cleans carpets/rugs.
    Also, I am tired of spending $ on renting and that machine does a so-so job..plus not sure of the germs I am getting from someone else home..or even bed bugs! yuk.
    Thank, Vickie
    floridagld (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  31. I have a household full of pets, and there is always messes to clean up, being able to deep clean the carpet is a must, I need one of these! cricketlady29@hotmail.com

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  32. I have a 4 year old, an 18 month old, and a baby on the way........THIS momma needs this! :)

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  33. 5 active kids, 2 elderly cats, 1 skittish Chihuahua.... my carpet NEEDS this!!

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  34. Our carpet had some pesky stains when we moved in, so we know it was a dirt magnet. Now add a preschooler and a toddler, and it always looks just... Dirty. One of these babies would really help the look and feel of the floor. And in less time, so I can spend more time making more messes with the kiddos :)

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  35. I have two stain magnet kids and one who suffers from asthma. A Bissell steam cleaner would really help our home.

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  36. With 5 kiddos I think I need one of these! :)

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  37. My eight year old has cerebral palsy and is learning to use a cup and utensils. Food and drinks end up all over the dining room floor, which is carpet. I would love to use this piece of equipment to keep it clean and help him feel like he isn't creating a mess.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  38. Kids and pets, all that needs to be said! :)

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  39. Carpet grosses me out because I never feel like it's truly clean. As much as I'd love to transition to all hard flooring in this house one day, that's just not in the budget at the moment...so in the meantime, a Bissell Deep Cleaning Machine would make me feel a lot better while helping to keep my kids' asthma under control!

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  40. 2 goofy dogs, 2 busy parents, 2 active kids, and a baby on the way...sing to the tune of twelve days of Christmas!
    My poor carpet is in need of some Christmas magic for sure. A Bissell steam cleaner would definitely help to create a safer, healthier place for a baby to roll and crawl around on!

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  41. With 2 dogs and 3 kids, my 13 year old carpets need all the help they can get!!

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  42. With a hoard of little boys and a baby on the way, we clean carpets often. Gimme that Bissell!!

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  43. With 3 dogs, 1 big hairy cat, and an 11 month old baby who puts everything into her mouth, a Bissell Upright Deep Cleaner would be AWESOME. Pick me please.

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  44. With 3 kids, a cat & a dog who had quite an adjustment getting used to the new schedule in the new house, a carpet cleaner would be awesome to have!! I'd love the downstairs to be clean & fresh so I wouldn't be too worried about having friends over.~ Teresa Knepp

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  45. The carpets in my rental home are not the best and my dog and 4 year old do their best to add to it.

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  46. I have two bissell vacuums, a hoover, and a shark vacuum, plus a hoover carpet cleaner (my mothers). I Love her carpet cleaner but it does not always get the stains out of the carpet. I would love to try a bissell carpet cleaner. If it works like my vacs, it should do a good job

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  47. I'd love to own this BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaning Machine. It would allow me to clean up the sticky messes, left behind by my grandchildren when they visit, quickly and thoroughly! I've owned two light-duty Bissell carpet cleaners which always did a good job on the carpets in my apartment. The Deep Cleaning Machine would simply make cleanups a breeze!!!

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  48. I have a deaf and blind dog. She can not be outside as we live in the country. She has to handler her "business" in the house until I get home. BISSELL Upright Deep Cleaning Machine with Scotchgard Protector Carpet Cleaning Solution would make my life breezy

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  49. These large carpet cleaning machines seem pretty standard. Would there ever be a difference in how well the motor is able to suction compared to other brands? No one wants to get a machine that is going to leave one third of the dirt in the carpet. I am assuming that carpet cleaners and their life spans are similar in concept to other devices with motors.
    http://www.aaa-clean.ca/carpet_cleaning.html

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