Faced with busy, pressured lives, one of the last things that any of us wants to confront is a house or apartment that needs some TLC as the holidays approach. What we all really wish for is a magical muse to appear like Mary Poppins, take us by the hand and make the whole process a well-organized, step by step breeze. It turns out that there really is just such a muse…she is Sabrina Fierman, who heads the city’s top-rated home cleaning service, New York’s Little Elves, the go-to choice of leading interior designers and their often hard to please clients.
Sabrina and her team of hard-working Elves are experts at making hard to clean surfaces shine and giving hard to reach nooks and crannies that we often forget about their long overlooked due. Among the Elves’ many cleaning options is pre-holiday cleaning. While a team of Elves tackles and completes it all in a day, it all becomes way less daunting for the rest of us if we tackle them one at a time at a more leisurely time-permitting pace.
Interior Design by Joyce D. Silverman Interiors | Photography by Anastassios Mentis
Here are six pre-holiday cleaning steps that Sabrina recommends:
1. Sabrina and her team begin every home cleaning project by taking stock. Do a walk-through of your home to see what needs the most attention as you plan for the holidays. This can include specialty cleaning of silver, chandeliers, windows and upholstery that might require steam cleaning. If the plan is to use outside help, be sure to make appointments early so that your needs can be easily accommodated.
2. Deep clean public areas –foyer, living room, den, powder room and bathrooms –taking special care to include cleaning baseboards and moldings, light switch plates and door knobs. Deep cleaning includes, dusting, vacuuming floors, upholstery and draperies, shelves, and any visible areas where dust collects and is visible.
3. With more time spent in the kitchen cooking for the holidays, this is a good time to thoroughly clean the most used room in the home. This means cleaning all surfaces including cabinetry hardware and doors/panels, appliances and their interiors, (don’t forget the refrigerator condenser cables which can be vacuumed and then wiped clean with clean rags,) and interior cabinets. Purge any expired or unwanted food before addressing this last item.
Interior Design by Laurie Blumenfeld Design
Photography by Tim Williams
4. Rooms to accommodate overnight guests need special attention as well –freshly washed linens, new air freshener, thorough dusting and vacuuming, and complete bathroom cleaning. (If there is any dis-coloration on the shower curtain or mold on the grout, this is thetime to address it.)
5. If you have a wood burning fireplace that has been left uncleaned, it might be best to play it safe and get it professionally cleaned by a qualified chimney sweep. There’s nothing like “roasting chestnuts on an open fire” over the holidays knowing that your fireplace and chimney are clean and safe.
6. This is also a good time to clean your windows inside and out –professionally or on your own –to remove seasonal residue that inevitably accumulates over the warmer months. This is also a great way to be sure that you can gaze out and get the full impact of snowy vistas just outside and beyond.
New York’s Little Elves offers its clients a variety of home cleaning options including individual deep cleanings, weekly, monthly and seasonal cleaning, and post renovation cleaning. Specialties include hard to clean and delicate surfaces, including metal surfaces, cleaning hard to reach areas that are most often not given proper attention, cleaning delicate lighting fixtures, cleaning specialty wall coverings, and the like.Home cleaning services by New York’s Little Elves are available in the New York City metropolitan area and its surroundings and in communities in South Florida.