But if you’re trying to impress guests, you’ll want your home to be absolutely spotless. That means no muddy foot- and paw-prints, crumbs or mulled wine stains.
Here are our top tips on keeping your floors looking tip-top – and the vacuums we recommend to do the business for you.
Pay special attention to the hallway and back door
At Christmas, there’s a constant stream of people in and out of your home, bringing in dirt on wet, muddy shoes. Don’t stress – just let mud dry and it’ll be easy to hoover up.
Then, before everyone settles down to watch Home Alone, take care of the vacuuming in 5 minutes.
The best tool for the job? A lightweight cordless vacuum.
- no lugging heavy, awkward machinery around
- no tripping over the cable
- effortless, powerful cleaning on hard floors and carpets
- boost button for extra suction on stubborn dirt patches
- easy emptying, straight into the bin
The powerful Dyson Cyclone V10 Cordless vacuum has an easy-to-manoeuvre cleaning head, meaning you can get right into those nooks and crannies. For extra power, it’s equipped with one of Dyson’s digital motors, and it can run for up to a full hour on a single charge.
Keep things hygienic
Keep the germs to a minimum with the Cyclone’s point-and-shoot mechanism. It lets you safely eject your debris into the bin without it getting near your hands.
Oh, and the V10 version sucks up 25% more dirt than its V8 predecessor – no more excuses for a muddy hallway!
Prefer a corded vacuum? The Miele Complete C3 Pure Power is a cylinder vac with some serious power – at 890 watts, it’s one of Miele’s most powerful cleaners.
Keep the kitchen floor safe and clean
The kitchen takes a real battering at Christmas. No matter how many times you ask guests to make themselves comfy in the living room:
- everyone congregates in the kitchen
- small children and dogs are always running in and out
- all those gravy/wine/tea spills on the floor, argh
Before you know it, your kitchen floor is a slippery, grimy mess in need of a good clean with a steam mop.
Meet the Vax Steam Fresh Combi S86-SF-C. This neat little gadget produces jets of hot steam to break down grease andkill 99.9% of bacteria, meaningthere’s no need for nasty chemicals.
Just swish it around like a normal mop, and watch it sanitise as it goes. You can even machine wash the pads. Some have a detachable hand-held steamer so you can blitz the sink, oven and bin as well.
Keep crumbs off the carpets
Christmas means non-stop eating and snacking in front of the telly – bliss, right? But don’t let crisp crumbs get stomped in, or you’ll soon face a carpet nightmare.
What you need is the Dyson Light Ball Multifloor bagless vacuum.
Steer round corners and into nooks with ease, thanks to the lightweight and dynamic design.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about detaching and reattaching a bag – there isn’t one! Just release the dust compartment straight into the bin.
Stay on top of pet hair
There’ll be lots of people fussing over your dog or cat this Christmas, which means lots of pet hair in the air. If your home gathers furry tumbleweeds in awkward corners, you might like to consider switching to a vacuum cleaner for pet owners.
- more brush power to lift hair from carpets
- extra suction to lift fine dirt brought in on muddy paws
- specialist crevice tools to tackle fur balls
- detachable handheld units to pick hairs off stairs
The Shark DuoClean Lift-Away True Pet is designed for homes with pets. It comes with a range of different accessories to make it easier to shift stubborn pet hair.
For delicate dust removal
It’s not all about getting tough grime off the floor – think of all the delicate places that require dust removal around Christmas time, from on top of the TV to under the tree.
The Vax Blade 2 is just the ticket. Reach up high in handheld mode, and pick up even the tiniest particles with the Twin Helix Brushbar.
Don’t worry about dust escaping from the fireplace, either – the 3-stage filter sucks up all particles into the DustVault. Easy-peasy – without the wheezy.
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