Office parties – the aftermath

Tis the season for those much awaited festive work parties, and while we are all happy to finally let loose and relax amongst our colleagues – someone still has to clean up all that fun afterwards. So we thought we'd give those people a hand by offering our best advice on how to get the office party mess cleaned up as quickly as possible.

Removing wine stains

Wine is the no.1 culprit for stains at parties, with everyone dancing around with their glasses; some of it is always bound to end up on the floor! However, there really is no point in crying over spilt wine (unless there’s no more to top up with!) – follow these instructions and the boss will never see the mishap!

  1. With a white cloth, try and blot as much of the stain as you can. The more you can soak up, the less you’ll have to remove.
  2. After you finish blotting, pour a bit of cold water directly onto the wine stain. Doing this helps dilute what remains of the stain, making blotting a bit easier. Continue blotting until you find that no more of the stain will come out.
  3. Now prepare a baking soda paste by mixing a three to one ratio of water to baking soda and applying it to the affected area.
  4. Once the paste is dry, vacuum the stain and see it vanished!

Removing grease stains

Pizza is often a feature of office parties, and all that grease can very easily find its way onto the floor. Although grease can seem like a tough one to clean, don’t fear. There’s actually a very simple solution to get carpets looking spick and span by the next day.

  1. Using a bit of water, start to sponge the stain.
  2. Apply a few drops of white vinegar, along with a wet spotter. A wet spotter is made of one part dishwashing detergent, one part glycerin and eight parts water (shake it well and store in a plastic water bottle).
  3. Pour a generous amount of wet spotter onto a sponge. Then place the sponge directly onto the grease stain and leave for 5 minutes.
  4. Change the absorbent sponge as the grease stain gradually disappears.
  5. You can repeat steps 1 through 3, flushing the grease stain with water until thoroughly clean!

Getting rid of glitter

A party isn’t a party without a bit of glitter! Especially over Christmas, there’s nothing better than the sparkly stuff to get you in the mood; however, glitter is notorious for sticking around months after you’ve used it. And when it comes to the office – it’s best not to have the shimmery remnants of previous parties hanging around for all your clients to see.

A good old vacuum will do most of the work, using the hose end to pick up large amounts of the glitter. However, if you’re still stuck with a sparkly floor, try using a tape-based lint roller to remove even the most stubborn bits from any type of flooring.

If you don't have a lint roller handy, wrap masking tape or packaging tape around your fingers, so the sticky side faces out. Pat your tape-wrapped hand over the glitter to pick it up and voila! All evidence of a party is removed!

Removing odours from the furniture & floors

After a party, there can be various smells left lingering around on the furniture and floors - if you want the office to quickly go back to smelling fresh the answer is quite simple – baking soda! Not something people would usually think of first for an air freshener, but this home remedy really works to lift all odours and have your office smelling brand new again in no time!

  1. Cover entire area you want smelling fresh (including floors) with baking soda by sprinkling it and rubbing it in gently to get to deeper odours.
  2. Allow the baking soda to sit on the area overnight.
  3. Return to vacuum thoroughly and remove it all.
  4. Repeat as necessary until fresh as a daisy!

We do hope our handy party clean-up tips will help you all to enjoy yourselves over the festive period without worrying this year. Follow any of these steps to make sure your clients stay none-the-wiser the next day.