Christmas Cleaning Checklist from a Professional Cleaner

The holidays are a joyous time of the year, filled with celebrations, family gatherings, and the spirit of giving. However, with all the festivities also comes the need for a clean and organized home. As an experienced house cleaning company, we understand the importance of having a sparkling clean space to truly enjoy the holiday season. To help you get your home ready for Christmas, we have put together a comprehensive Christmas cleaning checklist. Follow these tips and tricks to make your home shine and create the perfect setting for a memorable Christmas celebration. 

Declutter and Organize for Christmas Guests

Start by decluttering your home and organizing your belongings. Set aside some time to go through each room and remove any unnecessary items. Donate or discard things that you no longer need or use. A clutter-free space will not only make your home look cleaner, but it will also create an inviting and spacious atmosphere.


  • Go through each room, one at a time
  • Complete each room before moving onto the next
  • Organize items into several categories: organize, donate, discard
  • Put items for donation and discarding into their respective piles
  • Organize the items that you are keeping
  • Quickly dust and wipe down surfaces as you go
  • Take donations to drop-off locations
  • Discard items through recycling and upcycling when you can
  • Consider storing extra clutter temporarily until after the holidays
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Deep Clean the Kitchen for Christmas Baking

The kitchen is the heart of any holiday gathering, so it’s essential to give it a thorough cleaning. Start by emptying out the refrigerator and discarding any expired or unused items. Scrub the oven, stovetop, and microwave to remove any built-up grime and food residue. Don’t forget to wipe down the countertops, clean the sink, and polish stainless steel appliances for a spotless shine.


  • Empty refrigerator of expired and unused items
  • Clean countertops
  • Dust countertop items
  • Clean appliances and polish stainless steel appliances
  • Clean oven inside and out
  • Clean refrigerator inside and out
  • Clean microwave inside and out
  • Wash cabinet fronts
  • Clean inside cabinets and drawers
  • Sanitize sink and polish fixtures
  • Replace appliance lights and filters as needed
  • Clean and polish range hood
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Refresh the Dining Area for Holiday Meals

With all the festive meals and gatherings, it’s important to pay special attention to your dining area. Clean and polish your dining table and chairs. If you have fabric or upholstered seats, spot clean or steam clean them to remove any stains or odors. Don’t forget to clean and polish your fine china, glassware, and silverware to make them sparkle for your guests.


  • Dust and polish wooden furniture including tables, chairs, buffet
  • Spot clean fabric and upholstered seats 
  • Clean and polish serveware including china, glassware, and silverware
  • Wash and iron fabric napkins and other linens
  • Dust and polish light fixtures, wall art, and frames

Clean and Fluff Up Furniture

Next on the Christmas cleaning checklist, we tackle furniture. Give your living room and other common areas a fresh look by cleaning and fluffing up your furniture. Vacuum upholstered surfaces, including couches, chairs, and curtains. Dust and polish wooden furniture to remove any grime and restore their natural shine. Add some festive throws and pillows to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

  • Vacuum upholstered surfaces including couches, chairs, curtains, lamp shades
  • Dust and polish wooden furniture, lamps, and decorative items
  • Pre-treat and spot clean stains on furniture and upholstery
  • After upholstery has dried, fluff up your cushions and pillows for a full, clean look
  • Wash holiday throw pillow covers and throw blankets
  • Decorate your furniture with festive throw pillows and blankets
Very clean bathroom

Spruce Up the Bathrooms

Ensure that your bathrooms are clean and fresh for your guests. Deep clean the toilets, sinks, and showers. Replace any worn-out towels and refill your soap dispensers. Polish the mirrors and make sure all bathroom essentials, such as toilet paper and hand towels, are readily available.


  • Scrub tubs and showers and polish fixtures
  • Wash cabinet fronts
  • Clean inside cabinets and drawers
  • Sanitize sinks and polish fixtures
  • Clean mirrors
  • Sanitize toilet and toilet area – including walls near the toilets
  • Wash shower curtains, floor mats, and hand towels
  • Hang shower curtains, place down clean floor mats, and put out hand towels
  • Store extra hand towels and toilet paper
  • Empty trash pails and replace bags
  • Refill soap dispensers
  • Add festive touches like a holiday candle, festive hand towels, and a holiday room spray
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Vacuum and Mop All Floors

The floors are such an important part of the Christmas cleaning checklist. Give your floors a good vacuuming and mopping to remove any dust, dirt, or pet hair. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas and remove any stubborn stains. If you have carpets, consider getting them professionally cleaned for an extra fresh feel.

  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Consider moving furniture to vacuum under sofas, tables, and chairs
  • Pre-treat stains and high-traffic areas on rugs and carpets
  • Clean carpets and rugs, spending extra time to clean stubborn stains
  • Once dry, give carpets and rugs one more vacuum
  • Dust baseboards and sweep tile and wood floors
  • Mop wood and tile floors, cleaning spots off of baseboards as you go
Christmas decorated clean front entry

Freshen Up the Entryway

The entryway is the first thing your guests see when they arrive, so make sure it leaves a lasting impression. Sweep the porch, clean the doormat, and polish any outdoor fixtures. Inside, dust off any shelves or furniture and create a welcoming ambience with holiday scents or fresh flowers.


  • Sweep your porch and front entry
  • Clean the doormat and add or replace with a holiday doormat
  • Polish outdoor furniture and light fixtures
  • Remove cobwebs and other debris from your porch
  • Clean indoor doormat
  • Polish light fixtures of indoor entryway
  • Dust and polish entryway furniture, shelves, and decorative items
  • Add holiday ambiance with Christmas decor, candles, and fresh flowers

Deck the Halls with Care

As you clean your home, don’t forget to decorate it with festive flair. Hang up lights, ornaments, and garlands to create a cheerful atmosphere. Set up and decorate your Christmas tree, hang your stockings, and add special touches to enjoy the season fully. Just be mindful not to damage any surfaces or leave behind residue when putting up decorations. Vacuum and sweep up needles, glitter, dust, and pieces from garland after decorating.

Consider Professional Cleaning Help

If the holiday season has you feeling overwhelmed or short on time, consider letting our professional cleaning team take care of your Christmas cleaning. We have the expertise, experience, and tools to tackle any cleaning task, allowing you to focus on spending quality time with your loved ones.

A clean and organized home truly sets the stage for a delightful Christmas celebration. By following this Christmas cleaning checklist, you can ensure that your home sparkles and shines throughout the holiday season. Whether you decide to tackle the cleaning yourself or enlist the help of a professional cleaning service, the result will be a welcoming and festive atmosphere that will impress your guests and create lasting memories.


Amanda is the founder and owner of H&R Cleaning, a thriving cleaning company she established more than a decade ago armed with just a vacuum and a handful of flyers. Today, Amanda leads a dedicated team of 17 highly skilled cleaning technicians, serving 357 recurring clients. With an impressive track record of 6,900 households cleaned, Amanda aims to improve the lives of her fellow residents in Bryan/College Station, Texas by promoting a healthier, cleaner, and happier home life.