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A decorated Christmas tree in a living room
If you’re pressed for time ahead of the holidays, these rewarding hacks will help you get your home sparkling clean and ready for visitors. 

Christmas-ready cleaning hacks

Cleaning your house for Christmas can often feel overwhelming, but with the right tools and techniques, these jobs can be much easier and even satisfying, building anticipation for the holiday season. Here are five tasks to tackle that will make a big impact and are high in feel-good factor.

Pressure clean

As the main stage for outdoor entertaining, your timber decking deserves to be treated to a thorough pressure clean. First, sweep or blow away any surface dirt and debris. Next, put on your safety equipment, including enclosed shoes, safety glasses and earmuffs. For impressive results, pair your water blaster with a foam nozzle to apply a cleaning agent – the foamy coating helps lift grime and allows you to see if you missed any areas. Give the detergent time to work, then pressure wash the boards using a surface cleaner attachment, which enables you to clean larger areas faster. If using a standard spray lance, hold it about 10-30cm above where you’re spraying, use a low PSI setting, clean in the direction of the grain and systematically work outwards from the house.

A pressure washer spraying a weathered wooden deck, with half the deck clean

Remove pet fur from carpets and upholstery

If you’ve ever wondered how to get pet fur out of carpets, rugs or fabric couches, the trick is to use a squeegee - it's quick and incredibly effective. Simply use the squeegee like a mini rake to scrape in one direction towards you, to lift embedded hair and clump it. Once you’ve scraped it into a pile, vacuum it up. Easy!

 A grey rug covering a wooden floor, with a small white dog lying on it next to a tennis ball

Paint touch-ups

Is your paint looking scuffed, chipped or grubby? Nothing makes a room feel renewed like a paint touch-up. To nail a professional finish, the keys are preparation, equipment and technique. Start by giving walls a gentle scrub with sugar soap and a microfibre cloth, or cleaning wipes to speed up the process. Use quality painter’s tape around surfaces like door and window frames and skirting boards – a larger width tape will allow more leeway for drips and errors. Choosing the right brush and roller will also make the job easier. An angled cutting in and framing brush is ideal for corners. For internal walls and ceilings, a 10-15mm nap roller is the most popular, teamed with a roller width of 230-270mm, to cover large areas quickly. For a seamless, streak-free finish, keep a wet edge by cutting in an area and immediately following with a good coat of paint rolled end to end, then lay off the paint with the roller to ensure uniform application from top to bottom. Remove the painter’s tape once the final coat is dry.

 A hand painting the upper corner of a door frame blue with a paintbrush

Barbecue deep clean

Get your barbecue ready to fire up with a thorough scrub inside and out. Remove barbecue plates and grills and soak them in a large bucket of hot, soapy water before giving them a good scrub with a barbecue cleaning brush. Rinse the plates and allow to dry. To shine up stainless steel surfaces, use a microfibre cloth with a little water and dishwashing detergent and gently clean in the same direction of the grain. For a quick refresh between cooks, use barbecue wipes on cast iron grills and hotplates, followed by a spritz of canola oil to prevent rusting.

Close up of a hand cleaning a barbeque grill with a cleaning brush

Dust removal

Arm yourself with the right tools to remove dust with a top-down approach. For blinds and shutters, use a dusting glove or an old sock. Gently dip it in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water, then use it on your hand to wipe blades clean and capture dust. A clever hack to clean dust-laden ceiling fans, without creating more mess, is to encase the blades with an old pillowcase and draw it along the length of blade to loosen and collect the build-up. For delicate light fittings use an ostrich feather duster, which has natural electrostatic properties that attract and trap dust. To get into tight spots like window and door tracks, use a track brush, or old toothbrush, to loosen dust and follow with a vacuum.

A pair of hands using a cloth to wipe between the slats of a set of vertical blinds

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.