You love having guests over, but you also may have stopped noticing the common cleanliness problems in your home. We all grow blind to the home issues we’re used to, be it a creaky step, faded paint color, or that carpet stain that never quite came out all the way. But fear not, this article is a guide to literally and figuratively clear up any messes you’ve grown accustomed to. Here are the cleaning issues guests notice that you don't.

”Water is life, and clean water means health.” - Audrey Hepburn

In the Bathroom

Pick up on these things you may have forgotten about
Be sure to check the areas that you've grown used to. Source: The Spruce

The number one place that most homeowners have stopped noticing problematic issues is in the bathroom. This is largely in part because the bathroom sees a lot of constant, continual use. It’s the one room regularly shared by all residents and therefore sees the most traffic. That means that when something goes wrong, it’s generally considered normal by the occupants using it.

So when entertaining house guests be sure to give the bathroom a little extra care and focus on these things:

  • Shower curtain liner
  • Tub ring
  • Fuzzy toilet seat covers
  • Hair
  • Hand towels
  • Carpeting
  • Slow draining shower

Water Stains

One of the harder things to clean for a homeowner, water stains on your walls and ceiling can usually be remediated by a professional. Unfortunately, a water stain is usually the first thing people notice about your house. So get in touch with a pro to have that removed and any damage undone. It can also potentially prevent mold damage.

Pet Dander

Pets are fun, but can get messy
Pet dander can be a major issue. Source: Wired

Here’s one that most pet owners can confirm. After a while, you just sort of get used to the fact that your furry friend sheds. But it’s important to know how to be a good host for house guests. So if you’ve grown accustomed to pet dander, there’s a good chance that you might not even notice it anymore. So call in a professional to get your home properly cleaned and remove the allergens from your indoor air.

Sticky Cabinets

This is one of those things around your home that you just sort of compensate for. That one cabinet that takes a little bit more to open might not even affect your daily routine, but a gust could be afraid of breaking the thing. If you have a “preparing for guests” checklist, this is one item that should be on it.


Sometimes you just get used to it
When you just grow accustomed to your surroundings. Source: Peacequarters

Another one of those things that just seems to begin to pile up without notice, clutter makes your guests feel uncomfortable. And it’s always one of those things guests notice that you don't. So make sure your home’s clutter is properly dealt with before inviting company. It will save you from any embarrassing stories later.


Here’s a big one that many people don’t notice because they’ve been desensitized to it quite literally. Do you even perceive the scent of your home anymore? It just something that most people don’t think about. However, it is usually the first thing people notice about your house when they enter the door. So make sure you have the air fresheners needed to make it cleanse the air.

Windows and Mirrors

Picking up around the house might need an extra pair of eyes
Windows can be dirtied very quickly. Source: HGTV

Fingerprints are not your friend when it comes to glass and windows. Make sure to use some windex and a solid cloth to wipe down your reflective surfaces. Alternatively you can hire a professional team to target all the glass in your home. Either way it’s one of the first 3 things you notice in a home.

Make sure your home isn’t giving any guests the heebie jeebies. Did you know the cost for services changes based on where you live? For example, in Kinston, NC the average cost for cleaning service is slightly lower than in Billings, MT. Want to get a more accurate estimate for free? Get in touch with a homeyou pro near you!

Offer the Food/Drink Distraction

Draw the eye away from clutter and over to a fancy cheese plate
At the very least you can entertain them with a fancy food ensemble. Source: President Cheese

When all else fails, good hospitality can mask a lack of cleaning. Offer some cheese, crackers, and a few drinks to take eyes off the mess in your home. Now that’s how to welcome a guest in your home.

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