11 Cleaning Tools to Get Your Home Ready for Hosting Holiday Gatherings

The holidays are quickly approaching, and when they arrive, so will your guests. Now is the perfect time to get a head start on cleaning tasks so your home will be ready for the celebrations to come. To clean every room from top to bottom, you'll need tools that can tackle multiple tasks. We've found a collection that will not only help you prepare for holiday occasions but will also be useful for keeping your home fresh and clean all year long.

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Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Whether you have lots of high-traffic areas or you want a vacuum with technology and performance that stands out among its peers, the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 upright has everything you need and more. It earns praise for truly impressive suction and the cutting-edge radial root cyclone technology that picks up the tiniest particles of dust. And its cleaning capabilities don't stop at floor level—the long hose and wand can handle those hard-to-reach areas, too. While it might take some practice to get used to the ball technology, we think you'll find it agile and easy to maneuver once you do.

Price: $399

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Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass

If you need a reliable, affordable vacuum cleaner, the Bissell CleanView Bagless delivers performance and value. It's our favorite vacuum for the budget-minded shopper. It offers decent suction power thanks to the brand's Cyclonic System technology and a washable filter to capture allergens. You'll also spend less time vacuuming because the brush design enables it to pick up lots of dirt on the first pass, and the TurboBrush tool makes quick work of tight spaces and upholstery. Once you begin tackling those pre-holiday chores, we think you'll be impressed that you spent less than $100 for a vacuum with these features and capabilities.

Price: $80

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iRobot Roomba 980 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum

Vacuuming floors isn't everyone's favorite chore. If that's how you feel about this must-do task, check out the smart, powerful iRobot Roomba 980. You can control it with your smartphone through the iRobot Home app and let it go to work. Once it has a clear path, the robot can navigate both hard flooring and carpet (except for very dense pile) and runs for up to 120 minutes per charge. We love that the dual brushes resist tangles, and the AeroForce filtration system significantly reduces numerous types of allergens in the air. You can even put it to work tackling spills without missing any time with your guests at your next holiday party.

Price: $699

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Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner

Sometimes your carpet and upholstery need extra attention when it comes to cleaning tough stains, spills, and messes. Why simply vacuum when you can give these surfaces a professional-level clean? The Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner has the features and power to clean carpets, furniture, and small spaces. The powerful suction combined with dual brushes can eliminate even set-in stains, but when you need a little extra help, the Power Boost function comes in handy. It even has a spot-lifting tool and removable on-board caddy. This powerful cleaner is ideal for preparing your home for the holidays, but we predict it will be your go-to tool for after parties, too.

Price: $250

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Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet and Upholstery Spot Cleaner

No matter how clean your home, there will always be unexpected messes that challenge your efforts. But you don't have to power up a full-size machine for every mishap. The Hoover Spotless is the perfect portable helper for all your minor carpet and upholstery cleaning needs. It's also great for freshening up difficult areas in between major scrubbings and for steam-cleaning stairs. The powerful suction and special cleaning tool eliminate tough stains, and the tank is easy to remove and wash so it's ready for the next time you need it. The small footprint makes it simple to store, leaving plenty of room in the closet for hiding those holiday presents.

Price: $99

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O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop

Sometimes all you need is a lightweight tool for quickly and easily cleaning your hard flooring, and the O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop is exactly that. Once it heats up, which takes less than a minute, it's ready to go and perfect for cleaning bathroom and kitchen floors. The adjustable steam setting lets you choose the level you need depending on the job, and the replaceable microfiber pad means you can keep your floors looking their best without leaving behind streaks and residue. The mop is also lightweight and affordable, making it even more appealing for pre-holiday cleaning tasks and beyond.

Price: $130

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Leifheit Click System Window Cleaning Tool Kit

With so many beautiful decorations to brighten your home for the holidays, you'll want to add the perfect touch with exceptionally clean windows. But this job can be difficult without the right tool. That's why we like the Leifheit Click System window cleaner. Its suction power, durable squeegee, and extendable handle that allows you to reach high windows make it easy to achieve great results and bring out the best in your windows. While it doesn't last as long as we'd like between charges, the convenience of not being limited by a cord as you work is a plus.

Price: $97

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Steamfast Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner

You want your home to look as perfect as possible when family and friends stop by during the holidays, but some areas are more difficult to clean than others. With a tool like the Steamfast Multi-Purpose Steam Cleaner, built-up dirt in cracks and crevices doesn't stand a chance. This tool heats up quickly, giving you the power of steam to clean instead of using harsh chemicals, and it's ideal for surfaces like bathroom grout and floor tile. The Steamfast comes with a variety of tools and nozzles, so even if some tight spaces challenge it, you'll still find it useful for cleaning more areas than you imagined.

Price: $150

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O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop with Telescopic Handle

Nobody likes to dust, but the right dust mop will do most of the work for you. The O-Cedar Dual-Action Flip Mop features a telescopic handle that can take a little effort to adjust, but it works well once in place. Combined with the rotating mop head, you can reach walls, shelves, and more without needing a step ladder. The double-sided chenille and microfiber mop top can be used wet or dry, so it's ideal for numerous surfaces. You also get two refills, so you'll be able to dust as needed before, during, and after the holiday season.

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Kenmore Elite Front Load Combination Washer/Dryer

Preparing for the holidays involves more than just cleaning floors and upholstery. You also want to have plenty of clean linens and towels for house guests. If you have limited space or you've always wanted an updated appliance, the Kenmore Elite Washer/Dryer has a lot to offer. In addition to being two appliances in one, it features a spacious 4.5-cubic-foot capacity that can accommodate large loads, justifying the somewhat high price tag. The 14 wash cycles will come in handy, and you'll welcome the steam function when it comes to tackling tough stains. Remember that it's ventless, which could lead to humidity buildup during the drying cycle.

Price: $1,710

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Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer

Before you put up your outdoor holiday decorations, you want to make sure the exterior of your home provides the best backdrop for the light show. The Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer is designed to clean without consuming excessive energy, and the 13-amp motor has the power to remove dirt and grime. No area will be out of reach with the 25-foot hose that stores easily on the built-in reel. This fairly lightweight, quiet washer will make your outdoor cleaning jobs easier, so you can get back to decorating.

Price: $199

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