Merry Maids Reveals Its Top Tips for Tackling #Thanksgiving Messes


Friday, November 23, 2018 8:00 am CST



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"Thanksgiving, though a day of fun and togetherness, is also one of the messiest, a fact holiday hosts are reminded of each year"

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thanksgiving, a beloved holiday among Americans, is synonymous with family, friends and food. For those hosting, it’s also synonymous with a lot of responsibility, like acing the turkey (cooking and carving), making homes feel warm and hospitable (and clean), and of course, cleaning up after guests leave. Fortunately, Merry Maids, one of the nation’s largest home cleaning services and a ServiceMaster company, is here to help you tackle the aftermath of Thanksgiving get-togethers.

“Thanksgiving, though a day of fun and togetherness, is also one of the messiest, a fact holiday hosts are reminded of each year,” said Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert. “Cleanup can be time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to take the last bit of energy you have left from what’s often a marathon day of cooking and entertaining.”

Johnson shares her top expert tips for helping hosts restore their homes to order once the final Thanksgiving guest leaves:

  1. Take advantage of any, and all, self-cleaning appliances. Self-cleaning ovens use a lot of energy, but far less than the amount of energy an individual would put into scrubbing the walls, racks and doors of ovens without the head start the self-cleaning feature provides. Do this as soon as the final guest departs so final cleanup the next day will be much easier.
  2. Restore order to your bathroom. Thanksgiving dinner draws lots of guests, and therefore lots of trips to the bathroom. A time-saving tip to get your toilet clean again involves a cup of white vinegar and a few fizzy denture tablets. Leave them in the toilet bowl overnight so cleaning the next day will take half the time.
  3. Make laundry a priority. Many guests love making themselves at home during the holidays – cuddling up to throw pillows and blankets, staying overnight in guest bedrooms or drying their hands on whatever towels they can get their hands on. If you do one load of laundry immediately after Thanksgiving, let it be your linens. This will make tackling your family’s normal laundry less time-consuming after your guests leave.
  4. Call in the professionals. Whether you cooked a 10-course meal or had some catering help, everyone deserves a little rest and relaxation around the holidays. Hiring the pros to clean for you is likely to bring you a second helping of happiness – as a recent survey from Merry Maids revealed that the majority of Americans (74 percent) said having a clean home makes them feel like a better parent or partner. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to do it all by yourself. Schedule a post-Thanksgiving visit from Merry Maids for a thorough, just-to-your-liking cleaning of your home.

"Everyone wants a cleaner home before – and after – the holidays, but finding the time to take care of necessary tasks without sacrificing time for yourself or family is becoming increasingly difficult in today's fast-paced world,” said Hagan Kappler, president of Merry Maids. “At Merry Maids, we're happy to offer solutions tailored to your specific needs. You don’t have to spend your precious free time cleaning and scrubbing. Allow us to do it for you so you can make time for the things and people who really matter.”

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Survey Methodology

The 2018 Merry Maids Cleaning Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by Toluna from May 8-11, 2018 among a sample of 2,093 Americans 18 years of age and older. The margin of error for a sample of this size is ± 2% at a 95% level of confidence. For full survey results please contact the ServiceMaster media relations team at (866) 397-7921.

About Merry Maids

Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the United States. Merry Maids provides services in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also provides home cleaning services in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom and has licensing arrangements whereby licensees provide these services in Hong Kong, Japan, South America, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia. Through its company-owned and franchise locations, Merry Maids has more than 8,000 home cleaning professionals who service homes on four continents, including more than 200,000 homes in North America every month. Merry Maids is a business unit of Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Go to for more information about Merry Maids or follow us at and Merry Maids is the Official Home Cleaning Provider of Minor League Baseball™.

About ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 8,000 company-owned locations and franchise and license agreements. The company’s portfolio of well-recognized brands includes AmeriSpec (home inspections), Furniture Medic (cabinet and furniture repair), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration), Terminix (residential termite and pest control) and Terminix Commercial (commercial termite and pest control). The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to for more information or follow the company at or


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