Lynsey Queen of Clean reveals the one thing we forget to clean after Christmas

This is motivating us to get things spick and span

We asked Lynsey Crombie, AKA the Queen of Clean, for her top tips for cleaning after Christmas. She revealed the one thing we forget to clean post-Christmas: our dining chairs.

Cleaning and tidying after the festive period is daunting but armed with the best cleaning products, a good playlist, and Lynsey's tips, we'll be halfway there.

The one thing we forget to clean after Christmas

'Clean up dining chairs,' says Lynsey. 'They would have had extra bums and sticky fingers over Christmas.'

She says your best dining chairs, whether they’re fabric or leather, can always be vacuumed. The cleaning queen recommends using a crevice tool, £4 at Amazon, for getting right down into the sides, picking up any crumbs or other bits and pieces.

'If they’re leather, use warm soapy water and a thick microfibre cloth to wash them. Buff dry. Then, once a month, use a leather cleaning product on them just to keep the leather nice and soft and looking lovely,' she adds.

dining table with christmas wreath on chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Caroline Barber)

If your chairs are fabric, you can give them a light steam. 'If you can use a steam cleaner, this is great as it lifts dirt and breaks down any odours,' Lynsey tells us.

Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover with Cleaning applicator | £3.50 at Amazon

Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover with Cleaning applicator | £3.50 at Amazon

This carpet stain remover can be used on upholstery, rugs and in the car. Definitely worth having on hand for any red wine spills over the festive period.

'If you can’t get your hands on a steam cleaner, use the Dr Beckmann product which is an upholstery cleaner and has a brush head – it’s really effective.' She suggests turning your dining chairs upside down, cleaning the legs, and cleaning the foot of them.

'Somehow these do actually get quite dirty!' she adds. Take off any removable covers and give them a wash too.

dining room with table and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC)

On any wooden surfaces, use a Marigold Let It Shine microfibre cloth, at Amazon, and warm water to kill germs. If there are any tougher marks from food, try using a normal surface cleaner to help get them to budge.

If you've had a busy Christmas and have done lots of hosting, the chances are your dining area is in need of a good bit of care and cleaning. Follow Lynsey Queen of Clean on Instagram at @Lynsey_QueenofClean for more cleaning tips.

Now it's time to tackle those dining chairs.

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.