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Holiday party prep guide

Christmas clean & care

Simplify your holiday preparations: Our guide offers practical suggestions to make pre- and post-party duties go smoothly.
Andrew McCaul

Floor care

Spills are part of life. But with the right tools on hand, they don't have to bring the party to a screeching halt. Try these products designed for different messes.

Double-duty vacuum

Electrolux's Pronto cordless stick vacuum cleaner can tackle any surface--hardwood floors, carpeting, or area rugs--and carries a detachable hand vac right on board for small cleanups. Its battery takes just 20 minutes to fully charge.

Quickest fix

CarpetFlick is the latest gadget from Swiffer. Just attach the double-sided cleaning cartridge to the base and quickly move back and forth over carpet. Dust and hair sticks to the bottom, while heavier debris is flipped inside and trapped.

Deep cleaning--anywhere

Hoover's SteamVac Duo combines the features of an upright with an easy-to-use portable machine. With the handle up, cleaning your entire carpet is fast work. Use the Powered Hand Tool for corners, stairs, and other out-of-the-way places.

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