How To Clean Up After A Big Event

Monday 20th February 2023

Ellen Warren

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After COVID-19 restrictions eased in 2021, 48% of consumers expected to spend their money going to in-person events and experiences. The number of events is increasing, but the last thing on your mind will be the clean-up. However, it's a very important factor in the planning process.

At ICE Cleaning, we offer event cleaning services to cater to events from music festivals to birthday parties. Our technicians can create a bespoke plan of action for before, during and after your event. The products and tools we use will provide full protection against bacteria and viruses for up to 28 days.

Read further to find out how to clean up after a big event.

Why is event clean-up important?

Guests will often forget to discard their waste properly during a big event. Once they all disperse, it is common to see the ground completely covered in the things that end up in landfill.

Around 1.89kg of waste is produced by the average guest, and combined with more than 100 attendees there will be a lot of work after the event.

Venues produce a lot of waste, with some of the most common being:

  • Disposable plastic utensils
  • Plastic cups and bottles
  • Plastic food packaging
  • Food waste
  • Cigarettes

Not only is the waste unsightly, but it can quickly become a safety hazard if not dealt with immediately. Food waste can attract pests such as rats, birds or insects. Cigarettes that have not been properly extinguished can also become a fire risk.

You can reduce the amount of waste and a guest’s carbon footprint with green event venues, and sustainable event products. However, an event clean-up service will still be needed.

The importance of a clean-up plan

Although the aftermath may be at the forefront of your mind, cleaning before and during is just as important. COVID-19 may still be a concern for some, and your guests will expect you to maintain the proper health and safety guidelines before they arrive.

It is crucial to create a cleaning plan before your event to give you plenty of time to coordinate the rest of the event. However, you shouldn’t try to tackle this by yourself and it’s important to consider hiring specialist cleaning services.

When you have a plan of action with a professional cleaning company, you can focus on the other important aspects that make a good event. You can leave the daunting tasks to the experts and have a clean venue for your guests.

How to clean up after a big event

The task of planning a big clean can be intimidating, which is why it's important to get started right away. There are several things you can do to make the aftermath easier to deal with:

  • Encourage your guests to use the bins
  • Have an event cleaning leader
  • Make sure bins are available (including in toilets and kitchens).
  • Include the outside in your plan of action
  • Have staff to ensure cleanliness throughout

Hiring an event cleaning company can give you some peace of mind when it comes to the end of the event. By creating a plan of action with the cleaning service, you can make sure the entire venue is covered for the entirety of the day.

Why you should hire a professional cleaning service

By letting an expert event cleaning service take over, you don’t have to worry about overloading staff during the event. You may be understaffed, and have the incorrect equipment for a thorough clean-up.

Daily cleaners also do not have access to specialist tools and cleaning products that event cleaning companies do. These experts can ensure the entire venue is sanitised including outdoor areas such as the car park.

By hiring a cleaning service, you will maintain your positive reputation and become a brand that everyone can trust and recommend, too. If you consider the eco-friendly companies, you will be doing your part for the environment.

Get in touch

At ICE Cleaning, we create a plan of action suited to you to ensure you meet all hygiene standards for an event. We will provide our services throughout the day, and also use eco-friendly products for the most sustainable solution.

By hiring our event cleaning services, you will receive our ICE SHIELD decontamination solution at no extra cost. We have provided event clean-up services for a range of prestigious events including the Cartier Queen’s Cup and we are West Ham United's official contractor. 

Our services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Call us on 0208 066 0360 or email us at for a free, no obligation quote today.

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