Make the most of your Christmas table. Picture: Pexels
Christmas is when we pop on our nicest outfits and make sure the house is clean and tidy for a whole day of celebration.

The main event will be the dinner, and many people go to town by making sure their table looks beautifully festive.

However this doesn't have to be a chore, as cleaning experts at Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) have come up with their top tips for how to make sure your table looks truly magical on the big day.

From the best way to get glassware gleaming to a full-proof method for banishing water marks, these are the essential cleaning hacks to use ahead of Christmas Day.

Banish water rings 

It's the perfect time of year to light those candles that have been gathering dust on shelves for the rest of the year, but the wax can drip down onto your festive table and mark it.

The best way to clean it up, according to GHI, is first to make sure it is hard before you remove it. You can put ice cubes or frozen peas in a teatowel and hold it above the wax to harden it in a hurry.

Then simply chip away at the wax with a plastic spatula, or even with your fingernails, before buffing the area left behind with furniture polish.

Protect your table 

A tablecloth sometimes isn't enough to protect your table from gravy spills and anything else on Christmas Day.

Try putting heat protectors underneath each plate, or even double up the cloth with another lightweight blanket underneath.

If you're stretched for space on your table, cut down on the festive trinkets and plate up in the kitchen rather than letting your family help themselves. 

Get glassware gleaming 

The best way to make sure your glassware gleams on Christmas Day is to soak them overnight in neat white vinegar, according to GHI.

The experts say you should then rinse them in cold water.

Avoid putting them in the dishwater once they've been used, and instead wash by hand before drying immediately to keep them sparkling all year round. 

Make silverware sparkle 

Special silver polishing cloths may seem like an unnecessary extra spend but GHI says they are the best way to make silverware really sparkle if it only needs a dusting.

If your silverware is tarnished, though, use a cream polish to get it sparkling again. Just apply, allow to dry, and then buff off with a soft dry cloth.