Game-Day Cleanup

game-day cleanup

This weekend, all of America will be keeping score during the big game, between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. Sports commentators will analyze every tackle, play, and rule as well as regale us with each player’s stats. Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars will entertain us during the halftime show, which at this point, is nearly as big as the game itself.

Family and friends will gather together to cheer on their favorite team, and try to predict which team will take the winning title for Super Bowl 50, while feasting on chicken wings, sliders, chips, and more. Fans…food…drinks. These are all reasons why game-day cleanup is hardly ever pretty. But you can host a killer party without spending the entire time playing defense to potential party fouls.

Before and After Game-Day Cleanup

  1. Clean the screen.

Since you’ll be taking breaks from your chip and dip to watch the game, or at least the halftime show, the last thing you want is any dust or smudges hampering your view. The day before the game, gently dust your screen with a microfiber cloth, until it provides a clear view. Using window cleaner is never recommended.

  1. Rearrange the furniture.

Since the focal point will be the TV screen, you may want to arrange your upholstered furniture, as to provide your guests with an optimal view. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider relocating anything breakable, such as family heirlooms and personal collections out of harm’s way.

  1. Stain-proof your carpets.

Stain-protection is a game changer…seriously! Chances are that someone is going to spill something during the excitement of a touchdown. Carpet protection, professionally applied, will protect your carpet and upholstery by resisting spills; thus preventing stains from setting in. It affords you more time to clean up any game-day mishaps.

  1. Professional Carpet & Tile/Grout Cleaning

This tip is for after the game. Since your floors may have taken a beating during the game, you may want to consider having your them professionally cleaned, so that they look like new – especially if you haven’t had them professionally cleaned in some time. Take the time to move your furniture for a thorough cleaning.

How To Remove Game-Day Stains

Wing Sauce: Dilute one tablespoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and apply to the stain (saturate it). Using a clean non-patterned cloth, blot – never wipe – the stain until it has disappeared. Repeat the process using cold water and then allow to dry. Repeat as necessary.

Cheese: If you happen to get cheese on your carpets or upholstery, make sure to soak it as quickly as possible, using the same technique for wing sauce removal. If the stain is relatively new, soaking it for half an hour should be sufficient, but if its older it may require more time.

Barbecue Sauce: Scrape off any excess barbeque sauce from carpet or fabric using a spoon for a fresh stain or a butter knife for an older one. Once you’ve done that, continuously apply cold water (not warm) to force the stain away, then once most of its out you can blot dishwashing liquid into it. Work your way from the outside of the stain to the middle to prevent it from spreading. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

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