In a little less than a month – on Sunday, February 5, 2017 – all of America will be keeping score during the big game between the winners of the AFC and NFC. As you finalize your guest list, and browse Pinterest for game day snack ideas, it’s also a good idea to think ahead to an endeavor that includes an array of activities including carpet cleaning and protection as well as furniture arrangement.
Well Before Kick Off
Don’t wait until the Friday or Saturday before Game Day to ensure your home is ready to receive guests. In addition to vacuuming, mopping, and dusting, don’t forget to have your carpets and upholstered furniture professionally steamed cleaned and protected. The Saturday before the game, disinfect the remote control, vacuum the speakers, and ever so gently dust your television screen using a microfiber cloth until you no longer see any dust or smudges. You can also save this for Sunday morning.
Rearrange the Furniture
Since your guest’s attention will be focused on the television, you may want to consider arranging your furniture in a semicircle facing the screen, so that no one’s view is hampered. You may also want to consider temporarily relocating anything breakable, such as family heirlooms and personal collectibles, so guests can move freely without fear of knocking something over. Not enough seating? Place some over-sized cushions on the floor so floor sitters will be comfortable.
Prevent Stains from Setting In
High quality stain protection is a game changer…seriously! Odds are that someone is going to spill something during the excitement of a touchdown. Protectants and deodorizers, when professionally applied will protect your carpet and upholstery by resisting spills, therefore preventing stains and odors from setting in and ruining your game day fun.
Tackle Game Day Stains
Wing Sauce: Dilute one tablespoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and apply to the stain (saturating it). Using a clean non-patterned cloth, blot – never scrub – 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 or cheese sauce 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 barbecue sauce from the 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 to force the stain away; then when most of it is 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.