Huddle up for game day cleaning

Even if you aren’t a football fan, hosting a Super Bowl party is a great excuse to get together with friends and family. Plus, this will most likely be the least fussy party you will host all year.

When preparing for the party, evaluate what needs to be done and make a list of the places you need to clean and items you need to prepare. When cleaning, start at your entry way and work your way though to rooms your guests will be in. Make sure to clear out closets for your company to hang their coats, if you live in a cold environment. Pay special attention to high traffic areas like in front of your television, where your food will be located and the bathroom. Leave places like bedrooms for a later day to free up time for other party priorities.

In the viewing area, arrange the seating so everyone can see the TV.  If seating is lacking and you need to utilize the floor, run your floor steam cleaner with the carpet tray attachment over it. Not only will this kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria that are living on your floor, it will also rejuvenate the look and feel of your carpet. Some of your guests may be in the 10% more interested in the Puppy Bowl than the Super Bowl so have a designated area where non football fans can gather. Randomly place napkins and paper towels next to couches, chairs and tables for those bursts of excitement that may knock over drinks or plates of food. If this happens, here is a green recipe to help clean up the spot: Mix t tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with the solution and blot until liquid is absorbed. Remember to test a part of the surface first before using the solution all over.

Once you begin to clean your kitchen, clear off your counters to make room for all the delicious foods that everyone will pig out on. Then use your portable handheld steamer to kill bacteria that could be lurking, such as e-coli and salmonella. When selecting food items try to keep it simple, serve finger foods like chips and dip, veggie or cheese trays and deli sandwiches. Set up a buffet so your friends do not have to sit at the table to eat their snacks. Even consider having a potluck where your guests bring their favorite foods to share, this gives a larger variety and cuts down on your prep time and cost. To make for easy clean up after the game, try using paper products.  Make sure they’re sturdy though -you don’t want any surprises from leaky plates! Have a marker or sticky name tags near cups so nobody picks up the wrong one by mistake. Place trash cans in multiple areas to eliminate the amount of clean up you have to do once everyone leaves. Use your handheld steamer to sanitize and deodorize the container before moving them to their designated areas.

Last but not least, we need to move to the bathroom. Did you know that the toilet is flushed more times during the Super Bowl halftime than at any time during the year? Yeah, I know it’s hard to believe but it’s true! Since your bathroom is going to be used quite frequently, you might want to spend a little extra time cleaning it. Check out our blog “Tips for one of the biggest cleaning headaches – bathrooms” for some great cleaning tips.

Now that you are all cleaned up and prepared for your party, sit back, relax and enjoy some football!

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