Tips for Post-Super Bowl Cleaning

The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and you're probably gearing up for the big game. There are few traditions quite so time-honored as sitting around the TV with your friends and family while watching athletic exploits take shape across the big screen. Throw in some hot wings, pizza, and cold drinks, and you have yourself a recipe for a great time!

The only downside to all this revelry is the potentially post-apocalyptic state of your living room, once all is said and done. It's not uncommon to find that a fair portion of the chips, salsa or queso found its way to a rug, onto the couch, or some place other than its intended destination.

Someone's ready to watch some football.

Luckily for you, we've put together some great tips and tricks you can follow once the final touchdowns are thrown, victory speeches made, and the Lombardi trophy has been hoisted high. With these simple tips you'll have your living room back to, well, livable condition in no time!

Beer stains in your carpet:
If beer has been spilled on your carpet, you can use a simple ammonia solution to get rid of it. Use a cloth to soak up excess beer, apply some ammonia, and let it sit for a few seconds before blotting it up. Next, spray a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar onto the stain. Use warm water as a final rinse, and use a bit of baking soda to dry out any remnants of liquid. Finish things up by going over everything with a vacuum, which will pick up any remaining baking soda.

Hot wing sauce on the couch:
Use a simple mixture of water and a dash of mild detergent to get the first layer of sauce off the cushions, followed by a mixture of one part ammonia to four parts water. Blot the stain until it comes up, then rinse the area with warm water.

Muddy footprints on the rug:
If it rained on game day, the celebrations may have tracked a bit of mud onto your fine rugs. Use a bit of water mixed with detergent to loosen up any dirt, then rinse the area with warm water. Use a rag to soak up the water, and repeat the process until your rugs are back to normal.

Cheese dip on the cushions:
You'll want to mix one part ammonia with four parts water, and use that to scrub out the stain. Rinse the area with warm water, and remember to subject the offending party to sufficient amounts of shame and ridicule.

Red wine on your clothes:
If your cheers and proclamations have caused you to spill wine on yourself, a simple application of white wine can help to loosen the fibers of the fabric. Rinse the garment with warm water, apply a bit of ammonia, and rinse again.

Whether or not your team wins, these steps will have you feeling like a winner, if not a household superhero. Plus, your living room will thank you.

Posted on January 29th 2013
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