Super Bowl fans will unite this weekend for one of the most highly anticipated matchups since 2006 when the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. This Sunday also marks one of the most popular days of the year to host a party. Super Bowl Sunday, per Hallmark Cards, represents the No. 1 at-home party event of the entire year, even beating out New Year’s Eve. What’s even more surprising? Research shows that an estimated 10 million man-hours are dedicated to preparing all food and decorations for at-home Super Bowl parties.
The thought of cleaning up after a party can be daunting, especially when factoring in 10 million hours of preparation. So rather than spending time discussing who will take home the Super Bowl LI trophy, we wanted to provide you with expert tips and tricks for making your Super Bowl Sunday clean up a breeze. Here are our top 10 hacks for a successful clean-up scheme.
1. Stock up on all-purpose cleaners, stain remover pens, wood cleaners, air fresheners and colored microfiber towels. Always keep multiple colored towels to prevent cross-contamination.
2. Invest in recyclable dishes, utensils, and tablecloths to make throwing away items as easy as possible.
3. Use disposable heated chafing dishes to serve your food. This prevents guests from using your clean microwave to heat up their food.
4. Use appropriate serving utensils for dipping bowls which prevent spills and keeps those infamous double dippers from committing a party foul.
5. Designate one trashcan for food and one for bottles. Keep them in an obvious location so that your guests have no excuse but to utilize them.
6. Leave sanitized hand wipes out on the table which also helps keep your napkin usage to a minimum.
7. Check all soap dispensers and make sure they are full. Be overly prepared.
8. Be sure your vacuum is fully functioning and has been properly cleaned out before the party.
9. Bonus. Buy some grab-and-go coasters and place them at the bar, that way guests are forced to use them and prevent any moisture stains on your furniture.
10. Remember, the clean-up starts when you start, so be prepared.