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Football is a messy sport. The players are rowdy as are their fans. Combine them with some snacks and drinks in your home and the odds of a sloppy huddle increase, especially as the season unfolds and each game means more than the last.

Football food is, typically, messy food. Buffalo wings, potato salad, cheese puffs, hot dogs smothered in chili, seven-layer taco dip with a rainbow of tastes – and potential stains – are routine. For the hosts, scrubbing up after such a bash is also routine.

We at The Maids think tackling a party with a game-day plan will help. Our calls:

  • Use paper products for easier clean-up.  Place several garbage cans throughout the house for disposal.
  • Keep a recycling bin within guests’ reach for bottles and cans.
  • Messy fingers have a tendency to roam at will: Place moist towelettes near finger-foods.
  • Large crowds and flames do not mix.  Put away all candles.  Leave a bowl of potpourri or a scented jelly jar out to refresh the air — especially in the bathroom.
  • Invest in machine-washable slipcovers for your sofas and chairs.  They make cleaning easier, and the slipcover is easier and less expensive to replace than your upholstery.
  • To remove unwelcome odors, such as beer, from washable items like tablecloths and slipcovers, rinse items with one cup of vinegar in the washing machine and launder as usual.

Football is a team sport. Too often, party prep and clean-up is not. Approaching the big party as a household team will go a long way and allow everyone to enjoy themselves. It’s your house. Write your own playbook.

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