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Post Super Bowl Clean-Up: Giant Stains

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Jessica
02.06.12

It’s the Monday after the Super Bowl -- a day of celebration for some and mourning for many. Sports fans nationwide are mourning their beer-battered carpet, salsa-stained  armchairs, and nacho cheese-caked couch cushions. Last night, hosting an epic Super Bowl party seemed like a great idea. Today, the cheese bits ground into your carpet make you think otherwise.

Here are a few cleaning tips to address even the most offensive spills. They’ll even work 24-hours after the foul play! The only thing we can’t fix are the bruised egos of Patriots fans.

Did you toss the plate of nachos after Jacobs made the game-winning touchdown?

If the cheese has already hardened, scrape the solid pieces off the carpet with a dull knife (a butter knife works well). Then, mix one teaspoon of a mild detergent (containing no alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water. Sponge the solution into the stain. Then, blot the area dry – do not rub! Use a spray bottle to spritz the stained area with room-temperature water. Blot the area again to remove excess moisture, and allow the stain to fully dry. If the stain persists, moisten the stained area with hydrogen peroxide. You can find it at your local drugstore for less than $1 for 16 ounces. Let the peroxide stand for a full hour then blot. Repeat until the carpet is stain-free.

Did your friend Joe use your new couch to wipe off the sauce from his BBQ wings?

First, use a dull knife to scrape off any excess sauce from the upholstery. Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one-tablespoon dishwashing liquid. Sponge the solution slowly in the stain, and then blot it until the liquid is absorbed. Use a spray bottle to rinse the stain with cold water, but only get the upholstery as wet as necessary to remove the barbeque sauce stain. Repeat these steps until the stain had disappeared.

When Manningham caught the ball, did your beer fly from your cup during a high five?

First, blot as much beer up as possible with clean paper towels. Mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar, and sponge the solution slowly into the stain. Use a spray bottle and rinse the area with cold water, then blot to remove excess moisture. Let the area fully dry, then repeat as necessary until the beer stain is gone.

As you did Cruz’s post touchdown Salsa dance, did salsa fall off your chip?

First, remove any chunks or jalapeños left behind on your carpet. Then, in a small bowl, combine two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Using a clean cloth, dab a little bit of the solution at a time onto the stained area, then blot up the excess moisture with another clean cloth. Repeat these steps until all of the stain is absorbed.

 
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