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Watching football should be the only stress at your Big Game party

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - - The teams are set, you've invited your friends and now it's time to get the rest of the home ready for the Big Game!

You love having people over, but getting everything ready can be overwhelming - and then there is the post-party clean-up! And what would a football party be without a few fumbles?

News 2 enlisted the help of Andrea Bessone, Operations Manager of  Two Maids & A Mop of Nashville for a few Big Game party tips.

Possessions

Protect your prized possessions. The last thing you want is for a tipsy neighbor to bump into your china cabinet and break the irreplaceable platter you inherited from your grandmother.

"Before guests arrive, clear away any fragile or irreplaceable items that could break, said Andrea Bessone. "Stash them in either a closet or on high shelves."

Trash Talking

Talkin’ trash and football go hand-in-hand, but no one wants to see your pile of beer cans, wine bottles and paper plates.

"Garbage accumulates quickly during a party," said Bessone. "Be prepared ahead of time by either double or triple lining trash cans, so you already have a clean bag in place when a full bag is removed."

Foul

Be on guard for party fouls, like your buddy slinging his beer mug around as he roots on his team. Keep microfiber cloths and paper towels nearby, so you can react quickly to spills and other accidents.

Overtime!

The game may be over, but you will be working overtime to clean up the mess. We've got you covered when it comes to removing that baked on, stuck on food.

Sack

Or rather, before you can 'hit the sack!' It's late and you are ready to collapse. If you leave a few things in the sink have no fear. Two words... cold water.

Cold water is magical! Nothing is more frustrating than trying to scrape food that has been caked onto a plate.

When faced with food stained dishes, use cold water first. Hot water can “cook” the food onto surfaces, making them even harder to scrub.

Preventing Injuries

Watch those elbows! We don't want anyone to attempt power scrubbing those caked on, baked on messes that happened while you were engrossed in the 2nd quarter. 

Our experts say DON'T waste your muscle power trying to scrub - DO add a few drops of liquid dish soap and an inch of water. Bring this to a boil, remove the pot or pan from the heat and let it cool. Empty and wash in hot soapy water and the burned-on food will disappear.

Post Game

You were caught up in the game and didn't notice some dropped balls - we're talking cheese balls here.

1. Removing Stains in Fabric

We've got a secret sauce that can dissolve mysterious stains in fabric.

Dab it with a teaspoon of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little cream of tartar or white (non-whitening) toothpaste and rub with a soft cloth. The spot should fade away.

2. Wash away water rings

Wash away water rings. The party’s over and you spot a sea of glasses on furniture around your house. Under almost every glass is an ugly water ring. You can use a few unlikely products to try and make the rings disappear.

Mayonnaise: an oldie but goody. Wipe full-fat mayo on a ring, leave it on for about an hour, then buff with a clean, microfiber cloth.

Olive oil and salt: Mix a teaspoon of salt with a few drops of olive oil, rub the ring until it is gone.

3. Scuffs and marks on the floors

Your party rocked but just look at your floors. The celebration is over and you look down to find scuff marks across your beautiful hardwoods. Guess what? An easy fix could be next to your tennis racket.

Use a tennis ball to get rid of scuff marks on many hard-surface floors.

4. Wine disasters

Use a special recipe for a red wine disaster. It’s a mess that a wet cloth will not fix. Set out a bottle of vinegar and/or liquid handwashing soap just in case your cousin trips while walking to the kitchen for a refill and splashes cabernet all over your favorite rug.

Blot up as much of the wine as possible. Use plain water or mix 1 tablespoon of liquid handwashing soap and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups warm water. Use a clean white cloth to “sponge” the stain with plain water. Apply slowly, blot frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.

SCORE!

The party is over. You scored big time with friends and family... but maybe you can get someone else to host next year! Stash away these tips just in case - the Fourth of July BBQ is not far away!

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