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How To Clean Up After A Super Bowl Party

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

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Super Bowl Sunday has evolved into a day-long celebration in the United States which includes prime-time commercials, musical entertainment, and feasting.

Your guests may arrive early for all the pre-game programming or stay late to debate those close calls and highlight plays.

However your day ends up going, use these tips to help you spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the day.

Cleaning Tips For Super Bowl Sunday

Cleaning your home after any party isn't just about how to deal with the mess once the guests have left. It's about preparing for the types of messes the party will create and finding ways to make cleaning up after the party as easy as possible. Because let's face it, at the end of the night, you're going to be tired and the last thing you'll have energy for is cleaning.

Here is what we recommend you do to help make the house cleaning a bit easier at the end of the night.

Use disposable plates, cups, utensils, even table linens.

Just throw away or recycle after using and avoid the dishes as much as possible. You can even find themed sets to make things more festive. They also make plastic cups and utensils that are thicker or have a nicer design if you want to give guests a premium party feel. Putting disposable table linens over areas where food will be served and eaten is super helpful. You will spend less time wiping up crumbs and minor spills. And at the end of the party, you can just throw these clothes away.

Empty the dishwasher before the party.

You may not be able to use 100% disposable dishware. Having an empty dishwasher will make it easier to put things away to clean later. Throughout the party, look for any empty dishes and serving plates and put them in the dishwasher. As the evening goes on and less food is out, it'll be a convenient signal to guests that the party is winding down.

Get to-go containers.

Have you noticed that putting away the food takes almost as long as doing the dishes! Save yourself some time and get to-go containers for your guests. Encourage everyone to take food with them when they leave. It'll be less for you to deal with later and less wasteful.

Label your trash.

Make your trash and recycling easy to see and access. Then label the bins. We prefer to use trash bins without a cover. It makes it easier for people to access and to see what goes inside. You'll know when the trash is full too. The downside is that it can be a little unsightly to have exposed trash around and it won't cover up any smells. But it's a good idea to open up the windows when you have a party anyway.

Avoid messy decorations.

Glitter, confetti, or any other hard-to-clean decorations should be avoided. If you do plan on using these types of decorations, you may want to consider rolling up your rugs. Sweeping these things may prove to be the easier way to clean them. That will largely depend on your vacuum though.

Put out lots of drink coasters.

Save time wiping up those drink rings. Give people a target to land their cold drinks on.

Hire professionals.

You can probably take care of the dishes, and trash, and even tidy up after the party. But if you really don't feel like cleaning the bigger messes or if you just want your place to feel less like a party zone and more like a home again, enlist the help of our wonderful housekeepers to get your home back to a state of zen.

More Professional Cleaning Advice

Most of us will host a Super Bowl party in our living rooms. If you'd like even more tips on how to keep this area clean all year long, check out this awesome article from Redfin: The Complete Living Room Cleaning Checklist. They've gathered advice from professional cleaning companies from all over the country and put it into this article. And yes, Spring Into Clean is one of the cleaning companies in that article.


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