Tackle 5 Common Super Bowl Party Stains

Minimize your after-party clean-up by tackling these stains fast.Minimize your after-party clean-up by tackling these stains fast.

Cleaning will probably be the last thing on your mind this Sunday, but keep these tips handy in case you spill on your lucky jersey.

1. Buffalo Wing Sauce
Simply mix a little hand dishwashing soap with cool water and sponge the solution onto the stain with a white cloth. While continuing to watch the game, blot the stain until it disappears. Then sponge with cold water and let dry.

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2. Beer
Spill beer on your Seahawks or Broncos jersey after your team scores a touchdown? Just grab an ice cube from the freezer or cooler and wrap it in a napkin or paper towel. Then press the "ice pack" onto the stain. Later, apply laundry stain remover to the area and wash as normal.

3. BBQ Sauce
Place a layer of paper towels over the stain. While working from the inside of the fabric, flush the stain with cold water to transfer some of the barbecue sauce to the towel. After the half-time show, pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent to break up the stain. Let sit for several minutes, then rinse well. Sponge the stain with white vinegar and rinse again. Pretreat a second time and wash. Do the same for salsa.

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4. Nacho Cheese
Don't worry about jumping up and missing any commercials, just wipe up the cheese with a napkin. When you get the chance, soak the stain using a laundry product containing enzymes for at least 30 minutes. Then wash as usual.

5. Cream Dip
If dip winds up on the carpet, first scrape off the excess with the back of a spoon or the dull side of a knife. Then sprinkle baking soda onto the stain and let it sit until the end of the game, and then vacuum.

As a precaution, be sure to keep a carpet-stain remover nearby, just in case someone fumbles his or her plate onto your floor or couch. Try one of our top performing carpet stain removers.

- By Christina Peterson, Good Housekeeping Research Institute

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