I laughed when one of you emailed recently and mentioned hosting two events in the same day (one at noon and one in the evening) in order to get the most benefit out of having worked so hard to clean the house.
That is so me! When I know I have something scheduled that will motivate me to deep clean, I start volunteering to host all sorts of other stuff. I might as well have six parties if I’m going to clean for one!
It’s always so much easier to clean up from one party when I know I have another one coming! But parties are out-of-the-everyday so they produce out-of-the-ordinary messes. I despise those difficult messes that feel like they’re just . . . too . . . much. Since I get easily overwhelmed, I tend to assume the carpet/tablecloth/side-table is forever ruined. (Yes. I’m overly dramatic, too.)
Evite (you know the ones who make party invitations ever-so-easy?), has teamed up with Clorox® Clean-up® Cleaner + Bleach and shared solutions to their top five party messes over on their website.
Here’s my personal favorite:
Candle wax drip on a tablecloth: Don’t fear for Grandma’s linens. Once the wax hardens, scrape off very gently with a butter knife. Put a few layers of paper towels or plain paper grocery bags without ink on them on top of the drip on the tablecloth. Using low heat, iron until the wax is melted and transferred to the paper. Move the iron to a clean spot on the paper towel and repeat until the wax no longer transfers, then wash the tablecloth.
I don’t get tablecloths out often, but they do come out for parties. I’ve personally dealt with wax drips before and know that all the normal ways of cleaning fabric go out the window when it comes to wax.
They also give solutions for other overwhelming party messes such as:
- dealing with red wine spilled on a sofa
- removing stains from kitchen countertops
- cleaning mud from carpet
- treating water rings on a wood table
One of the tips involves . . . mayonnaise!! (For real!)
What unique party messes stress you out the most?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored, but the thoughts and opinions and neurotic-multiple-party-planning-issues are all mine!