Are you ready for some football? This may be your first year as a football parent, or you may have spent many years watching your kids play through heat, rain, and wind. Football season arrives in communities like Lawrenceville and Johns Creek each fall along with all of its grimy equipment and dirty helmet glory. To help maintain your carpet between now and the championship game, here are a few tips to surviving football season.
Find a Place for Equipment – and Keep it There!
Preventing dirty sports equipment from entering your home is one way to limit the amount of mud and dirt making its way onto your carpet. Encourage your kids to take their football cleats off before coming inside. Football pads can be aired out in the yard to limit odors. Wipe down any plastic equipment. Leave a basket or bin in the laundry room for uniform items that can go in the washer and dryer. If you need to make space for storing football equipment and pads between games and practices, try to find a spot in your garage or mud room rather than having your kids haul everything through the carpeted areas of your home, up to their bedrooms.
Maintain Your Cleaning Schedule
In addition to kicking off the football season, fall is also the time when many families are adjusting to a back to school schedule. Homework procrastination may set it and before you know it, it’s time to leave for practice. When you’re busy driving kids to games, making meals, and helping with homework, it can be difficult to stick to your usual cleaning schedule. Rather than wait until the end of the long football season to catch up, it’s best to pencil a few pockets of cleaning time. Kids should be able to pitch in and help with chores around the house during the football season as well.
Keep Pre- and Post-Practice Meals in the Kitchen
In the height of a busy football season, you may be tempted to skip family meals and let your kids finish homework or watch TV while they eat. However, keeping family meals in the kitchen helps to maintain an important bonding time for your family as well as remove the risk of messes throughout the house. Eating together at the dinner table will also limit the amount of food spread throughout the house. Spilled liquids and foods on carpets may leave unsightly stains that are difficult to remove without professional assistance.
At Zerorez, we know how busy life can be, especially during football season. If you find yourself in need of a “time out” from cleaning, why not call today and ask about our seasonal carpet and upholstery cleaning specials.
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