Sports Fans Shocked to Realize Stadium Seats Are 'Cleaned' By Flame Throwers

Sports fans are in shock after realizing stadium seats are restored using flame throwers.

Whether you're a football, baseball or even basketball fan, one thing which unites all sports lovers is sitting in hard, plastic seats to watch their favorite athletes.

The clean-up after a match is a well-known fact, as thousands of fans eating and drinking in the stands produces a considerable amount of trash, but the seats themselves need to be maintained too.

Rather than scrub each one individually, one means of returning seats to their former glory is by using fire.

A video is being shared widely on Reddit showing the incredible process, known as flame polishing.

Users ChoppyIllusion and CoppellCitizen were among those to share the 41-second clip, which has no sound, with the former captioning it: "How stadium seats are restored."

It shows a row of red chairs, in an unknown location, with one on the right a bright, vibrant shade, while one on the left has a chalky, pale color.

The person wielding the would-be weapon appears to be filming the incredible spectacle, as they turn the jet of fire on the battered-looking chair.

Rather than scorching or melting it, it begins to change color, with the bright red hue slowly becoming visible.

They work their way around the edges before filling in the back, until it matches the row that is already completed.

People admitted they had no idea seats were "cleaned" this way, as more than 2,000 people commented across the videos.

"3 down, only 36,997 to go!" Nostradumbassss joked.

Swervin87 wrote: "Are those seats made out of asbestos? I know it is completely fireproof and burning it just makes it clean."

Key-Table2369 admitted: "No I feel like an idiot, I thought it was frost and they just melted it."

While Stifflizerd added: "I thought it was some sort of protective finish that needed to be melted on so I feel like we're in the same boat."

Hl3_for_Eli said: "P***** at my guidance counselor for not letting me know a job like this existed. Now I'm stuck with stupid ass spreadsheets and Word tables when I could have been using a god damn flamethrower."

Some explained more about the process, with Ch1ldofSatan writing: "The original color is red. When wear and tear occurs it leaves smalls scratches that cloud the surface making it look pale. When the scratches are melted away there is no more cloudiness and discoloration."

While West_of_Ishigaki pointed out: "In addition to scratches, the plastic resin has become oxidized due to UV exposure (these seats probably get lots of sunshine!). Red pigment is really hard to protect, and with heavy UV exposure it turns cloudy (paint on red cars can also suffer the same problem). This torch is melting away the oxidized top layer, allowing fresh red plastic to flow across the surface."

Website Aquaflame Systems went into further detail, revealing flame polishing is widespread throughout many industries.

They said: "Aquaflames are used in a variety of Acrylic Flame Polishing applications including acrylic sign making, acrylic model making, acrylic point of sale displays and many other acrylic applications. The increased strength and safety of Perspex acrylic means it can be used in wide variety of commercial industries and professions, including: protective glass in banks, sports stadiums, restaurants and catering, flooring, aquariums, music venues, film and TV sets, trade fair stands, theatres, sound barriers."

Newsweek reached out to ChoppyIllusion and CoppellCitizen, who shared the video clip, for comment.