Halloween, one of the most favorite festivals for kids, is filled with fun, fantasy, magic, and merriment. The tradition of Halloween has been passed on to us from generation to generation. But guess what is the most horrible and dreaded part? Cleaning up the house after a Halloween party.
From candy to pumpkin, during, and after a spooky costume party, it’s more like a horror movie. Take a preemptive approach to some tips to come out of this danger zone.
Tips to Clean Your Home After a Halloween Party
Effectively clean up the pumpkin remains all over the carpet and get rid of sticky candies scattered across the floor. Here are some tricks to do it!
Cleaning up pumpkin residues
After hearing the word Halloween, the first thing that comes into the mind is “jack-o-lantern”. The beautifully carved pumpkins. No doubt about its creative artwork but you will find plenty of pumpkin innards spilling over the table or onto the floor. To which can attract rats, bugs, and pests. You can clean them up by laying down some newspaper to minimize the mess and scrape off the remains with a spoon. Use a mild spray to wipe out the remaining stains.
Paint, grease, and makeup
Costumes and makeup are part of Halloween parties. The makeup is generally oil-based and those stains are some of the worst stains to deal with. These stubborn stains on carpets and sofas need a powerful spot-remover, the mixture of a teaspoon of detergent in a half cup of warm water.
Followed by dipping a clean cloth into the solution and blotting the stain with it. Remember, do not rub it. If the stain is on the wall, spray some degreaser on it and let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it down
To be honest, no one wants to talk about vomiting during Halloween parties, but it’s like an uninvited guest, and one needs to have a contingency plan for it. This is something that can happen with massive amounts of candy and Jell-O shots.
The best way to clean this mess is to spill an instant absorbent that will turn any liquid mess into a solid for easy disposal. Another option is to use a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner or alcohol to eliminate any residual stains and to deal with any odors.
Fake blood and chocolate stains
Along with makeup, fake blood stains and chocolate stains are some of the toughest stains to get rid of. Most fake blood products these days are made of corn syrup and red dye which can be removed by gently dabbing with a rag or a kitchen towel. Applying rubbing alcohol onto the affected area should also do the trick.
Don’t let the stain stay for a longer period or if the stain has dried already than a strong spot remover is needed to remove the excess. When it comes to chocolate stains, scrape the excess chocolate without grinding the stain deeper into the fabric. Then, depending on the fabric, apply an appropriate stain remover, and wash.
If it’s just on the floor, your regular spray degreaser or cleaner should prove strong enough to remove it. You can call professional cleaning services for carpet shampoo and stain removal if you need any help to refresh your carpet.
Sticky or crushed candy
No Halloween party is complete without candies and lots of sugary treats! After everyone has left, half-eaten hard candies, crushed caramels, and other sticky mess will be the only ones left. Part of cleaning the house after a party is getting rid of all things sticky!
Don’t scrape and scrub it. Try soaking a rag in hot water then apply it to the sticky mess as if it was a compress. If there are some color stains due to the candies try using alcohol on it. Once the stain has almost disappeared and melted candy persists, try this mixture! Mix one-third teaspoon of vinegar and two-thirds of water. Blot the mixture into the area before scraping off any remains.
Cleaning the house after a party is no easy task. Especially if you are doing it alone. Professional cleaners can make your home look as good as new again. If you are looking for cleaning services after any kind of a mess after a part, give us a call at 0800 786 780.