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How to prepare for a Spooktacular Hallow-clean

While Halloween can be a fun time of the year – whether you’re trick or treating, hosting a party of your own or carving a pumpkin – its aftermath can be messy. It’s always wise to consider the cleaning process in advance, and in this post we have highlighted some handy tricks…

EGGS ON HOUSES AND CARS? 

Unfortunately, one of the least fun aspects of Halloween (for adults, that is!), is the cleaning up of thrown eggs on houses and cars.

The best way to clean up such mess on the house is to use a strong alkaline cleaner and warm water. It is extremely important that HOT water is avoided, as high temperatures will congeal the egg’s proteins, making it even stickier. Scrub the area gently with alkaline cleaner and warm water as soon as possible.

If your car is the target, use a detergent (neutral-pH) and a microfiber car cleaning cloth. Be sure to avoid using harsh cleaning cloths – scrubbing sponges, for example – or detergents as this will damage the car’s top coat. First, thoroughly hose the area below the egg, and gently hose the egg off the car. Then, use the detergent and car cloth while adding slight pressure to fully remove the stain, followed by rinsing and drying.

SILLY STRING

Silly string can be very difficult to clean, especially in abundance. Most will be removed with a simple soap and water solution, but you can then eliminate further residue with a cotton ball or swab.

LIPSTICK AND OIL-BASED HALLOWEEN MAKEUP 

Face painting is the perfect way to spook up a Halloween outfit, with popular options being white ghoulish paint and fake blood, or striking green wrinkly witch skin. However, such paint can cause stubborn stains if they fleck on to unintended surfaces. Luckily, there is a simple process to follow to remove stubborn lipstick and oil-based makeup stains.

First, dab a small amount of makeup remover or rubbing alcohol onto the affected area. Carefully work the solution into the area with a small brush or cloth, ensuring only light strokes from the edges of the stain to center. Pinching lightly in an upward motion – once you have reached the stain’s center – will help to further remove the stain. Then wait five minutes, and if the stain persists repeat the steps.

PUMPKIN STAINS

Nothing screams Halloween more than pumpkin carving! However, as fun as it can be, the slimy pumpkin pulp can create a lot of mess, staining carpets or clothing.

If the area is carpeted, firstly pick up the scattered pulp with paper towels, but be careful not to rub it into fibers. Then, blot the area with white vinegar, and sprinkle with baking soda. Be sure to leave this dry for a few hours, and finish with vacuuming. If the stains persist, use an enzyme-based stain penetrator and massage into the stain, and leave for a few hours.

If the stained area is an item of clothing, again use an enzyme-based stain remover and leave to soak. If this doesn’t work, massage in some laundry detergent. Be sure to wash the item on the safest hottest temperature.

Most importantly, Happy Halloween!