Don’t let Halloween cleaning become a fright-fest!
It is unfortunately (or fortunately if you love this holiday) that time of year again. Yes, Halloween is again upon us and if you have youngsters or are hosting a party, it can also mean the dreaded cleaning up of the house – and the clothes.
After weeks of picking the costumes and making last minute changes comes the smashed pumpkins, chocolate stains, spilled alcohol marks, and, of course, glitter!
Here at Clean Sweep, we want to make the Halloween clean up less of a nightmare and more of a dream. Just follow our simple tricks and your house or office will be back to normal in no time!
If you are cleaning chocolate off fabric then you should: scrape of excess chocolate, use a prewash stain remover and then pop it in the washing machine.
For sofas, again scrape off the excess chocolate, mix a tablespoon of fairy liquid (or the equivalent) with two cups of cold water, then, using a white cloth, dab the solution on the stain and do this until the liquid is absorbed. You may need to repeat this a few times until it disappears.
Carpets have a nasty ability to show any stains no matter what and chocolate is no different. Scrape off the excess chocolate, mix a tablespoon of fairy liquid (or the equivalent) with two cups of WARM water and dab until the stain disappears. Now sponge with cold water and pat dry with a clean white cloth.
There will always be someone who will spill red wine on your nice cream carpet – an incident that will undoubtedly put your stomach in knots. Here is how to get rid of red wine and other alcohol stains.
Spraying white wine straight onto a red wine spill can be very effective at removing the stain before it sets but, of course, you must then blot the stain with a clean cloth afterwards. If pouring yet more alcohol on your carpet seems a little excessive, however, an alternative is salt. Pour enough salt onto the stain to cover it and then wait for the salt to absorb the wine. Repeat this until the salt stops soaking up the wine. Wait for it to try and simply hoover it up.
Fresh beer is less of a problem – just wash it immediately if it is on clothes. If the stain is on carpet, soak up as much of it up as possible with paper towels or an absorbent cloth. Then remove the stain with a teaspoon of washing powder and warm water, soak and blot dry. If the beer stain has dried, soak the fabric in a solution of warm water and washing powder before washing.
Glitter is the staple of most Halloween costumes and parties. Although it looks great at the time, in the harsh light of day, it can be another Halloween nightmare!
Start simple. Hovering can clear it up, but expect to be hovering over the same area as the edges of glitter make it really sticky.
If it is confined to a small area, wrap some masking tape around your hand, sticky side out. Then start to pat the glitter with your hand. This should cause the glitter to stick to the tape and solve the problem. Don’t try this on tiled floors though – sweeping or hovering will work just fine.
With food stains, the key is to remove as much of the food before treating the stain. More often than not, food gets trodden into the carpet, so try to pick out the pieces first. Use a butter knife or tweezers as they can remove the food without pushing it further into the fibres.
Mix together one tablespoon of fairy liquid (or the equivalent) with two cups of cool water and dab the mix onto the stain with a clean white cloth. Continue this until the liquid is absorbed and blot dry.
The simple answer to avoiding this Halloween nightmare is simply to not allow its use in the house. It can sometimes mean a call to a professional cleaner depending on the furniture and how bad the stain is. Check what cleaning solutions can be used on the furniture and if it is safe, use a stain removal product with a white, clean cloth and dab the stain away.
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