I’d love to say we are, but so far our chief costume maker (Cassidy) may or may not even have his Halloween costume yet. Des is being a well-known superhero, as you’ll see. Scarlet is going to be something adorable and related to her favorite animal, but that’s a spoiler! I have ordered two costumes, because we have more than one Halloween event coming up, and I’m not positive the #1 choice will work out. If not, my backup plan is actually Scarlet’s favorite animal, so how about that? Matchy-matchy! I can’t wait to share our Halloween photos! What’s one thing that happens during and after Halloween around here? If you guessed Halloween stains, you’re right.
My 10 Best Halloween Cleaning Tips for Halloween Stains:
Are you a candle enthusiast too? There’s a lot of coming and going on Halloween, and candle wax can spill on upholstery or furniture. What to do? Put a paper towel over the wax, and then turn a blow dryer on high and move it back and forth across the paper towel. The towel should absorb the hot wax, as the heat melts it! Also, be careful on heat sensitive fabrics, like olefin.
What is Halloween without fun makeup? And while it’s wonderful for completing a costume’s look – especially last minute – it’s messy too! If you drop lipstick on any couch or rug, you can scrape off excess lipstick with a dull object, like a spoon. Then apply a dry solvent and blot with a white cotton towel. Remember that this may take multiple attempts. Lastly, rinse with water and blot until dry.
And Powdered Blush and Bronzer!
If you need to remove powdered blush or bronzer stains from upholstery, vacuum the area. And then be patient and remove as much as possible with the vacuum. If you have residual staining, you can try removing it by dabbing the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent. Then blot with a white cotton towel. Make sure you don’t use a water-based detergent on the spill, which can spread the product and make it much more difficult to remove. And if all of this doesn’t work, contact a professional upholstery cleaner.
We have a lot of that in our household. Make sure to thoroughly vacuum the area with glitter, and then pick up remaining glitter with a lint roller or with play dough. Isn’t that a neat trick?
Candy Messes and Stains!
Kids love candy. Heck, parents do – especially Cassidy! Does your candy stick to the couch too? You can use a spoon to break up loose candy from the surface. Then apply a mixture of diluted liquid detergent with water, and rinse and blot with a white cotton towel and clean water. As for chocolate, scrape off as much as possible with a spoon or dull knife, and then begin to blot using a white cotton towel with a mixture of warm water and clear liquid detergent. Blot thoroughly with another clean white cotton towel and cold water, once the stain begins to lift.
Oh boy, the pumpkin guts. The pumpkin recipes. Pumpkin everything! If you get a pumpkin stain on the carpet or upholstery, use a dull object to pick up any excess, like pumpkin seeds or rind. And then, blot the area with a white cotton towel dipped in a mixture of warm water and clear liquid detergent. And then once that’s been completed, you can blot again with a dry, clean cloth this time.
Scarlet especially loves that holiday nail polish, but it stains! So what you do is apply a non-acetone based nail polish remover with a cotton swab, and gently agitate. Then, blot with a white cotton cloth.
While rare in this house, it still can be a problem! You can remove as much of it as possible with a dull knife or spatula. And then apply dry-cleaning solvent to remove remaining traces.
For this popular Halloween staple, use a cotton cloth to remove excess paint on the carpet. Then you can blot it with a diluted detergent solution. This should dissolve the paint into the towel, and then you’ll want to use a dry cloth to soak up any leftover paint residue. And then repeat until it’s completely gone!
Oh, the horrors of fake blood! Not only does it look real, and it really does, it’s a mess! Whether store-bought or homemade, cleaning it up can be messy. So start by scraping up any excess fake blood with a dull object. Combine a mixture of warm water and clear liquid detergent, and carefully blot the blood with a clean white cotton cloth. Finish it up by using a clean and dry cloth to gently blot again and remove leftover blood.
Don’t miss this chance to win a 12-gallon Shop-Vac courtesy of Rainbow International! Tell them about a frightening Halloween mess you’ve encountered for a chance to win! This can be anything from smashed pumpkins to a cooking/craft Pinterest fail! The link to the contest is here. And make sure you tell me one of your Halloween mess stories in the comments!