Halloween: how to clean up after the big party?

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October 17, 2022

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Halloween how to clean up

Spooky spots after Halloween? “Trick or treat” and house parties usually result in a big mess. Whether among adults or with your children’s friends, dealing with fake blood, cobwebs, candles, pumpkins —you name it!— is not an easy house cleaning task.

Throwing a house party involves countless hours of preparations. But, at least twice as many hours to clean everything up. Today, AVS Carpet & Floorcare is giving you some practical tips that will help you remove stains from floors and couches if the one you just threw was a big Halloween party.

Removing fake blood

Fake blood gets fixed in the garments once it is dried and is very difficult to remove. The secret here is to treat it immediately with very cold water. If you do it in a few minutes, running water and then a normal washing will be enough to remove it.

If you notice a blood stain, you can try removing it with hydrogen peroxide diluted in very cold water or, for delicate fabrics that might be ruined by hydrogen peroxide, make a mixture of water and salt to rub in gently.

Cleaning up makeup

Halloween parties are great! But, as the children rolled from pillow to pillow dressed as zombies, removing the stain from a couch that got dirty is not easy. Here is how to treat stains depending on your sofa material type:

  • Leather sofa: leather is easy to clean. But, for difficult stains, a leather milk conditioner and cleaner for furniture can be very helpful. 
  • Fabric sofa: when it comes to cleaning, fabric can be a nightmare. Using liquid soap diluted in warm water will do. Once dry, brush with a medium-soft bristle.
  • Removable sofa cover: If you are among the lucky ones with a removable sofa cover, use warm water and ether to pre-treat and proceed with a regular machine wash.

Getting candle wax off

To create the right zombie atmosphere, you have littered the house with candles. Now, there is wax everywhere. Get yourself with a spoon, iron or hair dryer and paper. Here is what you will do depending on the material:

  • Vinyl Flooring: soak the spot with hot water. Wipe away the wax with a dry cloth. Repeat until the wax has been removed. Then, apply a touch of multipurpose remover.
  • Carpet: Scrape off excess wax. Lay a damp, lint-free white cloth over the wax and apply medium heat with an iron; the wax will adhere to the cloth. Use rubbing alcohol to remove residue. Or freeze the wax with an ice pack. Then, shatter the frozen clump with a blunt object, like the handle of a kitchen utensil. Vacuum up the pieces before they soften.

To remove any stains left by the colored wax, use dish soap or degreaser.

On the AVS Carpet Cleaning blog you will continue to receive cleaning tips and tricks on how to clean your home, just as if it were our own. And if you are interested in daily, weekly, monthly Residential Cleaning Services in San Diego, CA, feel free to contact us.

Hope to see you!

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