It’s that time of year again when we all love an excuse to have a Halloween party full of fun. However, occasionally this can become a messy affair caused by toothy pumpkin ghouls, sticky toffee apples, fizzy drinks, bowls of sweets and cakes, face painting or even fake blood!!!
If an accident occurs on your upholstery or floors then use our guide to deal with this effectively and prevent long lasting stains.
Ghoulish Halloween Face Paints
Black face paint on your upholstery and carpets may cause alarm. Keep calm and try the following: Firstly, always use cold or cool water (to prevent further penetration of the paint) and dab, never rub, with a clean cloth. If this does not remove the stain test some laundry detergent on a small hidden area of your upholstery or carpet to ensure it does not bleach the colour.
Once satisfied it will not cause damage, apply a small amount with a damp cloth and dab until no more colour transfers. If you have removable covers then clean as per manufacturer’s instructions, otherwise allow the area to dry naturally.
Sticky treats & toffee apples
Ensure you remove the sticky treat / toffee apple dropped onto the carpet or upholstery as quickly as possible before it sticks.
After removing the bulk, blot the remaining stain with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid and prevent the stain from spreading.
Mix some soap flakes and cool water (test on a patch) and dab the stain (do not rub) with a clean cloth until the colour has transferred.
If you drop some pumpkin flesh whilst carving out your Halloween tooth ghoul first remove any pumpkin seeds or flesh from the surface. Next rinse with cool water. Then apply a small amount of laundry detergent (test a patch first) and dab with a soft damp cloth. Wash as per manufacturer’s instructions or allow to dry naturally.
Clean up any spillages as quickly as possible to lessen the chances of staining. In the case of fizzy drinks, rinse the affected area well with cold water. Then mix a small amount of washing powder with warm water and dab the mark with a towel. Rinse again with cold water to prevent further staining.
Fake blood often contains dyes which can permanently stain light materials.
It’s best to keep a stubborn stain damp (but not wet) for several hours with a damp towel. If necessary, place a clean white cloth under a heavy book wrapped in cling film to apply pressure to the stain. The more pressure, the more chance you have of lifting the stain.
Still have a stain….
If a stain is still showing contact ServiceMaster Clean Devon for further advice on 0800 018 5550.
And we can advise what stains can be removed using our professional equipment.