Post-Halloween Clean Up Tips for Your Home
For most of us grown-ups, the scariest thing about Halloween comes after it. Yes, we’re talking about the Halloween mess that our very own quirky party ideas and little trick-or-treaters from the neighborhood leave behind. Egg yolks plastered on the front porches, toilet paper hanging from trees in your front yard, candle wax drippings on your carpet, food stains and enthusiastic make up experiments taking toll on your carpets and upholstery—and, on top of all this, the fall storm we’re having here in Arizona can make the outdoor cleaning up process a little more difficult than it already is. It’s no fun but hey—that’s a little price to pay for the fun we’ve had with friends and family, isn’t it?
If you’re still reeling from the sight of your messy house and don’t know where to begin, here are some tips to get your home back in shape.
Horrors of Egg Stains
Egg-throwing during Halloween is perhaps the nastiest addition to this annual ritual. Besides, the stink, the runny-gooey mess when hardened can leave permanent stains on your walls, siding, and upholstery.
Begin with scraping off the excess egg from the surface. Dab a solution of liquid detergent mixed with warm water on the stain using a soft nylon brush. Blot the liquid with a cotton cloth and repeat 2-3 times or until the stain disappears. Finish off with a gentle spray of water. However, there are two things you must remember:
Do not use any acidic cleaner because it will congeal the egg, making it more difficult to remove the stain.
Never use ‘hot’ water to remove egg stains since it will cook the egg causing it to stick to the surface more firmly.
Toilet Paper on Your Trees
While toilet paper will not damage your trees, they will certainly make your house look unkempt. Most often, it’s advised to remove them without letting them get wet because it makes the process so much harder. But, better be forewarned: if you haven’t removed the toilet papers already, the rains from the last few days must have left them soggy and damp and all your efforts to blow or pluck them down will go in vain.
Your solution: set a nozzle to concentrated beam and spray jets of water where the toilet paper is attached with the branches. They will fall off.
The Gift of Chewing Gums
Got chewed gum left behind on your carpets by young visitors? Apply an ice cube over the stain and wait till it hardens. Scrape off the hardened gum and blot the area clean with a dry-cleaning solvent or a regular stain remover.
Stains, Stains, and More Stains
It’s likely you’ll discover many stains long after the holiday is over. Here are some ways to get rid of them faster.
Chocolate stains: Scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible from the surface without pushing the stain deeper into the fabric. Apply a commercial stain remover and blot the surface clean with a damp cotton cloth.
Make up stains: Most commercial cleaners can remove makeup stains from carpets and upholstery. You just have to be careful that they are safe to use on these surfaces. How to you decide that? Wet a small part of a white cloth with the cleaner and hold it to the test area on your carpet or upholstery for about a minute. If the color doesn’t get transferred onto the white cloth, the cleaner is safe to use. Also, dab cleaner on the stain with light strokes instead of rubbing it on.
Candle drippings: Never remove wax when it’s hot to avoid getting burns. Let it cool and then, break it and scrape off as much as you can. Cover the area with a thick wad of newspapers and press an iron on low heat on top of the newspapers until they absorb the melted wax remnants. Repeat until all the wax is soaked up and wipe clean the remaining stain with a 1:1 mixture of Apple Cider vinegar and water.
With these easy cleaning tips, you’ll be more ready than ever to tackle not only the post-Halloween mess but any after-holiday cleaning.