Tips from The Maids help make horrors disappear
Trails of crushed and gooey candy found their way onto every surface. Jack-‘o-lantern entrails are caked on the front porch. That brightly colored, neon-green witches brew seemed like a fantastic idea, but now your couches and rugs have green spots and streaks.
We’ve seen our share of messes at The Maids, and Halloween party leftovers are a category all their own.
Put on some work clothes and get started. Some of our recommendations:
Sticky Substances: Regretting those giant bowls of candy left out for party guests? Mix a teaspoon of detergent and a cup of warm water together and blot the stain with the solution and cloth. If the melted candy persists, mix one-third vinegar and two-thirds water together and blot at the area before scraping off any remains. To remove gum, use an ice cube to harden the remnants then scrape it off.
Pumpkin: Creating your own artwork on some old newspaper sounds smarter now. But what’s done is done, and now you need to pick up your jack-o’-lantern guts before they attract bugs and animals. Scrape up as much as you can with a spoon and scrub at the rest with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water.
Halloween Pranks: Victim of neighborhood Halloween mischief? Clean up toilet paper before it rains to avoid a real nightmare. Use a ladder – with someone holding it – and a stick wrapped in duct tape to reach the strands in trees. Pick up eggshells before hosing off cars or porches where hooligans left their mark. If egg residue remains stuck to surfaces, place a cloth soaked in half water, half vinegar on the area and let sit it for about 15 minutes before wiping it down with another cloth.
Glitter and Confetti: Use a vacuum to suck up as much of it as you can. Oddly enough, rolled up Play-Doh will pick up glitter or confetti that won’t come off the floors. Remember to clean up confetti as quickly as possible because it can stain hardwood and carpet.
Stain Removal: Like red wine, the more brightly colored the liquid, the more it seems to find its way onto white or lightly colored fabric. If you make festive punch or witches brew, be prepared for the consequences. Fresh stains are easiest to remove so attack them immediately. Soak up as much of the liquid as possible with cloth or paper towels. Mix one cup of warm water with a teaspoon of detergent and blot at the stain with small amounts of your solution. Do NOT rub the stain – blot at it. Once most of the stain is removed, rinse the area with a solution of three teaspoons vinegar and one cup water and continue blotting. As a last resort, try rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Test these on a hidden part of the carpet or couch because they could lighten or bleach the area.
The aftermath of a crazy Halloween can look – and feel – much like a horror movie scene. Undoing the mess is possible but spells and incantations won’t take care of it. And the sooner you get to work, the faster the mess will disappear.