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The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Spooky Halloween Stains

The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Spooky Halloween Stains

October is here and Halloween is right around the corner. Even if you love this time of year, everyone knows that Halloween tricks and treats often come with messes. From candy spills, costume mishaps, and tracked in footprints from all of your little ghosts and goblins, your carpets go through a lot this time of year. That's why we compiled a list of the worst Halloween messes and how to tackle them.


Chocolate

We love chocolate all year round, but especially during the month of October. With around 90 million pounds of chocolate sold during Halloween week alone, it's no wonder it often ends up melted on our carpets. If you find yourself with a chocolate stain don't panic, and follow these steps.

  1. If the chocolate is still soft, chill it with an ice cube or wait for it to harden. This makes it easier to remove without spreading the stain.

  2. Once the chocolate has hardened, use a butter knife to gently scrape off as much as you can. Scrape gently to avoid smearing the chocolate.

  3. Remove all of the chipped-off chocolate and vacuum the area.

  4. Cover the area with a few paper towels and get out your iron and turn it to low heat.

  5. Slowly move the iron over the paper towels. Don't turn up the heat or leave it on one spot for too long. (This method might seem scary, but it helps to lift the chocolate from the carpet by making it stick to the paper towel).

  6. Replace the paper towels frequently until it doesn't pick up any more chocolate.

  7. Mix ¼ teaspoon of dish soap or laundry detergent with a cup of room temperature water and apply to the stain with a clean cloth (working from the outside in).

  8. If the stain still remains, repeat the process.


Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is one of our favorite Halloween traditions - but it can get messy. If you somehow end up with pumpkin guts all over your carpet we've got you covered.

  1. Grab a spoon and scrape away as much of the pumpkin as possible.

  2. In a bowl, mix together warm water and liquid dish soap.

  3. Use a white cloth dipped in the water and soap mixture to blot the stain

  4. Continue blotting the stain. As the pumpkin is transferred to the rag, use different sections of the cloth so you don't spread the stain.

  5. When the stain begins to dissolve grab a dry cloth to absorb the cleaning solution.

  6. Rinse the area with water and blot the area until the soap is removed from the carpet.

  7. Grab a stack of books and place them on top of some paper towels over the wet spot. The weight will help to press all of the water out of the carpet into the paper towels.

  8. After an hour or two remove the paper towels and allow the spot to dry completely.

Candle Wax

Fall candles are a must for the season. The warm smells of a holiday candle can cozy up any home, and set the mood for a spooky Halloween season. Whether you have a mishap with a candle-lit seance or an accident with your pumpkin spice candle, we have the solution for you.

  1. As soon as you notice the wax stain, place a plastic bag of ice or ice pack on top of the spot.

  2. Once the wax is hardened (wait about 10 minutes) use a butter knife to start scraping off as much wax as you can.

  3. Vacuum up the pieces that you scraped off.

  4. Cover the area with a few paper towels and get out your iron and turn it to low heat.

  5. Slowly move the iron over the paper towels. Don't turn up the heat or leave it on one spot for too long.

  6. Once the towel starts absorbing the wax, move to a clean portion of the towel until all of the wax is gone.

  7. If the wax was colored, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and gently dab the stain until the stain is removed.

Hard Candy

Hard candy can seem more durable than easily meltable treats like chocolate. But, just like chocolate, in the excitement of Halloween, hard candy can melt into the fibers of your carpet and become difficult to remove. In a candy emergency, here's what you can do:

  1. Apply a bag of ice or ice pack to the spot to freeze the candy.

  2. Using a butter knife, scrape away excess residue.

  3. Mix together two cups of water and ½ teaspoon of dish soap.

  4. Use a clean white cloth to dab the mixture onto the stain.

  5. Press the cloth over the stain and hold for 30 seconds.

  6. Blot at the stain with a dry cloth.

  7. If you can still see the stain, grab a new cloth and blot the stain with white vinegar.

  8. Dry the area with a clean cloth.


Fake Blood

Many costumes aren't complete without the addition of fake blood. For every little vampire's messes, here's how to remove fake blood from the carpet so your guests don't wonder about the stains on the floor.

  1. Remove as much of the make-up as possible. Using a white paper towel, gently blot the stain.

  2. Use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol on a white towel and continue to blot the stain.

  3. Continue blotting with the alcohol until all of the stains are removed.

  4. If the stain still isn't coming up, try using a small amount of dish soap diluted with warm water. Blot at the stain moving in one direction.

  5. Use a dry area to blot the wet area until it is completely dry.

If you have a Halloween stain that just won't come out, a professional cleaning service may be required. If you find yourself in that situation, call Zerorez®. We specialize in stain removal and, since we don't clean with soap or detergents, you won't have to deal with post-cleaning-service crunchy carpet.


Zerorez® can save you a carpet scare this Halloween. Call now!