Spooked by the idea of cleaning up after Halloween?  Your kids (and some of the grownups, too) had a great time dressing up in costumes and eating sweets, but now you’re faced with the horrifying task of removing those stains from your carpets and upholstery. Don’t fret, we’ve got some quick tips to help you get rid of those spooky stains and let your furniture survive:

Quick and Surefire Ways to Remove Spooky Stains

  1. Lipstick and makeup

StainCarefully scrape off any solids, making sure not to rub the stain in.  Using isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a white paper towel, blot at the spot gently and you should see the colour transferring to the towel.  Apply diluted lanolin-free and bleach-free dish-washing detergent on any remaining stain and keep blotting.  Spray the area with water to rinse the solution, blot then let dry.

  1. Candy

Use a butter knife to scrape up the sticky candy.  Apply the diluted dish-washing detergent solution on the carpet fibres and blot gently with a white paper towel.  If the stain is not completely gone, moisten the stained area with white vinegar and blot some more.  Rinse the area by spraying with water and then blot and allow to dry.

  1. Chocolate Stain

Remove any chocolate pieces by scraping with a spoon or butter knife.  Apply either diluted detergent solution or a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water.  Lightly blot the area using a white paper towel until the stain comes off.  Squirt some water on the area to rinse it, blot and let dry.

  1. Gum

Chewing gum will be easier to remove when it hardens.  Rub an ice cube on the gum to freeze it and carefully chip off the hardened gum.  Blot the area with diluted dish-washing detergent to get rid of stains and then rinse by spraying with water.  Lastly, blot to eliminate moisture and allow to dry.

  1. Candle wax

Candle wax, like chewing gum, can be removed when hardened by freezing with an ice cube.  To remove excess wax, place clean paper towels over the stain and then run a warm iron over it.  The wax should transfer to the cloth.  Keep replacing the towels and using the iron until all the wax disappears.

Image by  Philip Dean