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Cleaning gruesome stains after your Halloween party

Halloween can be messy, especially if you have kids. Thanks to the following simple cleaning methods you can remove stains from chocolate to Halloween makeup.

Whether you are celebrating Halloween at home, at a party or trick or treating your and your kid’s clothes can get stained.

Cleaning pumpkin stains

First, remove any excess pumpkin from the clothing. Apply a pre-treatment stain remover or liquid laundry detergent and let it work for at least one hour to loosen the particles. Wash as you would normally, if the stain remains then repeat the process.

Cleaning chocolate stained clothing

Use a biological liquid laundry detergent and work it into the fabric before washing as normal.

Cleaning makeup stains

Eye-shadow stains can be cleaned using shaving foam. Oil-based makeup like foundations, lipsticks, cream eye-shadows and anything with ‘long lasting’ effect can be cleaned using a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Apply a small amount directly to the stain, then wash as normal.

Cleaning face paint stains

Washing as normal should be enough to clean the colours from the clothing. You can always pre-treat the stains before washing. Oil-based face paint needs to be pre-treated before washing as normal.

Cleaning fake blood

Did you make fake blood using corn syrup and red dye? To clean fake blood stains from any surface you will need rubbing alcohol, a microfibre cloth and kitchen roll. Apply the rubbing alcohol to the staines surface or fabric and rub in circular motion. Dry the area with kitchen roll.

Cleaning food colouring stains

Food colouring is used to create many spooky and gruesome decorations for Halloween and can be tricky to remove.

Washable fabrics can be soaked overnight in warm water and washing liquid. In the morning you can wash the fabrics in the washing machine according to the care label.

Carpets or sofas can’t be washed in the washing machine so you will have to dab the area with a stain remover and then clean with water until the stain is gone.

You could always book a cleaning spot with your local cleaning company that offers one-off deep cleaning services.

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