If you think every day clothing and carpet stains are scary, wait until you see the tricky Halloween stains the (black) cat will drag in on October 31.
Pumpkin mush on ghostly costumes. Ghastly guests dripping party punch and red wine on themselves and your carpet pile.
These seasonal spills can turn even the sweetest Snow White hostess into a thundering headless horseman.
Save your home's carpets, your costume investment - your sanity - this year by being prepared for the ghastly spills, drips, drops, and other Halloween stains ahead.
Tricks for Treating Halloween Stains on Clothes
Jack-o'-lantern brain surgery can be messy. If you get splattered as you hack away at innocent pumpkins, be aware that time is of the essence for stain removal. Fruit sugars like pumpkin guts are pH- and time-sensitive.
Oil or wax-based make-ups have to be melted in order to be removed from
the fibers of the garment, so wash it in the warmest water possible.
Tricks for Removing Halloween Treats
Candies like chocolate and caramel, delicious though they are, are basically just fat and sugar -- just as evil on the front of your costume as they are on your hips. These tips for cleaning stains can help:
Rub a little detergent into the stained area before washing.
Use chlorine bleach or color safe bleach to finish up the job. Be careful to time the bleach right. Add the bleach during the rinse cycle, after your detergent has done its job.
Removing Halloween Carpet Stains, Splotches, and Drips
Party platters can be murder on your carpet. Ghastly party treats such as punch, pastries, deserts and dips are likely to end up on the carpet. In the meantime, here is the best way to get rid of scary stains on carpet:
Blot stain excess with a towel, or scrape away with a rounded spoon.
Apply rubbing alcohol. Agitate slightly, then rinse with warm water. Blot with a towel.
Continue to repeat the application of rubbing alcohol as long as the spill transfers to the towel. Be patient: several applications may be necessary.
Apply diluted dishwashing liquid - one teaspoon per pint of warm water. Agitate slightly.
Rinse with warm water, then blot with a towel. Repeat until the spill no longer transfers over to the towel. Continue to repeat the application of dishwashing liquid as long as there is an improvement or as long as the spill transfers to the towel. Be patient. Several applications may be necessary.
Apply white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Continue to rinse as long as foaming occurs from the detergent application.
Top with a half-inch thick layer of paper towels to dry. Weight them down with a heavy object.