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carpet stain tips and tricks for Halloween

A carpet stain can be scary….

Carpet stains can be a nightmare at the best of times, but at Halloween you could be dealing with a whole ghost, ahhh I mean host, of nasty, scary looking stains. But do not be afraid, these tips and tricks will ensure your Halloween carpet stain does not haunt you for years to come. We can make stains disappear faster than a bowlful of lollies.

Tips for a Covid Safe Halloween in Melbourne

Before I get into the technical details, I would like to acknowledge that Halloween and the traditional Trick or Treat activities will be a little different this year.

It is important to remember a few key actions that have been highlighted by the Department of Heath and Human Services, to keep you and the community safe, while still allowing people to enjoy Halloween.

Key Messages

  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay at home.
  • A scary Halloween mask is not a substitute for a face covering.
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and people you don’t live with.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • Outdoors, you can catch up with a group of up to ten people
  • Traditional trick or treating where you knock on someone’s door is not permitted, however you can have candy available outside of your home e.g. hanging wrapped lollies from a tree or the fence.
  • Don’t use communal bowls for lollies or candy.
Carpet stain from pumpkin at Halloween

Pumpkin Carpet Stain

Making a Jack-O-Lantern can be a lot of hard work. It is worth the end result, however, pumpkin carving can be very messy and leave you with a scary orange carpet stain if you are not careful! If pumpkin stains your carpet, rugs or sofa bright orange, it can be a nightmare to remove.

Tricks for removing pumpkin stains

  • Begin by scraping any remnants from the pumpkin innards, off the carpet and vacuum if they are dry or remove them with a paper towel.
  • Add a few drops of liquid dish soap to a spray bottle filled with cold water and mist over the carpet stain. Absorb the moisture by gently blotting with with a white cloth. Repeat as necessary.
  • Then mist warm water over the area to lift and remove any cleaning solution left on the carpets. Blot dry.
  • If any of the stain remains, use 1 part white vinegar diluted with 3 parts cold water and mist over stain using a spray bottle. Blot dry with a clean dry cloth. (Do not use Vinegar on wool carpet)
  • Finally place a dry absorbent towel or a cloth over the wet area to absorb the remainder of the moisture in the carpet. Weigh it down with a heavy object and leave overnight.
  • If the carpet stain remains, please contact us and arrange a booking.

Make-Up & Fake Blood Stains

Makeup and Fake Blood stain removal

When removing these types of stains be careful and very gentle! Do not rub or scrub the stain. Too much enthusiasm may just result in a house of horrors!

  • First remove as much of the make-up as possible using dry paper towel and blot gently at the stain, working from the outside of the carpet stain and moving in towards the centre. If you scrub the area you will spread the make up and make the stain bigger. Be gentle so that you do not push the make up down into the carpet.
  • Pour a little isopropyl alcohol onto a cloth and blot at the stain – don’t over soak the area. Repeat as necessary.
  • If any of the stain remains, use a small amount of detergent solution diluted with warm water and blot at the stain with a clean cloth.
  • Use a spray bottle with warm water and spray the soapy area, then use a clean, dry cloth to blot the area, dry.
  • Please contact us if the stain remains
Candy carpet stain removal

Halloween sticky candy and lollies

Your little ghosts and ghouls may not bring home the usual haul of goodies from Trick or Treating this year but there is still potential for sticky carpet stains. To remove these types of stains you can try these steps;

  • Don’t try to pull hard sticky lumps of candy off the carpet as you may end up pulling out the carpet fibres. It is better to use a butter knife and gently scrape the hard residue loose.
  • For gum (or soft sticky candy), you can try freezing it with an ice cube. Put a couple of ice cubes in a zip lock plastic bag and place on top of the gum, until it hardens. Then remove the ice and gently pull the gum away from the fibres, or use a butter knife to gently scrape it off.
  • Once you have removed the candy or gum, use the same method as outlined in the pumpkin stain removal guide above.

Vomit

No I don’t mean the fake kind used as a “trick”! Unfortunately your kids may get stuck into a bit too many “treats” and deposit a real unwelcome “trick” onto the carpet. Also please keep the candy and chocolate away from your pets as it will have the same result! To remove vomit stains from your carpet please follow this guide.

Magical Carpet Stain "tricks" that will come up a "treat" this Halloween 1

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