They only ring the doorbell once a year. Ghosts, goblins and witches on the front porch always bring Halloween fun. You’re ready with sweet rewards for their make-believe magic journey around the neighborhood, but sometimes, treats aren’t enough to discourage tricks.
If you wake up to toilet paper in the trees or eggs on the house, do you know how to make the mess disappear?
5 Halloween Cleanup Tricks
Halloween cleaning doesn’t have to be a spooky experience. As one of Chicago’s largest home cleaning service provider, we’ve seen it all. It’s our treat to share these five tricks for getting your home back to normal.
1. Break Up Eggs Gently
Take care of smashed eggs stuck to your home’s siding from the bottom up. Wet the area below the dried egg, wait a few minutes, and then gently hose it off.
If the egg is devilishly stubborn, apply a mixture of warm water and a strong alkaline cleaner. Let it set for five or ten minutes, and then scrub with a soft bristle brush.
Power Tip: Never try to clean up an egg mess with hot water. High temperatures congeal the egg’s proteins and make it even stickier.
2. Topple TP in the Trees
This kind of prank problem eventually solves itself. Toilet paper is manufactured to dissolve once it’s exposed to water. After it hangs around for a few days, it usually disintegrates. Still, most homeowners want it down right away.
Use a power nozzle on the hose set to a tightly directed spray. Blast away at streamers in the highest branches, and work your way down. If the bunting isn’t too far up, bring it down with a leaf blower, but be careful so that you don’t just rearrange it in the tree tops.
3. Wash or Shave Soap
As long as you don’t let them set, soaped windows are easy to clean. Hose down affected areas, give the mess time to soften, and then gently scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse well, and finish by polishing with a clean cloth. This method works on shaving cream and siding too.
You can also remove soap or shaving cream from window glass with a single edge razor. Starting at the top, work the razor in a downward motion along the upper edge of the affected area. When you’re done, sweep up the soap chips, and polish the glass with window cleaner.
4. Blot Out Pumpkin Stains
Pranksters don’t cause pumpkin stains on the carpet, but it just takes one dropped Jack-o’-lantern to lay down a splatter of permanent spots. Pick up scattered pulp with paper towels, but be careful, and don’t rub it into fibers.
Blot the area with white vinegar, sprinkle with baking soda, let dry for several hours, and then vacuum. If you still have areas that appear stained, use an enzyme-based stain pre-treatment specially formulated for carpets. Carefully follow the product’s directions for use.
Power Tip: Insist that all pumpkin carving fun takes place outside the house.
5. Be Patient with Chocolate Cleanup
Removing a chocolate Halloween treat squished into the sofa can be tricky. Start by scraping it off the fabric with a dull knife or plastic spoon. Use 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent mixed with 2 cups of cold water to gently wash the area.
Change out your cleaning cloth as it becomes dirty. It can take quite a while to finally remove the stain. As a last resort, test dry-cleaning solvent on a hidden area of the sofa. If the solution doesn’t harm the fabric, apply two or three drops to the chocolate stain, and carefully blot.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Whether you’re dealing with smashed eggs, dropped pumpkins or melted chocolate, it’s important to start the cleaning process as soon as possible. Once stains begin to set on siding, carpets or upholstery, they’re very difficult to remove.
If you can’t take care of Halloween cleanup right away, ask a professional cleaning service for help.
Sometimes, pranks cross the line from nuisance to property damage. You can wash soapy windows, but spray paint defacement isn’t a DIY cleanup project. If you have to deal with this kind of problem after Halloween or any time of year, talk with a cleaning contractor who specializes in graffiti removal.
We’re Ready to Answer Your Call
We wish everyone across Chicagoland a happy Halloween and a safe night out. If you do wake up to pranks, just pull our tricks out of your hat. If you have any favorite Halloween cleaning tips, we always enjoy your input, so post them here through our Comments Section.
From candy stains on the sofa to deep house cleaning, you can depend on ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba. We’re truly the best local house cleaning company in Chicago and the suburbs, and we’re always at your service. Keep the porch lights on, enjoy the festivities, and know that we’re ready to answer your call.