Checklists & Schedules | Nov 4, 2019, 4:00:00 PM

Post-Halloween Party Cleaning Tips

What's not to love about Halloween? If you're anything like me, you'll be thinking about when to plan your trip to the pumpkin patch, what costume you'll be wearing and (most importantly) what movies you'll be watching throughout the spooky season well before October 31st rolls around. When it's finally time to unleash the Halloween fun, there's another very important thing that we mustn't forget – the party!  If you've put your hand up to host this year's Halloween soiree, be prepared to put in a little elbow grease when the dust (glitter? fake blood?) has settled. The below tips will help to guide you along while cleaning up any aftermath of your ghoulish gathering:

Candy

Not just a delicious treat! Did you know that candy also doubles as a sticky mess of a 'decorative' item? If the candy you've left out has made its way to walls, furniture or floors, you'll need to get to it ASAP to avoid any potential stains. First, mix a dash of dish soap and a cup of warm water and blot the stain with a clean cloth. If that doesn't work, mix one-third vinegar and two-thirds warm water – blot once again and then scrape off any remains. You could also try our Natural All Purpose cleaner, which is safe and effective on all washable surfaces.

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Pumpkin

Did you leave your pumpkin to sit outside or in the window for a liiiiitle longer than it should have? (no judgement – we've all been there). You're in luck! Jack-o'-lantern guts is one of the easier Halloween messes to get rid of. Just get a spoon and scrape up as much as you can, then get out the trusty dish soap and water mixture once again and give the rest a good scrub. If the pumpkin won't budge, our Natural SuperScrub Scouring Powder makes light work of any scrubbing tasks.

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Trick or Treat!! (And they went with trick, the little scamps…)

Were you terrorized by a gang of 4-feet tall mischief makers in costume? Harrowing. When you're done laughing (come on, we were all young once), it's time to get stuck into the prank cleanup. Toilet Paper in the trees? Easy. Just wrap the end of a stick in duct tape and go to town – just do it before it rains or you're going to have some serious papier-mache on your hands. Victim of a good old-fashioned egging? Just pick up any egg-shells before hosing off cars or porches and remove any leftover residue by resting a cloth soaked in half-water, half-vinegar on the mark for 15 minutes before wiping it down with a second clean cloth. Good as new.

 

Glitter 

There's a saying about two things being certain in life – death and taxes. This is incorrect. It clearly fails to mention life's third certainty, that is, you will absolutely be finding glitter in places you never thought possible for months, years and maybe even decades after you use it. Use a vacuum to get as much of it out of the way as possible, and life hack: a ball of play dough, lint-rollers or a bundle of tape will work a charm in picking up any sparkles that won't budge from your floors. 

 

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Depending on what your guests decided to dress up as (and how they decided to behave), the list could go on and on. A roaring party can have an aftermath that isn't too dissimilar to a horror movie, and even the mellowest of Halloween parties aren't safe from a little wine spillage. But like any type of cleaning, the sooner you do it, the sooner your place will be back to its sparkling best. 

Having said that, if relaxing after a busy Halloween is more your style, our teams of professional cleaners are ready to take care of the hard work for you. Book a clean today and leave the rest up to us – we've got this!

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