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Post-halloween Party Cleaning: 8 Tips and Tricks That Work Like Magic

Post-halloween Party Cleaning: 8 Tips and Tricks That Work Like Magic
October 19, 2023

Halloween tends to be one of the biggest party blowouts for adults who indulge their inner ghouls and goblins. However, the nature of the celebration may present some unusual cleaning situations that can use a little magic to help make the mess disappear.

Post-halloween Party Cleaning: 8 Tips and Tricks That Work Like Magic

Whether you’re hosting a bevy of kids wired on sugar after trick-or-treating, or entertaining some less-than-sober adults, here we share eight magical tips and tricks from our expert maid service in Toronto to make short work of those haunting messes.

1. Stir up some witchy cleaning potions

Sometimes, a simple homemade cleaning solution is the magic potion we all need. Before your guests arrive, fill a spray bottle with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. This will be the magic cleaning potion you need to tackle most of the Halloween party messes your guests conjure up. 

Then, make a second potion using a third cup of vinegar and two-thirds cup of water to tackle stains. Choose a corner of your kitchen to store your cleaning brews, along with:

  • Clean cloths
  • A scrub brush
  • Baking soda
  • A butter knife
  • A lint-removal brush or tape
  • A handheld vacuum

Keeping all the tools you need to tackle any mess close at hand will help you make all those unsightly spills and stains disappear, just like magic. 

2. Makeup messes

Halloween makeup can pose a real problem, whether you drop the makeup when getting ready or guests smear it on your furniture. All those intense makeup colours can quickly stain sofas, pillows, curtains, carpets, and chairs before you can say abracadabra. It’s the oily content of makeup that makes it even more challenging. 

Use your butter knife to scrape up thick globs of makeup. Add the baking soda to the stain to absorb the grease for about 20 minutes, then vacuum the residue. 

Use your cleaning potion to blot the stain, and then rinse the spot with a damp cloth. While performing each step, avoid rubbing too hard, as pressure pushes the oils and dyes deeper into the fabric.  

3. Sticky situations

Halloween is all about sudden jump scares, and nothing is scarier than discovering sticky messes on your prized area rug or expensive furniture. The sugar and glucose content in various candies can make removing the mess challenging, especially when intense dyes are involved. 

To help handle those sticky situations, your dish soap and warm water mix works best. 

Begin by blotting at the stain with a clean cloth soaked in the mixture. This will help remove the sticky gloop. Then, move on to a more robust cleaner, using your water and vinegar potion. 

The vinegar helps remove the remaining tackiness and also breaks down the dyes. Stuff like candy and taffy won’t come off without a little extra help. Apply ice to the surface to harden it, then scrape it with your butter knife.

4. All that glitters

Glitter spills can be challenging, but using your vacuum’s hose attachment usually removes the loose bits quickly. A ball of tape or a lint roller should remove the rest of the pieces.

5. Smashed pumpkins

Your jack-o’-lantern will start to rot the moment you cut out that first eye hole! If you put your pumpkins on the balcony or outside your door, once your guests leave, blow out that candle and toss your pumpkin in your organics bin. 

If you’re like most people and forget about it, that bright orange can leach out of the pumpkin, and the decomposition will lead to bacteria and stinky, mouldy messes

We suggest wearing gloves to pick up the solid pieces and place them in your compost. Then, use a shovel or large spoon to scoop up the guts before hosing down the entire area. If there is residue left behind, use a scrub brush and warm, soapy water.

6. Cocktail tips, spills, and dribbles

Witchy cocktails often have distinct food dyes and rich coloured liqueurs that are likely to stain in the case of spills. Whether it’s spilled red wine or vampire-inspired potables, fast action is the best way to prevent stains. 

Dab at spills with a clean cloth to absorb the dampness, but avoid pushing it deeper into the surface. Then, it’s back to that mix of detergent and warm water to remove the stain. 

Don’t rub, as this will cause fabrics to pill.  

7. Candle mishaps

Wax spills are bound to happen at Halloween parties, where overhead lights are considered taboo. Avoid candle mishaps using larger candle holders that will catch wax before it can make a mess. Then, if wax drips, it is best to let it harden before removing it. 

For wood furniture, you can gently remove it with non-metal utensils or a credit card. Any wax left behind will have to be heated with a hairdryer and wiped up with your soapy concoction. 

You’ll need some powerful magic to tackle carpet and upholstery wax drips. Using a paper bag or piece of paper laid over the wax, run a warm iron on its lowest setting over the paper to melt the wax. The wax usually adheres to the paper, so you can lift it away. Repeat until all the wax is removed.  

Sometimes, cold works better than heat, using the method mentioned in tip #3. Applying ice to harden the wax can often make it more brittle, so you can whack it and then remove the broken pieces. Any remaining wax will probably then respond well to the heat method.

8. Call a magical maid service in Toronto

If someone puts a spell on you that makes it impossible to get out of bed the next morning, summon a magical maid service in Toronto to tackle your post-party cleaning instead. 

With a wave of their duster and a sweep of their witches’ broom, they will get your home back to its original state and you won’t have to lift a finger. 

For more information about the maid service that Toronto trusts, summon up the experts at Maid4Condos. You can call us at 647-822-0601 or contact us online.

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