Cleaning up London

Spooky but Spotless Halloween

Ali

Halloween is a time of fright, adventure and creativity. Yet the time and effort placed on decorating our home come with a great deal of chocolate stains, pumpkin smears, shedding scarecrows and maybe even a sneaky prank. We want you to be prepared not scared for the inevitable, so you are not haunted for weeks to come. Four tips to guide you to 31st of October and beyond.

Pumpkin Panic?

Lay down newspaper under a pumpkin before you carve it for an easy clean-up. If you’ve already carved your pumpkins and you want to clean off the pumpkin guts on your clothes or upholstery get a spoon and scrape off as much of the mess as you can then mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and dab a microfibre cloth in the mixture. Work the mixture into the stain on your clothes from the outside edge to the centre to prevent spreading the stain. Blot the area with a dry cloth and repeat if necessary, until the stain is removed.

Sticky Sweet Stain?

No matter how careful we ask our children to be sweet stains such as chocolate will likely make it on your carpet or sofa. For this removal, you will need ice so be sure your freezer is stocked. Freeze the stain with an ice cube & scrape off the hardened stain with a butter knife. Use dish soap and a cloth to rub the stain in a circular motion, let it sit for a bit then rinse the area with cold water. Stain should vamoose.

Glitter Galore?

Whether it be the aftermath of a monster mash or various fairies and princesses visiting for their candy collection, your home will probably be left with an array of confetti and glitter. Although your instinct may have you reaching for the hoover; pull out a lint remover instead and roll over that dust of sparkles. No lint roller, tape is a friendly alternative.

Petty Pesky Prank?

If pranks are still pulled in your neighbourhood, and you wake up to the side of your home covered in egg goo, combine a 50-50 mix of water & white vinegar, splash or spray it on the hardened goo and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wipe it down. If it stays too long, you’ll have to worry about your paint corroding. If there are eggshells left over gently pick, then off to limit your paint chipping.

Now if you wake up to a TP (toilet paper) tree don’t go out and start pulling it down, it will double your workload. Instead, grab a trash can and lengthy garden tool. Work from top to bottom by gently unwinding the TP from the tree and lift it off with your tool. If you cannot reach with the help of the yard tool, use a leaf blower. If extra bits remain in the tree, spray them with a hose.