Halloween messes

How to Clean Halloween Messes

Store shelves are overflowing with giant bags of fun-sized candy bars, the year’s best costumes, and pumpkins in a wide variety of sizes – Halloween time must be here. Celebrated annually on October 31st, Halloween wasn’t always synonymous with trick-or-treating and jack-o’-lanterns, though.

Its origins can be traced to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”) when, according to History, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Also included in the festivities was the celebration of the end of the harvest.

Over the last 2,000 years, various legends and traditions were woven together to ultimately create a day in which Americans are now expected to spend a total of $8.8 billion on costumes, candy, and decorations. That is according to the National Retail Federation. Not calculated in these projections is the expense of cleaning up Halloween messes.

Common Halloween Messes


Today, 80% of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available during October, which is especially great for pumpkin carving. Creating jack-o’-lanterns requires removing the pumpkin’s rind, guts, and seeds – all of which can stain your carpet if dropped. Prevent stains and make cleanup easier by either laying newspaper down or moving the activity outdoors. The current forecast for October 30th – the average pumpkin carving day – is 73˚F; perfect weather for Halloween fun!


Halloween makeup, colored hairspray, and special effects product stains are often the most frightening of them all. These products are just waiting to strike your clothing, upholstery, or carpet. You can use antibacterial wipes to remove marks on hard surfaces such as your tile counter tops or flooring. However, carpet and upholstery stains require different cleaning methods, depending on the product. Contacting a professional carpet cleaning company, like T.A.C.T Elite Cleaning Services, is recommended.

Treat Hauls

Chocolate, hard candies, and sticks filled with sugar are in a league of their own when it comes to Halloween messes. Most households will not only have to contend with their princesses or superhero’s candy loot but, if too much was purchased, a surplus. A lot of candy that can melt or stick to your carpet or upholstery. Much like with cosmetics, there are different cleaning methods for candy, depending on the type. Again, contacting a pro is recommended for treating candy stains.

Tricks for Cleaning Halloween Messes

Carpet stains are often the scariest part of Halloween. Read on for tricks on cleaning up stains resulting from pumpkin, special effects makeup, and melted or sticky candy.

Trick #1: Start by picking or scraping up any loose gunk.

Trick #2: Using a spray bottle filled with two parts dish detergent and five parts cold water, liberally moisten the area, then gently blot with a non-patterned white towel (paper or cloth). Repeat as often as needed.

Trick #3: Contact a professional carpet cleaning company, like T.A.C.T Elite Cleaning Services, to combat persistent stains. A professional can apply optional stain protection to prevent future holiday messes from causing a frightening scene.

T.A.C.T Elite Cleaning Services uses state-of-the-art, truck-mounted equipment, along with specialized tools to provide Valley residents and businesses with a revolutionary three-step cleaning process. This unique process uses a non-toxic cleaning agent that is safe for children and pets. No soil-attracting residue is left behind either. Contact us today at (602) 633-2015 for more information about these or other services.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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