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How To

How-To | Clean Spooky Stains On Upholstery & Carpet

Oct 12, 2017

When monsters come to mash they leave spooky stains in their paths. Here are some magical solutions for cleaning everything from pumpkin goo to sucker slime. Follow our special Halloween how-to.

Note, when cleaning upholstery for the first time, we always recommend testing an inconspicuous area before cleaning fully. Either use the Wash & Stain Bar or grab the Stain Solution and a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth depending on the type of stain.

Do not continue cleaning if: 
• The water or product leaves a mark or creates discoloration 
• The treated area is cleaner and brighter than the rest of the fabric 
• The fabric ripples or wrinkles

If you see any of the above reactions, stop spot treating. If the item requires further cleaning, have a professional clean the item in-home.

SWEET STAINS

Halloween treats can terrorize even the most seasoned Laundress. Not to fret. A few special potions and a wave of your wand, and you’ll scare these stains away for good. This how-to works for hard candies, chocolate, and gum, too. 

Gather These Tools:

Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths, Wash & Stain Bar (for hard candies & gum) or Stain Solution (for chocolate), Scrub Brush or Stain Brush

STEP 1:

Remove as much of the candy or gum as possible and discard.

STEP 2:

If cleaning hard candies and/or gum, wet a Wash & Stain Bar with warm water to work up a lather. Gently glide the bar over the sticky area. The sticky element will begin to lift. When it does, remove the loose clumps as you continue to work. If the mess is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied. 

If cleaning color-rich tannin stains like chocolate, apply Stain Solution directly to the stain and work into the fabric using a Scrub Brush or the Stain Brush depending on the surface you are dealing with. Let the solution sit for 5 minutes. Then, wet a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth with warm water and blot the area. Continue to repeat this process until the stain is no longer visible.

STEP 3:

Allow the area to dry or blot with a clean, dry Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth.

PUMPKIN GOO

Oh my gourd! You’ve been slimed. Follow these steps to get the goo out.

Gather These Tools:

Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths, Wash & Stain Bar, Stain Solution, Scrub Brush or Stain Brush

STEP 1:

Using a paper towel, carefully pick up as much of the pumpkin innards as possible. Be sure to avoid rubbing it in to the fabric or carpet.

STEP 2:

Rinse the Wash & Stain Bar in hot water. Create a lather and apply to the stain, gently working it into the material. If any residue remains, don’t give up! Follow by applying Stain Solution directly to the area and work into the stain using your finger, the Stain Brush, or the Scrub Brush depending on the surface.

STEP 3:

Remove soap and suds by gently blotting the area with a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Be sure to completely remove soap and suds to avoid water marks.

STEP 4:

Use a clean, dry Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth to blot the area dry.

PIZZA PAINS & SAUCE STAINS

Parties mean pizza, which means wayward sauce stains are bound to find their way into your home. Clean up with these simple steps.

Gather These Tools:

Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths, Stain Solution, Scrub Brush or Stain Brush

STEP 1:

Using a paper towel, carefully remove any cheese or sauce sitting on top of the material. Be careful not to rub the residue in.

STEP 2:

Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area. Work the solution into the fabric using your finger, the Stain Brush, or Scrub Brush depending on the surface.

STEP 3:

Wet a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth with warm water and gently blot the affected area until the stain disappears. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as necessary.

STEP 4:

When the stain is no longer visible, blot with a clean, dry Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth.

To find more stain solutions, visit our how-to guide here.

 

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