Spooky season is upon us, and that means a LOT of sweet treats all month long! Did you know that Americans buy approximately 300,000 tons of candy during the Halloween season? That’s a lot of sugar!
While it can be fun to indulge in bite-size candy bars all month long, it’s unquestionably less fun to clean up the mess from a chocolate bar that gets squished on a couch pillow or a piece of taffy that finds its way into the rug.
Whether it’s your kids, your guests, or yourself that makes the mess, here are 4 tips on how to clean Halloween candy fright:
1. Act Fast
As with almost any cleaning task, the key in cleaning up candy is acting fast before it can spread or settle. If you’re not able to fully clean the surface at the time of the accident, do what you can to get as much out of the fabric as possible quickly.
2. Use Good Ol’ Soap and Water
The magic solution of 1 part dishwashing soap to 2 parts cold water works incredibly well to get out anything from nut butters to chocolate. Mix the solution in a clean bowl and use a clean, preferably white towel to remove the mess.
3. Dab, Don’t Rub
Perhaps the biggest mistake people make when cleaning a mess out of a fabric is rubbing. While it might seem like you need to rub out the mess, the best plan of attack is actually to use your solution-soaked cloth to dab at the mess, allowing it to pick up the dirt without spreading it further or deeper into the fabric. You may find you have to do this several times for the mess to clear.
4. Consider Adding Heat
For some sticky substances, such as taffy or gum, using warm water actually goes a long way in helping to lift the mess from the fabric. This works because the warmth of the water helps to melt the substance slightly, reducing its stickiness and allowing for it to be lifted more easily. Obviously, with something like chocolate, you want to avoid any melting, if possible, to clean Halloween candy mess.
There’s no doubt that when tons of candy are involved, a mess is sure to follow. If you need help taking care of any post-Halloween disasters, or just need some assistance restoring your home to its most clean state, don’t hesitate to contact the cleaning professionals at Nashville Brighthouse. A team of reliable, thorough expert cleaners with extensive experience in cleaning all types of surfaces will happily get your home looking spotlessly clean and ready for the next big holiday!