Halloween Stain Tips

Halloween can be a messy time of the year, full of sticky sweets, face painting and even the odd spot of fake blood. These can be disastrous for clothing and soft furnishings but our cleaning experts are on hand with their stain removal tips to keep your home clean this Halloween.

Hair Raising 

If you’re using hair spray or hair gel to keep your monstrous hairstyle in place, be careful not to get it on any furnishings or garments. If you do, scrape any remaining product off with a blunt knife and lightly dampen the affected area with a sponge and warm water. Gently dab (never rub) at the mark and then wash as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Monster Make-up

  • If any make-up transfers on to your clothing, we recommend using a gentle make-up remover to remove the stain.
  • Avoid oil-based make-up removers as these could leave behind a greasy mark.
  • If the colour hasn’t changed after 10 minutes, use a soft cloth to lightly dampen the stain with water, followed by a small amount of make-up remover.
  • Dab with a dry paper towel until no more make-up transfers. Wash as per manufacturer’s instructions. If the stain still hasn’t been removed, repeat the process again.
  • Always test a patch of fabric to check that you won’t damage the material. To do this, dab a small amount of make-up remover on an area of fabric that isn’t visible, such as the seam of a sofa cushion or the inside of a garment.

Face Paint

Face paint is the best way to complete your scary Halloween look… but it can be difficult to remove from clothing, upholstery or worst case scenario, your carpet.

Always use cold water rather than hot when cleaning, as hot water can cause the stain to penetrate deeper into the material. Rinse the area with cool water, apply a small amount of laundry detergent and dab with a soft damp cloth until no more colour transfers. Allow to dry naturally or wash as per manufacturer’s instructions if possible.


Sticky sweets can be a nightmare to remove from carpets and upholstery. Try to remove spillages quickly before they stick to the floor or sofa. Blot the mark with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid and to stop the stain from spreading.

Mix some soap flakes and cold water and dab the stain with a clean white cloth. Never rub as this will make it worse and could leave a stain.

Pumpkin Problems

Carving pumpkins can be fun but extremely messy. Should you get any on your clothing or soft furnishings, it can easily be removed. Remove any pumpkin seeds or flesh from the surface and rinse under cold water. Then apply a small amount of laundry detergent and dab with a soft damp cloth. Rinse in cold water again. Wash as per manufacturer’s instructions.

Fizzy Drinks

Cleaning up any spillages as quickly as possible will lessen the chances of staining. If someone spills a fizzy drink, rinse the affected area well with cold water. The mix a small amount of washing powder with warm water and dab the mark with a towel. Rinse again with cold water to prevent further staining.

Fake Blood

Fake blood often contains a lot of dyes which can permanently stain light materials.

It’s best to keep a stubborn stain damp (but not wet) for several hours with a damp towel. If necessary, place a clean white cloth under a heavy book wrapped in cling film to apply pressure to the stain. The more pressure, the more chance you have of lifting the stain.

ServiceMaster Clean technicians will advise on what stains can be removed using their professional equipment.