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Top 3 Halloween stain removal situations

Halloween is traditionally a time of year when all the ghouls and goblins come out to play. It’s the day when hordes of trick-or-treaters flood the streets, knocking on door after door looking for chocolate bars, gummi bears and other sugary delights.

That’s not all October 31 is known for, though. Halloween is more than just the annual fright-fest that sends a chill down one’s spine – it’s also a day of parties. And parties have a way of being coupled with stains, typically making the first of November a time for stain removal.

If you’re planning on joining in the festivities – or even if you’re just ready for the onslaught of trick-or-treaters you’re going to get – you’ll likely end up having to deal with the following stains.

1. Pumpkin

A well-placed pumpkin is exactly the kind of addition to your decor that can give your home that spooky touch – as well as notify your neighbours that you’re getting into the mood of the day.

However, pumpkin also has the potential to leave a nasty stain on your stone patio, whether due to being left out too long or due to the careless treatment of a jack o’lantern. Pumpkin is an organic stain, for which the Marble Institute of America (MIA) suggests the use of 12 per cent hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, or even baking soda. Remember, though, to get on top of the stain as quickly as possible once you’ve noticed it.

2. Candy and chocolate

Regardless of whether you’re throwing a supernatural shindig at your place or just loading up on treats to give to the wandering neighbourhood children, there’s the potential for stains to get on your natural stone.

A melted chocolate bar could leave an unsightly stain on certain light-colored marble surfaces, while non-chocolate candy tends to contain dyes that will sully your stone. According to Arkansas Stone Repair, one of Dry-Treat’s Accredited Applicators, chocolate can be removed with cold water and detergent, but dyes are not so simple. You’ll need to use a solution of water with HANAFINN Oxy-Klenza™ to remove that kind of stain.

3. Blood

Alright, we admit it – this kind of stain is not so likely to happen on the typical Halloween. Still, it is a day of eerie events, wickedness and things that go bump in the night – and what’s more spine-tingling than dealing with a bloodstain on your natural stone?

According to Arkansas Stone Repair, blood can be removed relatively easily while it’s still fresh with some cold water, a mild detergent, and then a 50 per cent solution of ammonia water that is left to sit and then gently scrubbed over.

However, because it has salt and proteins, if it dries it can be harder to remove. That’s why, if you want to get your place looking less like the Munsters’ and more like the Bradys’, Dry-Treat’s Oxy-Klenza will again be your surest option.

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