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Posted by Hometalk | Oct 28, 2009

DIY Wednesday: How to Clean Up Halloween Pranks

Happy Halloween, Networx readers. Today I'd like to offer you some DIY tips for the holiday most likely to damage your house's exterior - Halloween. Eggs, shaving cream, toilet paper and silly string are substances you might find yourself scraping off your house on Sunday morning. To get you prepared, I've written up a little guide to cleaning common Halloween prank substances off your house.

If your house gets egged on Halloween: Power washing is definitely the easiest way to get eggs off your siding and windows. If you don't have a power washer, you need to wash the egg of with something that will break down its proteins. If your paint is a light color, soak the egg stain with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, so your best bet for cleaning eggs off of dark paint is to use a solution of dish detergent or laundry detergent, vinegar, and water. Clean up the egg stains as quickly as possible - newer stains are easier to remove than older ones. If the stain dries up and bakes in the sun, you might need to soften up the egg proteins. You can do this by soaking a rag in your cleaning agent of choice and holding it against the stain with a ladder.

If your house gets TP'd on Halloween: Use a tree trimmer tool to reach toilet paper stuck high in tree branches. If toilet paper gets stuck to your siding in school-bathroom-style spit-wad fashion, you can disengage it from your house without scraping your paint off by thoroughly soaking the toilet paper wads with soap and water and gently scrubbing them off with a soft-bristled brush. You may be able to just spray them off with a garden hose.

How to remove shaving cream from your property: If a shaving cream fight happens on your driveway or sidewalk, have no fear, you can clean shaving cream stains from concrete. Hot water and laundry detergent should remove shaving cream stains from concrete, and also from your siding.

How to remove silly string: The jury's out on the absolute best way to clean silly string from glass and painted surfaces. Remove it while it is wet. If it dries, I've heard that WD-40 will take it off. My guess is also that dish soap will. After oil spills in coastal areas, environmentalists use plain Dawn dish soap to clean oil off of wildlife. It could probably clean other petroleum-based messes like silly string.

Good luck. If you have any other good ideas for cleaning up after Halloween pranks, leave a comment below.

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