They only ring the doorbell once a year. Ghosts, goblins and witches on the front porch always bring Halloween fun. You’re ready with sweet rewards for their make-believe magic journey around the neighborhood, but sometimes, treats aren’t enough to discourage tricks.
If you wake up to toilet paper in the trees or eggs on the house, do you know how to make the mess disappear?
1. BREAK UP EGGS GENTLY
Take care of smashed eggs stuck to your home’s siding from the bottom up. Wet the area below the dried egg, wait a few minutes, and then gently hose it off.
If the egg is devilishly stubborn, apply a mixture of warm water and a strong alkaline cleaner. Let it set for five or ten minutes, and then scrub with a soft bristle brush.
Power Tip: Never try to clean up an egg mess with hot water. High temperatures congeal the egg’s proteins and make it even stickier.
2. TOPPLE TP IN THE TREES
This kind of prank problem eventually solves itself. Toilet paper is manufactured to dissolve once it’s exposed to water. After it hangs around for a few days, it usually disintegrates. Still, most homeowners want it down right away.
Use a power nozzle on the hose set to a tightly directed spray. Blast away at streamers in the highest branches, and work your way down. If the bunting isn’t too far up, bring it down with a leaf blower, but be careful so that you don’t just rearrange it in the tree tops.
3. WASH OR SHAVE SOAP
As long as you don’t let them set, soaped windows are easy to clean. Hose down affected areas, give the mess time to soften, and then gently scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse well, and finish by polishing with a clean cloth. This method works on shaving cream and siding too.
You can also remove soap or shaving cream from window glass with a single edge razor. Starting at the top, work the razor in a downward motion along the upper edge of the affected area. When you’re done, sweep up the soap chips, and polish the glass with window cleaner.
4. BLOT OUT PUMPKIN STAINS
Pranksters don’t cause pumpkin stains on the carpet, but it just takes one dropped Jack-o’-lantern to lay down a splatter of permanent spots. Pick up scattered pulp with paper towels, but be careful, and don’t rub it into fibers.
Blot the area with white vinegar, sprinkle with baking soda, let dry for several hours, and then vacuum. If you still have areas that appear stained, use an enzyme-based stain pre-treatment specially formulated for carpets. Carefully follow the product’s directions for use.
Power Tip: Insist that all pumpkin carving fun takes place outside the house.
5. BE PATIENT WITH CHOCOLATE CLEANUP
Removing a chocolate Halloween treat squished into the sofa can be tricky. Start by scraping it off the fabric with a dull knife or plastic spoon. Use 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent mixed with 2 cups of cold water to gently wash the area.
Change out your cleaning cloth as it becomes dirty. It can take quite a while to finally remove the stain. As a last resort, test dry-cleaning solvent on a hidden area of the sofa. If the solution doesn’t harm the fabric, apply two or three drops to the chocolate stain, and carefully blot.