The morning after the night before, November 1st, when Halloween pranks are revealed along with the mess left behind. Broken eggs on cars and house siding, toilet paper in trees, soaped up windows and shaving cream sprayed everywhere. When Halloween pranks clean up time arrives November 1st, these tips will help make clean up quick and easy.
How to Clean Broken Eggs off Cars and House Siding
The Halloween prank of drive-by egging can leave cars and house siding a scrambled, yellow mess and clean up begins with a water hose.
Hose the scrambled egg mess off the cars first as both yolks and whites of eggs corrode painted surfaces. Don’t rub the car’s painted surface, the egg shells will scratch the paint, just spray with a water hose until all the sticky mess (and egg shells) are removed, then wash the car with an protein-based (enzyme) soap and water to remove the last of the scrambled egg mess.
Blast the eggs off the house siding with the water hose or pressure washer until all egg traces are removed. Spot wash any dried-on egg residue with a protein-based (enzyme) soap and soft bristle brush, then rinse.
How to Remove Toilet Paper from Trees
Clean up this Halloween prank before it rains or it could last until Christmas. Remove long toilet paper streamers from trees with a long, light-weight object such as a yard stick or broom. After the long streamers are removed, wrap duct tape (sticky side out) around the end of the yard stick or broom to capture and remove the small pieces of toilet paper that remain in the tree. If the Halloween prank involved balls of wet toilet paper that landed in trees, a broom is usually the best cleaning tool to use to knock the toilet paper balls out of trees.
How to Clean Soaped-up Windows
The good side of this Halloween prank is the soap lather will clean the windows. Rinse the soaped-up windows with a water hose and use a soft bristle brush or non-abrasive scrub pad to remove the stubborn soap spots.
How to Clean Shaving Cream Off Car, Sidewalk, etc.
The Halloween pranksters left behind mounds of white shaving cream that need to be cleaned up, how sweet. Use the water hose to melt and remove hardened foam shaving cream from cars and blot up any shaving cream residue with paper towels or micro fiber cloth, then wash the car as normal. Blast mounds of dried shaving cream off the sidewalk, steps, etc. with the water hose or sweep them away with them away with a broom.
Aerosol String Needs Cleaned-Up ASAP
Gooey aerosol string will stiffen and adhere like glue to surfaces when it dries and needs to cleaned up before it has the chance to dry. Hose off as much of the aerosol string as possible, then use Q-Tips to remove any stuck on residue. Resist the urge to pick off dried bit of aerosol string with fingernails from painted surfaces like cars or outdoor furniture because it might scratch the finish.
We can’t stop Halloween pranks from happening, but these tips will make clean-up a little easier.