We all love to taking out our holiday home decorations when the autumn leaves begin to fall. October brings jack-o-lanterns, fake cobwebs, and ghosts as far as the eye can see. However, when darkness falls on the night of October 31st, an entirely new slew of ornaments threaten to ruin the exterior of your home. Egging and toilet papering were all fun and games when we were kids but the damage that they can do to your exterior paint, windows and landscaping will last far longer than just an evening of trickery. Reacting swiftly and efficiently is the best way to make sure you keep your home exterior free of unsightly stains and damage.
Here are three tips to keep your home prepared and protected in case Halloween pranksters set their marks on your home this year.
Egging on Paint
If the egg has dried, this process will take a bit more attention. Wet the wall, as listed above, and apply a non-bleach detergent or stronger all-purpose home cleaner for protein and fat-rich substances. Leave the cleaning product on the egg for a while, as directed in the manufacturer’s notes, and use a soft-scrubbing brush to begin lifting protein-rich matter from the paint. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
If the stain is on brick, concrete, or roof shingles, the egg may not come out as easily with liquid detergents. Mix your non-bleach detergent with water and talc until the formula becomes a paste. Apply the tough spot with paste, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for an hour. Rinse and scrub. Prolonged exposure to the detergent might increase your chances of removing the stain.
Silly string may be a lot of harmless fun for kids, but it is no silly clean-up process. The most urgent factor in making sure this product doesn’t stain your home is: do not let it dry. Peel the wet silly string from the surface of your home and wash gently with a damp rag and dish soap. If the silly string has dried by the time you notice this tyrant, try a power washer or a high pressure hose nozzle to avoid using harsher solvents.
Unfortunately, the nature of silly string is that it quite often leaves immovable stains. If you haven’t gotten to the stain in time, you might need to repaint a patch.
Pick up the phone and call Apex Exteriors, Inc. at 847-531-8960 to come to your home and consult the damage reparation. We are happy to fix any spooky mischief that may fall upon your home this October 31st.