The Sooner the Better
Post-Halloween cleanup ranks among the more unpleasant chores of home ownership, but it must be done promptly to prevent lasting damage. Here are the most popular prank ingredients and the easiest ways to remove them.
Eggs are No Yolk
Eggs can corrode painted surfaces within hours, especially in warmer temperatures. First carefully pick off the egg shells. Next, hose off as much of the egg as possible. For stubborn stuck-on egg, cover with a paper towel soaked in a 50/50 warm water and vinegar solution and let sit before wiping off.
No Piece of Pie
Smashed pumpkin shells and guts on your sidewalk or driveway can be a slick, slippery mess. Pick up the large pieces, then hose down sidewalks and driveways before the pumpkin guts harden and make it even more difficult to clean them up.
Handle with Care
Spray string can also be very damaging to the paint on cars. The string hardens and adheres to the painted surface. Don’t use your finger nail to pick off the string because your car's paint may come off with it. First, hose off as much of the string as possible. Then use a cotton ball or cotton swab to lift off any remaining string.
Dents & Dings
You may be able to hammer your dented and crushed garbage cans and mailbox back into shape, or this might be time to consider new ones. Plastic garbage cans on wheels are more durable and easier to manage. Plastic mailboxes resist denting, while a brick housing for your mailbox provides additional protection from the most aggressive goblins.
Outsmart the Tricksters
There's nothing quite like waking up to find toilet paper cascading from your trees, eggs dripping down your windows, your jack-o’-lantern smashed on your sidewalk, and your mailbox and garbage cans dented, dinged and deposited down the street. This year, take the following precautions to put any Halloween tricksters right out of business before damage is done.
Nowhere to Hide
Leave floodlights and interior lights on bright settings to discourage mischief-makers. If it looks like you're home, you're less likely to be a target of tricks. Consider motion lights that light up when people get near the home. This can alert you when egg throwers are approaching your house, and help keep you safe all year long.
Out of Harm's Reach
Store garbage cans inside to prevent damage. For extra security from Halloween mischief, make sure cars, bikes and other objects are indoors as well. After your trick-or-treat traffic has ended for the evening, bring your jack-o’-lantern inside to thwart late-night vandals.