How to Clean Up TP this Halloween

Unfortunately this article will not teach you how to toilet paper proof your house this Halloween, because as we all know, it happens to the best of us. Most trick-or-treaters are sweet innocent young kids who just want to ring the doorbell and get some candy, but later in the evening there will be the inevitable mischievous youth out and about. Maybe this was you at some point in your life, we wont hold it against you! We were all young once, so for the most part you just have to shrug your shoulders and chalk it up to kids having fun and being kids. As long as your home wasn't damaged in any way, really the only thing to do is get it cleaned up. The sooner you get it cleaned up, the faster the Cleveland area perpetrators will lose that sense of accomplishment since they cant drive by and show their friends the prank they were able to pull. If you do know who it was we would recommend letting them take a picture, have their laughs, and then make them pick it up to encourage taking responsibility for their actions. Or if you happen to know their parents, give them a quick ring on the phone, let them know you're not upset and have them send their kids over to pick it up. Either way, the TP will need cleaned up, so what are some of the best ways to accomplish this?

Best Ways to Clean up your Yard in Cleveland

Some people will tell you the most effective and easiest way to get toilet paper out of your trees is to light the strands of toilet paper on fire. While this might seem like a good idea in theory, your neighbors in the Cleveland area probably wouldn't appreciate your starting fires in your yard close to their homes. Likewise, it is not safe for your home either. Even though in theory the TP shouldn't catch anything else on fire, there is always a risk associated with your actions when it comes to intentional fire. There is no way to fully contain a fire like that, so we would strongly suggest you pass on this internet theory of how to remove TP. Another theory that we aren't too keen on is using a water hose to spray down the strands of toilet paper in your yard. The water tends to actually make it harder to remove if the TP doesn't fall to the ground the first time you spray it. 

If you just try just pulling down the toilet paper from your trees, the top parts will likely break off and be stuck in the uppermost parts of your trees, and obviously very hard to reach. If you can reach the tops of your trees with a broom or rake, you can simply grab them and push them off the trees with these tools or even climb up a ladder to get a better reach. If you find that this strategy is a struggle for you, or if you don't feel 100% comfortable on the top of a tall ladder, you can use another strategy. Believe it or not, leaf blowers can be used for more than just blowing around leaves. Chances are you already have your leaf blower primed and ready to go since the leaves are falling all around you in your Cleveland neighborhood this time of year. You can simply reach for that leaf blower and point it towards the strands at the top of your trees and watch that toilet paper dance in the air. Try not to shoot it over into your neighbors yard or even into other trees of yours. It might take a little maneuvering but this should do the trick!

What if they decide to use Eggs or Paint?

Hopefully your Cleveland neighborhood trouble makers decide to take it easy on you and just utilize the tried and true standard of throwing toilet paper into your trees, but what if they decide to take it a step further? Kids these days can be ruthless, using materials that could truly damage your home if they aren't careful. Bruce Schneider, a paint expert was quoted on PopularMechanics.com and he has some ideas for removing organic stains.

"Take the egg, for instance. First, Schneider recommends sponging cool water onto the front and back of the stain, allowing water to soak in and "loosen the egg." Next, gently scrub the egg with a soft nylon brush, adding as a cleaning agent a solvent-free, protein-based stain remover like Clorox Stain-Out. If that fails, Schneider recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of a mild pH-balanced detergent (nonalkaline, nonbleaching) with a cup of lukewarm water and blotting the spot. Then, mix 1 tablespoon of household ammonia with a half-cup of water and blot the spot again. Sponge it with clean water, then dry with a clean cloth. "Always test these cleaners on an inconspicuous area," Schneider says, to make sure the surface won't be further damaged when the cleaner is applied."

Back in the late 1800's some rowdy teens covered the yards and streets of Washington D.C. with flour on Halloween night. It isn't fully confirmed with the research that we did for this article, but this could one of the first forms of Halloween pranks in America. We wouldn't even know where to start when it came to cleaning up all that flour! So I guess the moral of that story is to be thankful the tricksters in Cleveland choose to use TP instead of flour.
If you think that a security system would be the best route to go to discourage or just be aware of who's in your yard, be sure to check out our article on security systems and what to look for when purchasing one!

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