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How to Remove Egg from Your Home’s Exterior

Halloween is the time of year for the goblins and ghouls (and naughty neighborhood children) to cause trouble. Unfortunately, this includes acts of vandalism like throwing raw eggs at people, cars and houses. Not only is raw, often dried-on egg difficult to remove from siding, the egg white can also deteriorate some types of house paint. The best course of action is to remove the egg as soon as possible. Here are a few tips from to help you remove egg from your house.

Fresh Egg (still wet)

If you can get to the egg while it’s still wet, this will be the easiest time to remove it.

  1. Fill a bucket with warm water. Make sure the water is only warm, not hot, as hot water can actually cook the egg to the wall surface and make it more difficult to remove.
  2. Gently wipe the egged area, making sure not to rub the egg into the surface of the wall. Also, be sure to rinse your cloth or sponge often to prevent spreading the egg to more area.
  3. Closely examine the area several feet around where the egg hit, as there can often be splatter residue. Clean any affected areas.
  4. Finally, thoroughly rinse the entire area with a hose.

Dried Egg

The surface of your exterior walls will determine how easily or difficult it will be to remove dried-on egg.

  1. If your exterior walls are smooth or non-porous, first try washing the affected area with warm water using a cloth or sponge. This may be enough to remove the dried-on egg.
  2. If your exterior walls are textured or porous, try using a cleanser or degreaser with a high alkaline base, such as CleanFreak Degreaser, CleanFreak Eliminator Cleaner/Degreaser for concentrates, or Bright Solutions RTU Cegreaser for a ready-to-use product. Since eggs have a protein structure, a high alkalized based cleanser will break down the proteins in the egg for easier removal. (NOTE: Remember to always test cleaners in a small, inconspicuous area before treating.)
  3. If the cloth or sponge isn’t removing the egg residue, use a scrub pad or brush dipped in the cleaning solution to scrub the affected area.
  4. Rinse area with clean water. For especially dried on egg, it may take several rounds of scrubbing and rinsing to remove the residue.

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