Salty gunk/white coating?

yuck! - white salty coating on my outdoor lights.
@webeishere (36353)
United States
February 6, 2009 4:14pm CST
With the warmer temps here in Minnesota (30's) I finally got around to taking down most my outdoor Holiday lights. The ones on the gutters and roofs edges are still up until the snow melts more so I can securely use a ladder to reach them. As this photo shows there's a white chalky like coating on the lights and cords. I think it could be salt residue from the salt laid on the streets during snowsdtorms etc. But I have never seen this white on my lights in years past. Anyhow what would be the best way to clean about 20 strings of lights like this? I have no iodea and to wipe them down one by one would take days upon days. Ugghh! HELP! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
6 Feb 09
Lol well I certainly do not envy you on that Job anything like that and it takes me ages lol as I just hate jobs like that I hope it will not take you days and days
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I hope no as well. So far my plans are to lay them on the lawn once thawed etc and hose them down then use a street broom with mild dishsopa to clean them all at once the rinse off with the hose. This may work as they are outdoor lights and handle the snow and rain all the time they were up on display oputside. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
7 Feb 09
That is terrible. I still need to take my lights down too. I hope they are not like that. I really do not know how you could get that off of them without doing them one by one. You may ruin them if you try something else.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Yeah it isn't going to be much fun cleaning all these lights. I've got the roof lights on the house and the garage left hanging is all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Gee, I have no idea. Can you use a spray bottle with vinegar and water in it and let them dry over the next year? That's weird, I've never seen that before!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
7 Feb 09
That's a lot of work for as many light strings I have though. HAHAHA! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
7 Feb 09
Hi GRANDPA BOB, You really will have a lot to do here to clean them, try some vinigar on a lot and just wipe. Tamara
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Too many sets to wipe by hand. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@jerzgirl (8058)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
6 Feb 09
You know, since they're outdoor lights, they're made to withstand rain and snow, so I don't see why you can't take them, one strand at a time, and swish them around in some mild soapy water and then in clean water to clean them. Then, hang them out over the clothes line or something until they're completely dry before putting them away (of course, testing them once before boxing them up). Whattaya think?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Read my comment in number one. Seems easy this way as well. I wash my mini blinds qwith a broom and hose as well. Thanks also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@BarBaraPrz (22579)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Feb 09
Vinegar will remove the salt residue.