Salty gunk/white coating?
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 !!~
• 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 !!~
• 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?