Egging houses has long been a rite of passage for many young people, but egging can come at a cost, especially in a ritzy neighborhood — Justin Bieber's neighbor, whose house Bieber allegedly egged, may have suffered $20,000 worth of damage, according to the Sheriff's Department.
The damage from just one egg can be significant, according to Popular Mechanics. Cleaning off egg can be difficult and even cause more damage.
Pat Curtis, a professor at Auburn University and director of the National Egg Processing Center, tells Popular Mechanics that it's important to use warm water to clean egged surfaces.
Other important points when cleaning an egged home, as reported by Popular Mechanics:
- Remove the egg as quickly as possible
- Wet the siding below the egged area
- Spray the siding above the egg to flush it off with a sheet of water
- Use a high-alkaline detergent — higher than common household detergents
It's even more difficult if your car gets egged — anything other than a neutral cleaner will likely damage the car's outer paint layer, according to Popular Mechanics. They recommend using a commercial car-wash detergent and a soft cloth to gently rub off the stain, and even then, they'll likely leave stains behind. Still, an auto-body rubbing compound can help restore the clear coat's shine.