How to Clean Up Fireworks Stains

Summer is our favorite time of year at Charlie’s Soap. Not only do we get to spend time outdoors, but we also get to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you are going camping, having a family picnic, or taking a boat ride, summer is fun for everyone. 

It simply wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a fireworks celebration. Some families enjoy watching fireworks shows from afar, while others prefer to have their very own displays. If a home-based fireworks show is part of your family tradition, there are some steps you can take to protect your property. 

While we all love fireworks, it can be a real hassle to clean up after the 4th of July. Certain fireworks like snakes and fountains can leave hard-to-clean stains. To help you have as much fun as possible this summer, Charlie’s Soap wanted to walk you through this brief guide on how to clean fireworks stains. 

Why Do Fireworks Leave a Mess? 

The ability to combust makes fireworks what they are. When ignited, different chemicals react within fireworks to create colored flames and sparks. After fireworks are lit, they often leave chemical stains and burn marks on the ground. Importantly, the area directly beneath where fireworks are ignited is the most prone to damage.

Types of popular fireworks include:

  • Fountains
  • Ground Spinners
  • Mortars
  • Sparklers
  • Firecrackers
  • Smoke bombs
  • Novelty
  • Snakes and Snaps 
  • Roman Candles
  • Bottle Rockets 

Certain fireworks are made to stay on the ground. However, other popular fireworks like bottle rockets and roman candles launch far into the air. Whether a firework explodes on the ground or in the air can make a difference concerning property damage. 

Protect Your Property from Firework Damage

There are several steps you can take to protect your property against damage from fireworks. By taking these proactive measures before the 4th of July, you can save yourself a good deal of hard work. 

A great starting point in planning your fireworks display is figuring out a safe and protected place to have the show. At Charlie’s Soap, we recommend you only light fireworks in open areas that are far from buildings, trees, and other structures. Next, you should zero in on exactly where you want to place your launchpad. 

Place a large metal sheet or thick piece of plywood on the ground directly beneath your firework launchpad. This shield will protect the yard, driveway, or sidewalk from chemical stains and burn marks from fireworks. Beyond the immediate launchpad, you should line the ground with a large tarp. This additional protection will insulate your property from firework debris that falls from the sky. 

By shielding the ground directly beneath and around your launchpad, you protect your property from fireworks that ignite on the ground and in the air. 

How to Clean Firework Residue with Charlie’s Soap 

Charlie’s Soap products offer an easy way to clean up after a fireworks celebration. While we recommend taking steps to protect your property, our Indoor/Outdoor Surface Cleaner is an excellent option for cleaning up fireworks stains. 

Our Indoor/Outdoor Surface Cleaner effectively cleans up fireworks residue left on concrete and asphalt. As such, Charlie’s Soap is an excellent backup for your driveway and sidewalk on the 4th of July! 

To begin with, apply our full-strength Indoor/Outdoor Surface Cleaner directly to fireworks residue. Next, let Charlie’s Soap cleaner sit for a few minutes to break up the grime (the longer it works, the better it does). After the cleaner has had time to work, agitate the area with a brush to break up the debris. Finally, rinse the area with a hose or pressure washer.

Depending on the extent of the fireworks residue, you might have to repeat this process a couple of times. 

If your patio furniture or home happens to get stained with fireworks debris, mix the Charlie’s Soap Indoor/Outdoor Surface Cleaner to ½ strength and follow the above directions. 

Contact Charlie’s Soap with Questions 

Just like you, we love summer! Charlie’s Soap wants you to get outside and have some fun! Just remember to use fireworks safely and take steps to protect your family and property. 

If you have additional questions about how to clean firework residue, please Contact Us.

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