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Carved Pumpkins: How to Prolong Your Pumpkin’s Life

By Wet & Forget
Preserve carved pumpkins with Wet & Forget Ready To Use!

The fall season is officially in full swing! One of our favorite fall activities at Wet & Forget is carving pumpkins. 

Usually, carved pumpkins fall victim to mold and mildew growth or natural decay within a matter of days! But not anymore.

We’ve got a product that will ‘scare’ the mold and mildew away so your carved pumpkin lasts longer. Read on to learn about our customer’s experience using Wet & Forget to preserve pumpkins and see how you can prolong the life of your Jack-o’-lantern with Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use!

Adele Z.’s Favorite Pumpkin Preserver

Adele loves growing and carving pumpkins to get into the fall spirit. She has carved gourds of all shapes and sizes for years- but is most known in the neighborhood for her 150+ lb pumpkins. 

However, she was always concerned that her pumpkins would attract mold and mildew. Since, typically, carved pumpkins will begin to show signs of decay 3 to 5 days later.

She’s been a friend of Wet & Forget’s and has been using our products since 2016! Wet & Forget has preserved Adele’s large, home-grown, and carved pumpkins from both mold and mildew.

Not to mention, she likes that Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use came in a sprayer bottle so no mixing or pouring was needed. Instead of using bleach, as she did in the past, a thoroughly Wet & Forget saturated pumpkin followed by a few upkeep sprays did the trick. 

“I’ve used bleach before, but it just doesn’t do it.” -Adele 

Adele starts her pumpkin carving process by cleaning out the pumpkin, drawing the carving pattern, and carving it. She even named her pumpkin below Captain Jack. 

After carving her large, 175 lb pumpkin, she took her bottle of Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use and sprayed the inside and outside of her pumpkin. Now, she doesn’t have to worry about the mold and mildew destroying her showpiece in a matter of days.

She added some final decorative touches to her masterpiece, including adding a straw hat and red food coloring as a scar so her pumpkin really lived up to its name. 

Not only can her pumpkin withstand the elements longer, but it really stands out against the other molded and mildewed pumpkins on the block! Plus, Adele and her neighbors get to enjoy the sight of the large, carved pumpkin for even longer now! 

“One of my neighbors drove slowly by in the hour and a half while I was working on him today and I know she had to be thinking…you’re a bit early carving that pumpkin…but she doesn’t know about Wet & Forget!” -Adele 

Applying Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use to preserve pumpkins:

To keep your pumpkins mold and mildew-free, use Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use!

  1. Start by detaching the white, trigger sprayer that comes with the bottle.
  2. Then, insert the white tip into the cap of the bottle and uncoil the clear tubing hidden inside the sprayer. Moreover, the tubing should stretch to be 3 feet long.
  3. Finally, thoroughly spray down the inside and outside of your carved pumpkins to preserve it. Correspondingly, make sure to spray all the little crevices and lid too! 

To maintain the newly carved pumpkin look, treat pumpkins weekly with just a few sprays of Wet & Forget Ready-To-Use! Take a look at these pumpkin preserving challenges that we’ve held in the past to see pumpkins hold their ground for weeks!


See How We Preserved a Pumpkin for 41 Days!

Additional carved pumpkin preservation tips:  

Although, by nature, mold and mildew are bound to get the best of your pumpkin, here are a few factors to keep them around longer. 

  • Display your carved pumpkin from a covered location. This will help reduce the amount of rainfall that sits inside your pumpkin. 
  • Substitute a tealight candle for a flameless alternative. The flame from the candle gives off heat which slowly cooks the pumpkin. 
  • Monitor the temperature for drastic temperature changes. If the temperature gets too hot or too cold suddenly, bring your pumpkin to a cooler area. 

Are you ready to prolong the life of your pumpkins by up to 6 weeks? Then check out our Store Locator to find our products in a store near you. If you have any questions about using Wet & Forget, then give our office a call at 888-727-8524 from Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM Central Time.