Virtually everyone loves silly string and practically everyone enjoys using a can or ten when it comes to parties, pranks, and wars. Though it is one of the most popular and widely used party supplies, it can also become an instant mess and hassle to clean up. Sure it's fun while it's happening, but when cleanup time comes and guests go home, you are stuck with hours of picking silly string out of carpet, upholstery and other hard to clean areas.
Because of the fun there really isn't much of an option to not use it. The brightly colored stuff usually makes the whole party just take off into action. The best option is to learn how to make the can of fun easy and fast to clean up and avoid any damage it may cause. Because the bright colors have a small potential to cause damage, I have also created a list of items and area's to avoid when using it.
Places it is safe to use: Silly string is generally easy to pull off clothing and other articles, though it can be more difficult to get it out of tight knit sweaters, as compared to 100% percent cotton items. So be sure that your clothing isn't your best dress. It also helps to use it out doors. Yes it does come out of almost everything and isn't as hard to cleanup as it may appear when it's all around the room, but trying to clean up after several cans can add up to a lot of time, and can become very tedious work. Enjoy using silly string by simply avoiding any unpleasant cleanups. The best option is to use it outdoors where a water hose can easily be reached to the area. Silly string will dissolve by simply wetting it down, eliminating the long and boring cleanup after the entertainment.
Places to avoid using it: Most areas are safe and quite fun to use silly string, but there are some precautions that can prevent unwanted messes, injuries, or other problems. Keep in mind that if you are going to be using the brightly colored stuff at a public place, such as a park, you will need to make sure that such a location will allow you to use the string. Some parks ban any kind of party confetti and any other small particles that can get left behind, and this can of fun may be on their list. So be sure to check with the land lord or caretaker before bringing it. Never spray toward or directly into the face. Though silly string is generally safe it can cause damage if sprayed directly into any part of the face. The last but not least is to avoid areas where there may be vehicles present. Silly string is known to take off the surface of some auto body paints.
Taking these few precautions before using a can of bright string can make your experience enjoyable and a lot less stressful when it comes to cleanup.
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