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Love Silly Putty? Hate the Mess? Tips for Removing Silly Putty

clock January 30, 2012 09:31 by author Office Toy Guy

Silly Putty and red egg Silly Putty is a classic office stress reliever and we love playing with it at OfficePlayground.com. It can stretch, bounce and roll and is fun to play with at your desk.

We get a lot of inquiries about Silly Putty here at OfficePlayground.com. What colors does it come in? Can I get a volume discount? What styles do you have? But, perhaps the most common question we get from folks is how to get Silly Putty out of ___________ (fill in the blank). Since we know that it can be a bit of a pain when Silly Putty ends up in the wrong places, we decided to provide you with some tips on how to remove Silly Putty.

The top three questions we get at OfficePlayground.com for removing Silly Putty are:

- How do I get Silly Putty out of hair?
- How do I get Silly Putty off of clothing (fabric)?
- How do I get Silly Putty off of carpet?

We visited Crayola.com for their Stain Removal Tips to get the answers.

  1. Remove Silly Putty from Hair:
    What you need: Warm Water, Baby Oil, and Conditioner
    What to do: Try using baby oil or a generous amount of hair conditioner along with warm water. Massage the baby oil or conditioner around the scalp and area containing Silly Putty.

  2. Remove Silly Putty from Clothing (fabric):
    What you need: Dull knife or metal spoon, WD-40® (car part lubricant), Cotton balls, Liquid dish soap, Rubbing alcohol, Soft cloth or sponge
    What to do: Scrape off excess Silly Putty with a dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Spray with WD-40 and let stand a few minutes. Scrape excess Silly Putty with dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Re-spray with WD-40 and wipe off stain with cotton balls. If any stain remains, saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, blot the stain and rinse. Wipe any remaining residue or remaining stain with a damp sponge or cloth moistened with liquid dish soap. Wash garment per the manufacturer’s direction.

  3. Remove Silly Putty from Carpet:
    What you need: Dull knife or metal spoon, Soft cloth or sponge, Upholstery/rug shampoo, Bristle brush, Liquid dish soap, WD-40® (car part lubricant)
    What to do: Scrape off excess Silly Putty with a dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Spray with WD-40 and let stand a few minutes. Scrape excess Silly Putty with dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Re-spray with WD-40® and wipe off stain with cotton balls. If any stain remains, saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, blot the stain and rinse. Wipe any remaining residue or remaining stain with a damp sponge or cloth moistened with liquid dish soap.

*These stain removal tips are suggestions only and success cannot be guaranteed. Always test surface before attempting to clean.

You can find more stain removal tips at Crayola.com.

Playfully,

Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
OfficeToyGuy@OfficePlayground.com

www.OfficePlayground.com
We make work fun!



What's Up with Desktop Zen Gardening?

clock January 25, 2012 10:17 by author Office Toy Guy

Zen Garden Deluxe Many people enjoy Zen Gardening in their desktop environment, but few may know the history of this classic desktop stress relief tool. Zen Gardens are also commonly referred to as Zen Rock Gardens or Japanese Rock Gardens. Wikipedia describes a Japanese Rock Garden as:

"Japanese rock gardens or 'dry landscape' gardens, often called 'Zen gardens', are a type of garden that features extensive use of rocks or stones, along with plants native to rocky or alpine environments that were influenced mainly by Zen Buddhism and can be found at Zen temples of meditation."

Mini desktop Zen gardens, popular among office workers, contain sand, rakes, rocks, birds, statues, and/or small buildings. Zen gardens are both pleasing to the eye and soothing to create or design. The raking of the sand and arranging of the various items offers a welcome reprieve from a stressful workday. You may be surprised to learn that making a perfectly groomed Zen garden is not easy:

"The act of raking the gravel into a pattern recalling waves or rippling water has an aesthetic function. Zen priests practice this raking also to help their concentration. Achieving perfection of lines is not easy. Rakes are according to the patterns of ridges as desired and limited to some of the stone objects situated within the gravel area. Nonetheless often the patterns are not static. Developing variations in patterns is a creative and inspiring challenge." -- (source: Wikipedia)

Whether you groom your personal desktop Zen garden to perfection is up to you. An individual's Zen garden will reflect their creativity, attention to detail, and concentration. Spending time arranging a Zen garden can help you relax and add some peace to your workday.

See all of our Desktop Zen Gardens Here

Playfully,

Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
OfficeToyGuy@OfficePlayground.com

www.OfficePlayground.com
We make work fun!



Tangle is King!

clock January 20, 2012 08:05 by author Office Toy Guy

Office Playground has been offering Tangles since the very beginning of our 13 year history. Tangle is the best fidget toy of all time. Period. Case closed. If you think you may need some stress relief at work, you need a Tangle. Over the years, the folks at Tangle, Inc. have created numerous different styles from fuzzy, to textured, to metallic. Whether you are new to fidget stress relief toys or you're an avid user, you need several Tangles in your portfolio.

Richard Zawitz is the creator of Tangle and as you might guess, he is a fascinating man. I remember meeting Richard at his house in the early days of Office Playground. He was so enthusiastic about Tangle and its ability to change the world. According to him, "A Tangle Toy is more than just a toy—it is twistable energy that enables a free flow of creativity from your mind". His inspiration for Tangle is from the Tibetan Infinite Knot, "Zawitz's very dreams were filled with the shape and form of the Tibetan Infinite Knot. But in his dreams the knot was always twisting, moving and transforming, changing into cool new infinite knot shapes and even colors".

Not only is he a genius sculptor, but he's one heck of a businessman too! He has sold over 100 million Tangles and even got them into McDonald's Happy Meals. Read the entire Tangle story here.

I'm proud to say we have been successful in spreading the amazing powers of Tangle to people all over the world. We have sold tons of Tangles over the years and I mean literally "tons". If you have never tried playing with a Tangle Toy, it's time to get involved. See all of our Tangles Here.

Playfully,

Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
OfficeToyGuy@OfficePlayground.com

www.OfficePlayground.com
We make work fun!



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The Office Toy Guy is passionate about office toys and spending a little time playing at work. He also enjoys imaginary pinky wrestling (it’s similar to thumb wrestling but you use your pinky and you conduct matches in your mind against imaginary opponents), cooking, underwater speed-reading, massages, and an occasional lighthearted office prank. (He’s really the CEO of Office Playground!)

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