While most people abandoned silly string when they graduated to adulthood, it’s still not uncommon for it to appear at Halloween parties or in makeshift haunted houses. We’re not quite sure what silly string is supposed to evoke. Guts? Goo? We don’t really know, but it’s often used as a decoration, and perhaps you’ve used it too.
Silly string is also ubiquitous on Halloween as a prankster’s tool. Pranks are common on Halloween night, and silly-stringing somebody’s home or property is one of the most prevalent.
Unfortunately, silly string can have its consequences. When cleaned up immediately it’s mostly harmless, but it can leave behind a sticky residue that’s particularly irksome for certain surfaces, particularly brick, stone, and rugs. We’ve had to lend our professional cleaning services to people who couldn’t get silly string residue out on their own.
What You Can Do
The best policy with silly string is to clean it up right away. Don’t wait around or it might start to settle! It’s extremely easy to clean up when it’s fresh, and nobody likes walking around with silly string stuck to them anyway.
Another good tactic is to forbid silly string in certain areas. In general, it should be saved for outdoor use because there’s no way to tell where silly string will be blasted in your home — it’s entirely possible that you may think you’ve cleaned all of it, only to find some left over in an obscure spot days later. It’s easiest just to keep it out of your home entirely.
When outside, avoid using silly string near concrete, stone, or wood. For whatever reason, silly string loves bonding to these surfaces, and you’d be surprised how hard it is to get out, even when you’re smothering it with hot water and soap.