We love splat toys. Take something shaped like a frog, an egg, or a duck and throw it hard against a surface and *splat* its spread all over the place! But then it slowly starts to reform itself back into its original shape!
Thing is, Splat balls aren’t perfect. They don’t work on all surfaces. In fact we had to put up a sign asking customers to not take them out of the packaging and try them out on the store floor. Why? Well, our store floor is far from perfect. It is a not-as-well-sanded-as-could-have-been hardwood floor that has a lot of dirt on it. We clean, sure. But every day lots of customers are coming in from outside and it just doesn’t hold up in the super-clean department.
Why is this a problem? Well, in order to get the full ‘splat’ effect the surface of the pig/duck/egg must be able to stick to the surface it is striking. Otherwise it snaps back to its original shape too fast to be impressive. If the surface it strikes is dusty or too rough (properties shared by our store’s floor) it will not stick.
Worse, the tacky nature of the splat balls (and I am referring to their surface texture, not their taste as a toy) means they will pick up dust like a magnet picks up nails. Many of these splat balls get ruined from being used on poor surfaces.
But not to worry! Many ‘broken’ splat balls can be fixed. All you need to do is give them a little handwashing. Be sure to use soap (hand soap seems to work best), and give the splat toy a good cleaning. Once the splat ball is dry the surface should fell nice and tacky – very tacky, actually. If it does not, try cleaning it some more.
Just to show you how well the cleaning works, here is a splat duck that had been covered with dirt & grime and would not stick to anything. After a good washing it is back in business. Just watch: