Now it is possible to decorate with artificial snow that looks perfectly realistic, is cold and wet to the touch, but does not melt. The last two decades have brought new technologies for just about everything we use, including fake snow. Forget about shredded Styrofoam or plastic or cotton batting, because they are now a thing of the past. With instant snow you can be creative in ways you only could dream of before.
How do you make instant snow? Using fake instant snow powder, the process is as simple as can be and takes only a few seconds. This unique polymer powder, first introduced in Japan for indoor snowboard parks more than 20 years ago, is inexpensive and easy to use. Imagine this: add some powder to an empty container, pour in some water, and even before you finish pouring, the powder will begin erupting into fluffy, white snow that looks completely real and is cool and wet to the touch! One tablespoon of powder will erupt into a quart of snow, and one measuring cup will yield two or more gallons in just a few seconds. No stirring or mixing is needed, and even large commercial quantities can be up and running in an hour or less.
Once mixed, you can scoop or dump the snow wherever you want it and decorate your home, office or event just like professional photographers and filmmakers do. Pile it up as high as you want, or spread it out to make a large play area, and you will quickly see that the possibilities are endless. Need some more? Repeat the same process until you have all you need.
You can create an entire winter wonderland in a large room, office, business or backyard with a hose, a few buckets, and a few minutes of your time. Large Christmas themed events attended by hundreds of people can be up and running in less than an hour. If your event runs more than a day or two, just spray the instant snow with water from time to time to keep it fresh, and use ice water or ice cubes to keep your snow cold. Because the instant snow is mostly water, and water at room temperature always feels cool to the skin, your snow will feel cool to the touch even without any maintenance.
Best of all, your snow won’t melt or bleed out onto any surface. Now you can really let your imagination run wild when you want to decorate with snow, your snow will look so real everyone will want to take some home, leaving you with nothing to clean up.
The winter season can cause a lot of damage to your car. During the cold winter months, the car's plastic, glass, tires and paint work are at the mercy of the elements. Before the winter arrives, you can help protect your car with a little protective work. Let's take a look at a few things to keep your car protected for the winter:
Seal the paint work
A paint sealant like a synthetic wax is a practical option to apply to your car if it is likely to be left exposed to the extreme winter conditions. Use a proper paint sealant to give the desired protection against road salts and water. Many of the modern sealants are very effective at creating a useful barrier to stop oils, chemicals or other contaminants from causing damage to the paint work. A single application of a top-rated paint sealant has the potential to last the entire winter season.
Keep the car clean
Driving on the road in the winter can increase the risk of the car getting chipped or scratches because of the many items of debris on the road. Any deep scratches that are left in the car's paint work can lead to moisture penetration which will continue to freeze and thaw. Over time this will start to weaken the local paint work and oxidation will start to set in.
A regular car wash is a great way to minimize the risk of paint related oxidation. Also, the entire body of the car should be checked for paint scratches and chips. If any defects in the paint are noted, they can be repaired with a suitable paint sealant.
Treat the leather interior
The cold winter months can have a negative impact on the leather interior of a car. The dry and cold weather is very effective at pulling the moisture from the leather upholstery. The best course of action is to treat the leather before the start of the cold weather arrives. Ideally, it is wise to start the work on the leather before the daytime temperature drops below 50° Fahrenheit. If the treatment is left too late it can be difficult to get the leather to accept the conditioner.
Give the tires protection
Every part of the car has a tough time in the winter. This even applies to the tires, which can benefit from a generous application of a high-quality tire dressing to give a useful barrier against the natural elements. Also, a silicone based tire dressing is a further option for those traveling in snow because it can help to stop the buildup of road salt, ice and snow.