FAQs

We’ve tried to answer some of your commonly asked questions about our prop hire here but if you’d like to know more then please call us on
07306 612338  or email us at bugsyprophire@gmail.com


What is Splurge?

What we call Splurge Spray is also known as theatrical cream foam, Custard Pie Foam or Avalanche Spray (was a well known brand name that has now gone bust!). It is a non toxic non-staining white foam which disintegrates to almost nothing after a few minutes. It is similar to no other product, but the best description of Splurge Spray / Avalanche Spray is its a cross between shaving foam and snow spray.

Does it damage clothes?

Splurge Spray is sold as non staining though it has been known to sometimes leave a white ‘dried bubbles’ residue on some dark materials, this washes out with warm water or by putting items in a washing machine. We advise against spraying onto soft furnishings or large curtains unless they can easily be rinsed clean.  There is no way we can guarantee the product will come out of all surfaces and fabrics but we can say lots of people have used it with great success with hired costumes and got their full deposits returned to them. The trick seems to be to protect expensive items like large curtains and have people in the wings of the stage with sponges and water to wipe performers down as they come off stage, as removing the foam asap is the most successful way at preventing damage to fabrics. If the product is not allowed to dry its usually easy to remove successfully. As there are millions of fabrics in the world we can not take any liability for damage to any fabrics or curtains we can just state we have and have known many people who have not had stained items with the spray as long as they have managed the product as stated above. If you are concerned order a single can and do some patch tests on your costumes.

Does it damage floors?

We have not know it to damage hard floors (but we can not accept any liability for damage to floors as we have not been able to test the product on all floor surfaces) but, as with fabrics, it may leave a little white ‘dried bubbles’ residue on dark carpets. This can be removed with a warm water or a carpet cleaner and is best done before the product is allowed to dry. If you are concerned protect flooring or order a single can and do some patch tests on your floors.

On hard floors it will become first slippery, then tacky as it dries. For this reason it is best to mop it up as soon as possible. In Bugsy productions the actor playing Fizzy can be used to come on stage after a fight and seamlessly mop the stage while remaining totally in character.

Is splurge toxic?

No the product is safe and non toxic but if ingested please drink plenty of water. The spray may sting if sprayed into eyes so please encourage your actors to aim low and to close their mouths if using for custard pies. If it does get into eyes, rinse with clean water or an eye bath. If concerned or you have actors with extremely sensitive skin please ensure you patch test as you would with any product just to be sure.

How much splurge is in a can?

Each can contains 400ml of product. This produces about 1L of foam. They spray about 1.3m.

Can the splurge can foam be used for making custard pies?

Yes is the short answer as a can makes about 15 lovely pies (depending on how big you want your pies!). The product is safe and non-toxic and has been safely used by schools and theatres for over 15 years BUT . . .

. . . as with all Avalanche Sprays on the market – the can states and should state ‘do not spray into eyes’. No product other than Optrex ect, can claim/should claim, if responsible manufacturers, to be safe to spray into children’s eyes. Having said that there are lots of pictures on our website that show children laughing with it all over their faces. If used for pies children/adults should be sure to close their eyes and if it gets into eyes the COSH safety sheet from the manufacturers states that eyes should be rinsed with water. If concerned about the product then a patch safety test should be done on the performers to be extra sure. The COSH Safety certificate is available on request.

Do you supply a backwards pointing gun?

Because of the simple design of the guns it is possible to swivel the nozzle of the Splurge can so that the guns fire backwards, or to the side. This way there is no need to hire an extra gun for this scene.

What if we order more splurge cans than we need, can we return them?

No, as we would not be able to guarantee that the can is full we are not able to resell these items. Its for this reason that there is a no return policy on the cans of splurge.

What about delivery? How do I return the splurge guns and/or crate at the end of the hire period?

 The return of the guns is arranged and paid for by person who is hiring them.  We prefer you use our preferred courier UPS but any reputable courier will be fine, but please remember to insure the hire props at £100.00 per item (lost splurge guns are charged at £100 each) as they are your responsibility until they are returned to us.  Alternatively, we are happy to arrange the collection of your order, the charge is £30.00 for your whole order and we can take if from your deposit at the end of your hire and we will send you courier labels and organise the collection on any week day between 9-4.

How soon can I get my guns?

We always try to get your orders out on the dates you require them, although we will need 3 working days from the order date in which to process your order and get it to you (call or email us if you need your order soon as we can often accommodate). Orders placed after 12pm will be processed the following working day. We do not generally offer Saturday deliveries (and we are unable to offer Sunday deliveries) as the cost is an extra £15.00 on the delivery cost, if your hire starts on a Saturday we will deliver your order the Friday before, but if you would like to speak to someone about a Saturday delivery date or if you need guns at short notice then please feel free to get in touch with us.

What do I do if I need to pay through a Finance Department rather than online?

If you require an invoice to pay for your hire/purchase, as your school can only pay via a BACS or has a complicated payment system of some sort etc, then you can go through our checkout process and at the ‘checkout’ choose the second option ‘pay by invoice’ – your order will be booked in and confirmed and you will be emailed an invoice that is due for payment before your hire starts.

Why is there an extra charge on my order at checkout?

To ensure that we get our hire products back in a good condition, we add a £100 deposit on to your order which will be refunded once our guns have been returned. Please see the Terms & Conditions for more information.