Guest post by Patricia Cornwell: We all know that kids are little balls of constant energy. They love painting, coloring and creating crafts. These activities are not only fun, but are also vital for children’s development. Using their creativity and imagination in addition to coordinating fine motor skills makes crafts an important part of every childhood. Besides, it is a perfect opportunity for interaction and quality time with adults.
Pull up a chair and get ready to spend endless hours with your child, you will both benefit from it. However, this kind of fun has some downsides as well. One of the disadvantages is the mess these activities create. Using paints, crayons and glue may result in stains on furniture, clothes and the surrounding surfaces. Luckily, we have shortcuts to stain removal and cleanup after crafting with your child, kindly presented by BestLondonCleaners SW5.
Before getting creative take a few pre-craft measures to protect all the surfaces, the clothes and skin. Children have a tendency to get rather carried away when it comes to glue, paints, crayons and markers. The object of the “game” is to avoid water color spills, glue in the hair and full-body paint sessions.
Undoubtedly, the best way to deal with the mess is before it even occurs: protect the work surface where the crafting will take place.
- Cover the work area with newspapers or plastic sheets. This will help you clean up the area a lot more easily after your children are done with the activities. All you will have to do is to remove the sheets and throw them away, and the surface be untouched and as clean as it was before you started.
- When using liquid materials, don’t cover the surfaces with newspapers because the moisture can soak through them and damage the surface. In such cases, using wax paper is the best option.
- A great solutions to protect the carpet include using a large plastic sheet or an old shower curtain.
- Protect your child’s skin by wearing old clothes with long sleeves.
- Keep a package of wet wipes nearby, so that you can handle quick clean-ups when needed.
- Place a pot with a solution of warm water and soap, so that your child doesn’t have to carry items that have to be washed over the floor or the carpet.
Even if you are extremely careful and cover the entire area well, it’s quite possible for accidental stains to occur.
- Remove glue stains from hard surface by applying vegetable oil on the affected area. Let it stay on the stain for a while and wash out carefully with a soft material. Remember not to scrub too hard, if you don’t want to damage the surface.
- If the glue stain is on fabrics, then try to scrub as much of it as possible and then work thorough warm water.
- Remove crayons from fabrics immediately by dabbing most of the stain with a clean cloth. Then clean with warm water and a detergent.
- To clean crayons from walls, you need to put a little more effort and use baking soda to scrub the surface gently.
- To remove markers from fabrics, apply rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and dab the stain. Then wash in warm water.
Now go have some good CLEAN fun!