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Cleaning Supplies for Craft Mishaps

Keep These Cleaning Supplies Close by When Kids Make Crafts

Children love to do arts and crafts. The handmade items help them show off their creativity to others, and make wonderful gifts for family and friends. Many kids also enjoy playing with the various art supplies, like paints, stickers, markers, and crayons. These mediums have interesting textures, provide dazzling effects, and leave behind brilliant colors. Things can quickly get messy when youngsters put their hands on artistic provisions, however, so most parents need to keep great cleaning products nearby when it is time to do arts and crafts for kids.

Stickers are a perfect example of crafting supplies misused by children. They are popular, because they enable users to quickly add illustrations, color, and pizzazz to artwork. Children will use them to add flash to items other than artwork, however, like walls, floors, windows, and furniture. Some stickers have a light adhesive which will wear off in a few days, so they can be easily removed from surfaces where they do not belong. Others have a stronger glue on their undersides, and require the use of cleaning fluids for removal. White vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and eucalyptus oil can quickly dissolve a sticker’s adhesive. Goo Gone, a notable producer of adhesive-removing solvents, also sells a cleaning solvent kit developed especially for removing stickers in its online store.

Kids adore using paint as an artistic medium, but often spatter it on surfaces other than canvas and paper. This is not a big deal for parents who buy water-soluble paints, because those can be easily wiped up from hard surfaces with a damp rag, or gently blotted out of fabric and carpeting with a cloth dipped in white vinegar. Oil-based paints, latex-based paints, and acrylic paints, however, are much harder to remove without using solvents to thin them. Solvents such as Jack's Linseed Studio Soap, glycerin, acetone, and rubbing alcohol will break them down, and they can be sopped up with a natural sea sponge, but the cleansers might also completely discolor carpet and fabric fibers in the process. It is therefore best to prevent these kinds of paint from coming in contact with any surface that is absorbent, and drop cloths for artists should be put down in areas where kids are working with them.

Markers, colored pens, and crayons are the coloring utensils used most often by children building their arts and crafts ideas. They are cheap, and available for sale in almost every store. Markers can bleed onto a surface if they are left lying on it uncapped, though, and many children neglect to replace marker caps when they are using them. A lot of parents will then find indelible spots of ink that need removing on both the hard and soft surfaces in their homes. Some marker-making companies, like Crayola, sell markers filled with ink that is easily washed away with some dish soap and a rag. Other kinds of markers, like Sharpies, and colored pens use more permanent ink, and removing ink stains for them requires the use of heavy-duty cleaning solvents. On hard surfaces, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is very effective on permanent marker and pen. To remove them from soft surfaces, many people turn to industrial carpet cleaners and specialized strippers like Motsenbocker Lift-Off #3, which can be purchased from an online catalog.

Most kinds of crayon markings can be washed away with dish soap or a Magic Eraser, too. The little sticks of colored wax will melt, though, when left in hot places. As they liquefy, their streams will drip onto both hard and soft surfaces, then cool and solidify. If the wax falls on hard surfaces, it can just be scraped off using a razor blade or putty knife. Getting the wax out of soft things, however, can be trickier. Many parents can remove it with a clothing iron and paper towels. The paper towels are laid down over the wax stain, then the iron is adjusted to its lowest setting and rested on top of them. The heat from the iron will melt the crayon wax anew, and the paper towels will immediately soak it up.

Cleaning up the kids who have been doing arts and crafts can be very taxing for parents. Many use cleansers that are gentle to skin, like Artist's Hand Soap or glycerin soap, to safely remove ink and paint from their children. A lot of artistic mediums will stain clothing, so parents will also utilize kids’ aprons during arts and crafts time. They can purchase aprons for kids, made by companies like Canvas Children’s Apron, for a very reasonable price at their local arts and crafts stores.

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