Cleaning Up After Messy Kids

Kids like to have fun and make a mess while they are at it. Raising little ones is not easy and having to pick up after them doesn’t make it any easier.

Needless to say, having to put away toys that were strewn all over the house is one thing. Having to deal with the mess that comes after your children were handling items such as stickers and crayons is another. What seemed like an innocent play item on the shelf is now a tool used to create mayhem in your home.

So, how can you as the parent help lessen the mess that your kids are prone to create? Make sure to motivate your kids to help you clean up their messes and get them involved in the process.

All the Fun with Stickers

Stickers are a lot of fun for kids, but also very beneficial in child development. Research reveals that letting kids play with stickers can help them acquire a number of crucial skills. From developing their visual scanning abilities to improving their hand strength, stickers are necessary for kids.

However, the mess that follows after the fun of using stickers is daunting. Encourage your children to use stickers as per requirement. “If they like putting the stickers all over the walls, have them stick them on kraft paper instead” says Anna from Your Cleaning Fairy Calgary.

Stickers on walls can easily cause damage to the paint. To remedy this, grab your blow dryer and direct the heat onto the stickers on the wall or clothing item until warm. Once they are warm, they should be easy to peel off.

When dealing with stickers on your wooded floors, try using olive oil. It should peel the stickers right off without having to damage your beautiful floors.

Crayons and Drawings on Walls

Every parent wants there child to get involved in activities such as drawing and coloring. Allowing them to do this makes them learn how to grip a pencil or crayon early in life. This, in turn, will help boost their ability to write once they start school.

However, it can be so easy to forget all these benefits after finding messy doodles on the wall. To avoid this from happening, why not have a huge kraft paper on the floor? Ensure that it is large enough so that they can have enough space to doodle on.

If by any chance you find doodles on the wall, involve your kids in the cleanup process. Simple solution of water and dishsoap and good textured washcloth should get the job done. Be sure not to scrub too hard as it may damage the paint. Since heat melts down the crayon wax, try using a blow dryer on doodles before scrubbing the wall with soap and water mix.

Chewing Gum Everywhere

Chewing gum are potential hazards just waiting to happen, especially in the hands of little kids.

If they do not swallow it or choke on it, the chewing gum will most likely end up on their hair. It might very well end up on the walls, the floor or even your clean carpet.  One way of avoiding this is to have them start chewing gum until after they are eight years old.

However, if the damage is already done, there are ways to clean up the chewing gum mess.

If the chewing gum ended up in the hair, try using olive oil, raw eggs or mayonnaise for lubrication. Rub it onto the hair until the chewing gum comes out. Be sure to wash the hair thoroughly once the gum is out of the hair.

If the gum ended up on your clean carpet or floor, try pouring lemon juice or white vinegar on top of it. Let it soak for at least ten minutes before scrapping it off with a knife.

You can also try freezing the gum to remove it. Once it’s hardened, you can simply scrape it off using a butter knife. You can do this by putting some ice- cubes in a plastic bag first. Then later, place the plastic bag full of ice- cubes on top of the chewing gum until it hardens.

If you find yourself not having the time to deal with washing the walls, or could just use good and complete house cleaning, don’t think twice to call Maid Sailors.

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