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Horrible Messes

One thing that many parents learn very quickly is that having a child means also having a lot of messes. This will include everything from spilling drinks and foods on accident as well as on purpose to stickers needing to be removed from the refrigerator to crayon on the walls. There are a few ways to avoid some of these horrible messes that children love to create, but no matter what you do, you will not be able to avoid them all. This means it is important for parents to know the tips and tricks to remove some of those seemingly impossible messes.

• Prevention—
There isn’t a whole lot that a parent can do to completely prevent horrible messes except limit their child’s access to mess-makers. For example, most children love to color, but most three year olds, when armed with a marker or a crayon, love even more to color on walls. Since it is nearly impossible (and not very nice) to completely eliminate all coloring in your house, there is another way to limit the mess. You can buy the markers and paints that children can use that will only color on the paper that comes with it. While this kind is much more expensive than any other, it is well worth it (the markers are cheaper than the paint it would take to cover the walls). You should still keep an eye on your children with these though. Since the colors don’t show up on skin or clothes, you won’t see where markings are to wash the marker off your child. Since they are non-toxic, this isn’t too big a deal, but you will still want to know if you should wash your child’s lips off or not (the easiest way to know this when the marker or paint is invisible is to look for lip imprints on the paper).

• Cleaning—
This is the thing that most parents hate to have to do—clean up those horrible messes. Sometimes they are near impossible, and take a lot of work to get rid of them. Luckily, though, there are many products on the market that are meant for this type of thing. One such product is Goo Gone, and is meant for removing the sticky type of messes, such as sticker backings, etc. This product can be found in the cleaning isle of most stores. If try this and it doesn’t work an excellent way to get the sticky off is with baby oil. Then, whatever is left you can usually scrape off quickly with a razor blade.

Another good product for parents to have on hand is called Oops!. This product can be tricky to find because, instead of being placed on a shelf near other cleaning supplies, it is sold in the home improvement section. This product is said to easily remove crayon, lipstick and many other child-created messed from your home.

Another product that many parents underestimate is bleach. If your child gets anything on your white walls and countertops that you can’t seem to wash off, you should try bleach. Put ¼ cup of bleach and a gallon of very hot water in the sink. Submerge a solid white towel or rag in the bleach water and wring it out so that it is still very wet, but is no longer dripping. Then, place the towel on the area that was abused, and the bleach will often draw any color that is setting on top of the white into the towel.

Always, the best time to try to clean something your child tried to destroy is immediately when it happens. The longer you wait to try to clean it, the harder it will be to get it off. if stains won’t come out of the carpet, you may later have to steam clean to get rid of them, and if the crayon takes up too much space on your wall to be able to actually scrub it off, you may need to repaint (just be sure and use plenty of Kilz).

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