Modern finger paint is normally washable from surfaces. Children’s paint rarely poses any danger. It may require a bit of soap and some scrubbing to remove from a wall but it can successfully be done. Dish detergent tends to work the best when removing the paint.
A spill of finger paint on a carpet, couch or other upholstered surface can quickly become a nightmare. When a spill occurs act quickly before too much paint soaks into the surface. Blot the area with a clean, dry towel. Do not rub or the paint will be smeared and create an even larger surface area of stain.
Promptly spray a stain lifter onto the area. Many stain lifters work well. Stain removers that contain Sodium Percarbonate and Sodium Carbonate help to break down the paint and lift it to the surface for further blotting. Apply the cleaner and blot. Continue to apply the cleaner and blot. The stain should become less apparent with each application and blot.
Once several rounds of spraying and blotting have occurred it is time to use a hot rag over the cleaner. Blot with the hot rag and then blot with a dry rag.
It will often be hard to tell if a stain will persist or be successfully lifted until the surface completely dries.
Once the surface dries be sure to vacuum the area. Vacuuming helps to lift any dry pieces of stain that might remain which makes the impact of the remaining spot less apparent.
If you do not have a top of the line carpet or upholstery cleaner on hand when the stain occurs then remove the excessive paint and blot using cold water. Apply ammonia and water to the spot and continue to blot. If ammonia is not on hand to use then try white vinegar. Apply the vinegar to the spot after blotting with a cool rag. Blot the vinegar up after allowing it to sit on the stain for at least ten minutes. Once the area is successfully blotted with the vinegar or ammonia apply a hot rag to the area and blot again to remove the residue.
A finger paint spill that has been allowed to dry on the carpet needs to be gently scraped away using a butter knife. Once the excessive paint has been scraped up apply a hot rag to the area to loosen the hardened paint. Continue to scrape after the paint softens. Once the entire softened spot is lifted focus on the stain and begin to treat it the same way that you would treat a wet finger paint spill.
Remember when shopping to always purchase washable children’s fingers paints that are safe and non-toxic.