Full Guide To Sploshing With & Cleaning Up All Paint Types
Preparing Paint For Sploshing
The paint I’m referring to in this guide for sploshing is any non toxic, washable poster paint available in various sized bottles. I use Brian Clegg Ready-Mix which is available in large 5 litre bottles and smaller 600ml bottles, both options in a huge variety of colours. I get the 5 litre ones from a uk based site called rapid electronics online (and highly recommend their service!)
I have also used Scola Artmix paints in the past, but found this has potential to stain sometimes. The Brian Clegg product is better. (the 'big colour co' paints linked to are also by Brian Clegg)
I warm up the 5 litre bottles by standing them on my radiator for an hour or two before a session. It doesn’t make it warm, just more pleasant.
These poster paints pictured below are also by the Brian Clegg group and are great on their own or used as a colourant for other substances. They mix really well with gunge, pva glue, shaving foam, cake batter, cream and yoghurt. Just be careful of the dairy smell and see my specific advice on that if you mix it with anything containing milk.
Emulsion Or House/Wall Paint
I don't recommend it, but I have to admit I have used it out of curiosity and/or not being able to get enough poster paint.
If this is your choice then look for a matt paint with low VOC content. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds - these are things you don't want to be breathing in or have on your skin too much, so just watch out for that and make sure the paint you are using clearly states that it is low VOC. Make sure your splosh area is well ventilated too.
Do not use oil based paints like those intended for woodwork or building exteriors - these are usually always pretty toxic and hard to remove and are rarely low VOC.
If you accidentally used an oil based paint, you'll need something oily to remove it. I haven't been in that situation but I'd try a neutral vegetable oil first, way over and above anything specifically for removing paint.
Rub your neutral oil in well before going near any water, and then use neat washing up liquid/dish soap. This is an untested theory in large amounts, but it's worked for me for small amounts on my hands after craft projects! If you find yourself needing to do this, you might also need my guidelines for cleaning up runny oils
Cleaning Up Paint
Body, Skin & Hair
Removing poster paint from your skin is usually fine. Some pigment may stick to any areas of dry skin you have, but will come off with exfoliation. I highly recommend those plastic loofahs or bath puffs, made of scrunched up plastic mesh for removing any mess from skin, or a soft bristled body brush. Add lots of warm water and shower gel or soap.
I also recommend having a mirror within your line of sight in the bathroom so you can visually check for any missed areas. Common areas I used to miss were backs of arms, flanks, backs of legs and ankles. Common dry skin areas include elbows, knees and heels. Always check every single crevice of your ears too!
For short haired people, just use lots of lemon or tea tree shampoo, maybe wash twice if you want to be sure with plenty of shampoo.
For longer hair
It’s pretty simple to get out of longer hair too. First of all, stand under the water and let the water rinse the worst off. Use your hands to run over your head and down the length of your hair to feel where the worst is and encourage it along by gently squeezing it out. Once the worst is gone, shampoo twice. Do this gently though, be careful not to rub it into your hair, rather just keep smoothing down and gently work it in with fingertips.
The heat of your scalp can sometimes mean paint will dry on the top of your head - if those happens just saturate it with conditioner and leave it on under a shower cap to hydrate and loosen it, the rinse and comb it out.
Cleaning Up Paint Sploshed Items & Objects
Baths & Showers
I don't recommend the bath or shower for any sploshing, but if you really have to use the bath then these kind of poster paints should come off easily, even if used neat. If anything gets dried on, use a long lasting bathroom mousse or leave a wet cloth on top of the mark to help soak it off.
I like this bathroom mousse which is really good on paint pigments, and a scrub daddy for any stubborn marks.
Avoid the bath situation with another fave of mine, the inflatable massage mat (usually the size of a double bed and easier to clean than a high sided pool)
Buckets & Tools
To clean off buckets you need a hose or tap with good water pressure to blast the clinging areas off, and/or a good stiff washing up brush. Don’t try to do it with your hand or a flannel, you’ll be there all day!
Microfibre cloths are good to get any last bits and help dry them off, but not for the initial washing. Don’t forget the outside of the buckets, bottoms of buckets and under the rims.
If it’s carpeted then use a microfibre cloth and a little spray of water or clear antibacterial spray. Make sure you don’t use anything with bleach unless you know the carpet is certified for safe bleach use.
For laminate flooring, tile or stone, microfibre cloths are your friend. Same for any splashes that have got onto a wall or door, or door handles etc.
If any splashes have dried, soak a microfibre cloth or a few sheets of kitchen roll with your cleaning spray and leave it on top of the dried mess for about 30 minutes. When you return it will just wipe away.
If anything is still stuck, soak it again and use your stiff brush. On most ‘washing up’ brushes, there is a flat side on the bristly head that can be used to scrape without scratching. Dry the area afterwards.
Cleaning Inflatable Pools
If you want to clean and save the pool
My general pool cleaning advice applies. Scoop leftovers up into buckets, watering it down and mixing it around to thin it if need be. Then tip it down the drain or flush it down the loo. Then tip a bucket of warm soapy water into your pool, and give it a good scrub around with a brush. Now scoop all that out and tip it away or flush the water. If your paint was very pigmented you might need to do this a couple of times to get everything.
Keep the pool inflated the whole time, and clean the sides of the pool with a few microfibre cloths, a soft brush and a cleaning spray. Then with it still inflated, stand it up against a wall and use the cleaning spray and cloths all over it.
Dry the pool thoroughly with towels and kitchen roll and then allow to thoroughly air dry, still inflated, before trying to pack it away. If any moisture remains when you deflate and fold it to store it, it will go mouldy.
Step by step
I recently wrote an even more in depth guide to pool cleaning with step by step instructions from prep to finish, and my thoughts on wet/dry vacuums and lining the pool with plastic. To read that, go here
If you want to throw away the pool
If you used a small pool and a bucket or less of mess in total, you may be able to simply pop it and put it into a bin bag. If you do this, secure the first bin bag and then add another to be sure of no leaking. I often use three bin bags with this method, and with any other messy things that have to be thrown away.
If you used a large inflatable pool and a large amount of mess, you'll need to scoop out and flush everything before trying to bag it, or it will be too heavy. 10 litres is one bucket, and is the equivalent of 10kg. Even if you are strong enough to lift it easily, you risk the bin bag tearing if the contents are too heavy.
Flushing The Leftovers
If you are connected to a normal waste water system You can flush pretty much everything except oil. If you have a septic tank, please see the separate advice. I have never happened upon a loo that can’t handle mess being flushed down it.
If any appears to be blocking the loo, use a sink or bath tap to fill a bucket with water and pour the water from a height on top of the blockage… wiggle around a loo brush too, or even your hand if it comes to it.
Flush after each bucket, and make sure you give time for the loo tank to refill before expecting it to flush again. Repeat this as necessary and then check after an hour or two that nothing remains in the bottom of the loo. If you are disposing of very thick gunge, it may be better to only half fill your buckets, and mix water into each one so that it becomes runnier and flushes easier.
If you have a septic tank, you won’t be able to flush leftovers down the loo. Instead you will need a series of bags, and absorbent puppy pads, or wood pellet cat litter, as much as it takes to absorb all your leftovers. Triple bag it all with very strong bin bags, securing each layer, and take it all to your local tip, to the general waste area.
Ideally take them into the shower with you to rinse them off a little and squeeze them out. Be careful with water temperature if any items are dark in colour in case the colour runs. Then wrap them up in a large clean towel or two, or drop them into a clean bucket so they don’t drip on the way to your washing machine.
Be mindful of the weight, wet or sploshed clothes are often heavy, so don't overload your machine. Give them one washing cycle with no laundry liquid, and then another washing cycle or two with the usual amount of laundry liquid and fabric conditioner.
Underwear, Lingerie, Tights & Stockings
Put tights and lingerie items in zip up mesh laundry bags, separate from each other. It's especially important to keep them separate from bras or anything with clasps or fastenings, as they will get snagged and rip and be difficult to untangle.
You could also keep them separate to hand wash on their own. Bras, teddies, babydoll nighties, basques etc all need their own zip up mesh laundry bags, or like with tights and stockings, keep them separate for thorough hand washing individually.
You can wash most shoes in the sink with warm soapy water as though you were washing dishes. Some shoes like trainers and flat ballet pumps can instead be put into a zip up mesh laundry bag and washed in the washing machine.
To dry shoes, stuff them with newspaper or kitchen paper and leave them somewhere warm, but away from direct heat
For wigs, hand washing is best. Be very gentle and use shampoo twice, rinsing each time. Then liberally soak it with hair conditioner and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Brush it out gently with a wet brush - a wet brush is a great invention and is the name of the brand. It's very gentle and good for head hair too.
Rinse thoroughly and wrap it in a towel, then apply pressure to dry it a little, do not rub it. Then keep away from direct heat to dry it, preferably hanging on something rounded to help it keep its shape, like a mannequin head.
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