Let’s face it, teaching art is a messy job. Some days are messier than others. Some of my most memorable days of teaching involve a mess of some kind, and often, a stain or two.
I vividly remember one particular day during my first year of teaching. I was walking down the hall cheerfully swaying a gallon of yellow tempera paint back and forth. In fact, I was almost shaking it. All of a sudden, the lid popped off! I was covered head to toe in yellow paint. Lesson learned: never walk down the hall swaying a gallon of paint, ever! I never did get that paint out of my clothes.
Luckily for me, I’ve learned a lot over the years from messy situations like this. Don’t get me wrong, I still make messes and get paint on my clothes, but I’ve found a quick solution for when messes happen: KiSS-OFF Stain Remover. It’s an absolute must have for every art teacher!
I’ve tried a lot of different stain removing tricks but KiSS-OFF is hands down my favorite. I have a stick at home, in my desk, and in my purse.
According to the stick, it’s “The All-In-One Cleaner for use on: lipstick, grease, grass stains, blood, oil paint, food, make up, mystery stains and more!” It can be used on cotton, synthetics, carpet, upholstery, and most fine fabrics.
To use, follow these simple directions.
(For dried or stubborn stains, let KiSS-OFF dry between applications. Then rinse with water or launder as needed.)
Viola! Stains disappear.
Of course like most stain removers, KiSS-OFF doesn’t guarantee that every stain will disappear, but I can say I’ve been very happy with the amount and variety of stains KiSS-OFF has removed from my clothes and from my students’ clothes.
You can purchase KiSS-OFF online through Dick Blick, School Specialty, or Amazon for $3-$4.
I know art teachers are pros at getting out stains, so tell us:
What is the messiest stain you’ve ever had to deal with? Did you get it out?
What are your tricks for stain removal?