Basic Face Painting Hygiene Practices
*DISCLAIMER* I wrote this over a week ago, and things have changed and progressed. I also appreciate that I am very lucky to be in a position that I have no underlying health conditions, and might, therefore, have a different perspective to others.
Ok, so there’s lots of scary stuff in the news at the moment about corona virus, and I just thought I would take this opportunity to talk about some basic hygiene practices while we’re on the job. Jane did a GREAT blog a while ago about how she keeps her kit clean, so I will link that for you to look at as well!
1 Wash your hands before you set up
2 Ask the host to ask all children to wash their hands (and ask parents to wipe any snotty noses or dirty faces) before they have their faces painted
3 One sponge per child, and keep used sponges separate to clean sponges. I have a 2 laundry bag system. Clean sponges in a pink laundry bag that hangs off the back of my chair, and used sponges in a large pocket attached to my chair, with the other laundry bag.
4 Clean your stencils between each child. I bring a towel with me and attach it to my brush belt. Spritz your stencil down with water and dry it on the towel
5 Paints have antibacterial properties in them, and you can damage them by trying to clean them with anything other than water.
6 Don’t paint any children exhibiting any signs of illness, or who have a rash, or broken skin.
7 Have a Multi Pot water system. You could put some brush bath in the first pot before rinsing everything off in the second, and even 3rd pot if you want.
8 Deep clean all your brushes when you get home, using a brush soap.
9 If you’re going straight from one job to another, carry some Isopropyl Alcohol in a spray bottle and give your brushes a spritz.
10 Keep your kit clean. Not only does this help stop the spread of germs, but it looks so much more professional!
So there you go, just some basic hygiene tips for while you’re on the job! The other thing you may want to think about, is what does your contract say about cancellation due to force majeure? You need to know that both you and your client are protected. Food for thought!
There are new developments with Coronavirus every day. Keep in touch with your clients, reassure them that you are taking their concerns seriously. Personally I am taking things on a day by day basis. Keep an eye on the news, but also look at the statistics, especially in comparison to other viruses.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below and I will get back to you when I can!