Taking care of one’s stuffed animals is essential to their survival. Adequate and proper upkeep will help ensure that wear and tear is slowed down and the toys are kept at their best shape in as much as possible.
Care and maintenance for these toys is not rocket science. It’s simpler than what one would initially assume. In fact, here are a few easy tricks that will serve as your guide as you give those stuffed animals their much deserved TLC.
- A handheld vacuum cleaner can do the trick. For toys that aren’t too dirty and would only require a few dusting, a good old vacuum can be pretty handy. Just make sure that it’s not placed at the highest setting to avoid damaging the fur or hair of the stuffed animal.
- Small stains may be spot treated. Let’s say that your juice accidentally soaked a small part of the toy’s limb. You don’t have to throw it in the wash just yet especially if the stuffing wasn’t drenched. A damp cloth can easily fix the dilemma. Just make sure to use a clean and white one to avoid transferring colors or staining the toy.
- One has to wash their toys every so often. A regular schedule should be part of their care routine. This can be done by hand or machine. In both cases, use lukewarm water and mild laundry detergent. Avoid bleach at all costs. If the latter is preferred, place the toy inside a mesh bag or a pillow case for added protection. Dry using a handheld dryer or a machine.
- Never expose them to direct heat for prolonged periods. This applies both in storing and even in washing and drying. High temperatures may cause their colors to fade or some accessories to melt.
- Keep them in a cool dry place that’s away from moisture. Open shelving, toy chests and even cabinets are great options. But make sure to do away with areas of the home that tend to develop a lot of humidity. The moisture can encourage the development of molds and even attract insects and rodents.
- Make it a point to brush their hair. Over time, they can get tangled and frizzy too. To keep one’s stuffed animals looking as pristine as ever, use a wide toothed brush or your own hand to comb through the toy. Easy-peasy right?
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