Soft toys need proper care. They can spread germs and infection. Regular washing and caring prove helpful. Caring also ensures your soft toy will last for many years.
Washing is one technique parents can follow. Dry cleaning is also an effective method to care for plush animals.
- Not all soft toys are washable types
- Most toys may need basic care tips
- Dusting helps, if done every day
Caring is important as soft toys get damaged very soon. If the material quality is poor, then the toys may not survive months. If it is your kid’s playmate, then you have to take proper care of it.
- Germ-free Toys
You have to ensure the toys are germ-free. Soft toys may accumulate germs, very often. Kids play with the same toy, every day. So taking care of germs every day is important.
The disinfectant may prove helpful in most cases. It can also damage the inner material of your plush animals.
Thus you may have to follow a method that works best for your soft toy material.
- Dust After Every Outdoor Activity
If your kid enjoys outdoor activity playing with the soft toy, then microbes can infest it. These are deep-seated and so never easy to treat. If using disinfectant is not possible, then dusting is the only option left.
Dusting can clear the dust and debris particles, but not the microbes. Plush animals in most cases are easy to dry clean and disinfect.
- Machine Wash
The next best option you have is the machine wash technique. But this may not be applicable for all types of soft toys. It depends on the stuffing material quality.
For poor quality cotton material, machine wash is not advisable. The cotton gets damaged after a single wash. Your kid cannot play with the same toy any more.
Before machine wash, go through the instructions on the toy. Manufacturers provide with helpful washing tips for each toy.
- Hand Wash Technique
Hand washing is always a better choice for all types of plush animals. When handwashing, always use quality detergent and softener. You have to make your choice depending on fabric quality.
Avoid brushing the toy with tough brush action. You may damage the fabric material. Toys are usually delicate and get damaged with rough action.
- Vacuum Cleaning
Vacuum cleaning may be effective in most cases. This will never damage the fabric and stuff material. But when performing this task, ensure you select right pressure settings.
The high-pressure setting may never be advisable for soft toys. Vacuuming has its benefits as it eradicates microbes as well. It also cleans the dust and debris particles that are deep-seated.
Manufacturers often suggest vacuuming for most plush animals.
- Spot Treatment:
If the toy develops spots then you have to treat them. You can use baking soda to perform this task. Always ensure the color of the toy is safe to treat with baking soda.
If the toy is of good quality then this may never be an issue. You can use a baking soda solution that is mild. You should always select toys that are washable types. They are easy to maintain.