Cleaning stuffed animals is an inevitability. If your little one carries his or her favorite plush toy everywhere, it’s bound to collect some dust and dirt. The good news is, more and more manufacturers are making toys that can go through a washing machine on a gentle cycle. The bad news is, if the stuffed animal is older, like a family heirloom, this might not be the best idea.
Cleaning Stuffed Animals
We get a lot of questions every day from our customers, and one of the most coming is, “How do you recommend I clean my stuffed animal?” Their circumstances vary, as some are talking about dust, others hard stains. This article will give you some helpful tips and methods to keep your child’s favorite plush toy fresh and clean.
Let’s face it; dust is everywhere. As most stuffed animals are made from a polyester/cotton blend, these fabrics have tendency to collect dust. If it’s lighter in color, say a tan teddy bear, eventually enough will collect that the color distorts. We recommend using a light brush or dust cloth to loosen it from the fabric. Then, if you have a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment, periodically use it to collect the dust.
Please note that this might not be the best idea for long-haired stuffed animals, as the fur is likely to separate from the animal if pulled to hard
This is the method we recommend most-highly as it is the least destructive to the plush. If it’s just a small spot or stain, you can use warm water, diluted liquid soap, and a small gentle brush. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residual detergent. If you’re worried the soap might damage the plush, you use club soda instead. If it’s a tough stain, you might try an oxygen-based stain remover like OxiClean.
If the problem is not stains, but odor, you can sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda over the stuffed animal. Put it inside of a pillow case or plastic bag, shake, and leave for about a half hour or so. This will absorb the oil on the plush and help eliminate the odor. Wipe the powder off with a damp paper towel.
Professional Dry Clean
If the stuffed animal is irreplaceable, either because it’s personalized with embroider or has been discontinued by the manufacturer, many professional dry cleaners will take care to remove any stains without risking damaging the plush with detergent or water. This, of course, will cost more than a do-it-yourself method, but is worth it to protect something of great sentimental value.
I hope this article has been helpful. If you have an questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.