Children and adults are fond of adding stuffed toys to their collections; it can be at their bedside or showcase or their drawing room, whatever suits their home decor the best. Stuffed toys are the best partners and have always had a special place in their hearts and homes.
For example, we all have heart pillows decorated around our bedside, adding beauty and a cozy environment to the surroundings. The heart pillow has a sentimental connection to our childhood because we always used to carry teddy bears to our bed or wherever we went because they were our friends that we trusted for everything.
As we feel connected with stuffed toys, we also need to take care of them, putting all our effort into ensuring they stay with us for a long time. This blog explores the different tips to take care of your stuffed toys.
Here are some tips to make sure your toys remain at their best:
The first rule of taking care of your stuffed toys or anything else is to spot-clean them regularly. If you see any stains or spills on your stuffed toy, grab a damp cloth or sponge and gently spot-clean the affected area. Avoid harsh chemicals or bleach, which can damage the fabric and color. Instead, use a mild detergent, baking soda, and water mixture to help remove stubborn stains.
Another best way to ensure your stuffed toys are clean is by washing them by hand. Hand washing lets you put the proper pressure on your stuffed toy, avoiding damage. This also ensures that they are cleaned properly and in the appropriate manner. For example, someone gave you a Valentine panda bear, and you are looking for ways to ensure they are clean and stay with you longer. To do so, fill a sink or basin with lukewarm water and add some mild detergent. Avoid scrubbing or twisting the toy, as it can damage the stuffing or shape. Once you’ve washed the toy, rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
Rinse and Squeeze
After washing, gently squeeze the toy to remove as much water as possible. Avoid wringing or twisting the toy, as it can damage the fabric or stuffing. Once you’ve removed excess water, lay the toy flat on a clean towel and carefully shape it back to its original form. Use another towel to blot and absorb any remaining moisture.
The most crucial step in caring for your stuffed toys is to let them air dry completely. Never put them in the dryer or use heat to dry them, as it can damage the fabric and melt any glued-on parts. Instead, lay the toy flat on a clean towel or hang it up to dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources as they can fade the fabric and color.
Wash and Bag
If you plan to store your stuffed toys for an extended period, washing them beforehand is best to remove any dirt or bacteria. Follow the steps mentioned above to hand wash and air dry the toys. Once completely dry, place them in a plastic bag or container to protect them from dust and moisture. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
Dry and Fluff
Over time, stuffed toys can become flattened or lose their shape. Please place them in the dryer on a low or no-heat setting with some clean tennis balls or dryer balls to bring them back to life. This will help fluff up the toy and restore its shape. Please avoid using heat; it can damage the fabric and melt any glued-on parts.
Caring for your beloved stuffed toys is not just a task but a gesture of love and preservation. By following these tips into their care routine, you can extend the life and vibrancy of these cherished companions, such as your heart pillows. Regular cleaning, gentle handling, proper storage, and occasional repairs can keep your favorite stuffed toys looking and feeling their best for years. Remember, the bond between you and your stuffed toys transcends mere objects; it’s a testament to cherished memories and enduring affection. So, invest the time and effort to maintain these cuddly friends, and they’ll continue to bring joy and comfort for a long, delightful journey ahead.