How to wash soft toys in the washing machine?
Soft toys are a must-have accessory for every home with children. Sometimes the collection of such toys reaches up to fifty, or even more pieces. Unfortunately, in addition to the joy they bring to children, there are certain chores that go to parents. And now we are talking not only about the constant cleaning of things scattered throughout the apartment, but also about the fact that such objects often collect dust and dirt, even when they are on a shelf. What can we say about toys with which children spend all day.
Children are very fond of their soft friends and do not tolerate even the slightest changes regarding their toys. That is why every parent should know how to wash soft toys in the washing machine.
Preparing toys for washing
First of all, it is necessary to divide all things for washing into several groups according to size, type of filler or by the following criteria:
- toys with an internal musical mechanism that cannot be reached;
- expensive fabrics requiring delicate washing, such as: silk, suede, plush and brocade;
- toys with small details sewn in the form of buttons, sequins, sequins and metal objects;
- trinkets made of materials with excellent properties: fur and silk, leather and lace.
Depending on whether you belong to a particular group, it will become clear: is it possible to send things to the washing machine or is it preferable to give preference to hand washing, dry cleaning. Gentle care is a good way out, but requires more time and effort than automatic processing.
It is very important not to rush to the start of washing, so as not to risk your baby’s favorite fun. Immediately before cleaning, if you are in doubt about the quality of the fabric and the filler, it is necessary to check the color fastness in a small area. For this action you will need a bandage, alcohol and just a couple of minutes of your time. On a piece of bandage you need to apply a little alcohol and wipe the material.
It is advisable to choose a site in an inconspicuous place - under the lowered ear or on the fold of a small part. If there is no stain left on the fabric, the bandage remains clean, you can safely wash it without worrying about further color changes.
The above actions will help to avoid such consequences as fading, molting, oxidation of metal parts, loss of shape and damage to decorative stripes. It is important to know exactly the material from which the toy is sewn, its filler, whether it can be machine washed at all. Most manufacturers indicate this information on tags. You can get acquainted with it by looking under the tail of a bunny, dog or bear, and then proceed according to the instructions.
Kids often sleep with their soft friends, smell them, put them on their faces, and sometimes even put them in their mouths, which is why it is very important to choose the right detergent.
When choosing a powder or gel, do not forget that many drugs cause an allergic reaction. This is especially important for young children with delicate and sensitive skin, prone to various types of rashes.
In the case of hand washing suitable baby or household soap, baby shampoo or shower gel. But not all stains can be washed with your hands, so a washing machine is often used for serious pollution. In this case, it is necessary to use baby powders specially created for these purposes, rinsing agents with gentle and hypoallergenic compounds. To minimize the loss of initial fluffiness, the use of an air conditioner is recommended, since hard water can damage the faux fur of animals.
Aggressive chemical components in ordinary powders can cause not only an allergic reaction, but also damage the material of the toy itself. For example, there is a high probability that the fabric will fade, the internal filler will fall off, and some plastic parts will lose pieces of paint.
After you have made sure that a soft friend can be machine washed, you should carefully examine it. You need to get all the batteries, music blocks and other solid electronic insides that could be damaged by contact with water. To do this, as a rule, all manufacturers of high-quality and expensive toys make special Velcro pockets that are easy to empty, and then again filled with a talking unit. If the laundry threatens to tear up the toy, it is better to use dry or surface cleaning.
Be sure to check if there are any open parts or protruding threads somewhere. If any are found, protection should be provided for these areas when washing. Otherwise, the toy runs the risk of being gutted, and everyone else is stuck with sticky filler.
Before loading the animal into the drum of the machine, it is advisable to place it in a special mesh bag that will protect the soft tissue from metal parts and contact with other objects. The regime must necessarily be delicate, after all, there are children's things inside. Water temperature - no more than 30-40 degrees. Do not forget that machine spin is strictly prohibited, otherwise your daughter’s favorite heart or son’s soft machine will inevitably change its original shape. It is necessary to squeeze out soft toys manually.
To be sure of the complete cleanliness of the toys and the absence of any chemicals in the fabric structure, it is recommended to rinse them additionally in a bowl of water, or simply increase the rinse time in the washing machine.
Large soft forms that do not fit in the machine are best washed by hand, or cleaned using baby shampoo or soap with a damp cloth.
It is worth noting that if the fabric is very faded or shed, it contained hazardous chemicals that are contraindicated for children. We'll have to remove this thing from the baby in order to protect it.
After washing, additional rinsing and manual spinning, soft toys should be dried before returning them to the child. The correct conduct of the drying process is just as important as the proper washing. So that in the end the baby gets his friend in excellent condition, you need to know some rules.
Many dry soft animals in limbo - a good option, but it is suitable only for small sizes and dense fabric that can not be stretched. Knitted toys require a special approach, as they are most prone to deformation during drying. They can not be hung, can only be laid out on a horizontal surface. It is recommended to place the toy on a towel, spread it out or shape it, and then wait until it is completely dry.
Another good option is to place wet items near the battery, the heat of which will dry much faster and without harming the appearance.
Often after drying, spools appear on the surface, they are easy to remove with a blade or a special machine.
In the event that your toy allows drying in limbo, it is recommended to do this outdoors, in a well-ventilated place, with access to the sun. This option will not only allow you to quickly dry, but also provide good ventilation of the product, relieve it of unwanted odors.
What toys can not be machine washed
There is a certain type of soft animals that cannot be machine washed. This is suitable only for hand washing, or dry cleaning. There are several signs that will help you make a choice:
- they are sewn from several types of fabrics at once;
- there are small glued objects: eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, bows or other decorative details;
- the toy easily stretches and changes shape, made of a very delicate and soft material;
- there are painted plastic parts that may be damaged by water or lose their color;
- the filler is made of different types of cereals, such as buckwheat or rice, as well as cotton or cotton;
- the material has a silk pile, which may lose its luster upon contact with water;
- The toy is equipped with an electronic fixed mechanism.
All of the above types of animals should be cleaned exclusively with a brush or a damp cloth. A suitable solution is prepared from soda by mixing it with water.
How to get rid of dust mites in soft toys
Unfortunately, dust mites have become very common parasites in recent times and, first of all, they appear on children's toys. You can get rid of these unpleasant guests, the main thing is to know exactly how to do this in the case of a toy.
For example, if your toys have no contraindications for washing with a machine, you can safely throw them inside and wash them at a temperature of 60 or 70 degrees. Do not forget to rinse it and dry it properly.
If contact with water is contraindicated for your soft friends, they are quietly placed in the freezer, just put them in a plastic bag and send them to the cold for three days. In winter, you can use the balcony. Frost is the best way to deal with dust mites. After the children's fun thaws, it will be not only clean, but also completely safe for the baby.
And finally, remember that it is advisable to clean the toys at least twice a year to be sure of their safety for your child. Do not postpone this process, the cleaner it will be in a child’s room, the calmer you can do your own thing.
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