Dusty soft toys

by Julie Finch-Scally

If your bedroom is like mine there are a large number of soft toys displayed. If your bedroom is also like mine, those soft toys are somewhat dusty. In fact last week I looked at the large penguin which should have been black over its head and down its back, and the fur was covered with so much dust it was starting to look white.

For a cleaner to have soft toys in such a bad condition was not a very good advertisement so I had to take the penguin outside and give it a bash with my hand. You have no idea how much dust flew up into the air. Even the penguin gave me that happier look when I put it back in its place.

Soft toys are great harbourers of dust. The smaller ones get dusty but don’t show it, where as the larger the toy the more the dust is noticeable. And as my penguin was large and black the white dust was extremely noticeable.

I find the easiest way to get soft toys clean is to shake and hit them with the heel of the hand or if possible pile them all in a large broken plastic box with a hole at one end into which the end of the vacuum hose can be placed and shake the box while the vacuum is running. You would be surprised at the amount of dust this removes from the toys. You will need a filter such as a section of an old stocking over the hose hole to stop small toys being sucked into the vacuum.

As most soft toys just sit and look pretty there is no need to wash them. If you have a child that uses a soft toy as a security blanket then that specific toy will need to be washed. It can be by hand or in the washing machine.

Which ever way you should choose to wash that toy, firstly place it in a bras bag. This stops the toy being flattened when being squeezed or spun to remove the excess water. It also helps stop the loss of small stuck on parts on the toy.

Whilst cleaning the toys give the area where they sit a wipe over with a damp cloth then wipe down with a dry tea towel or absorbent cloth. When the toys are clean they will have a dust free area to sit on.

You will never be able to stop dust building up on soft toys, but giving them a three monthly dust will help to keep them looking fresh and clean.


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