Easy Steps to Keeping Wooden Toys Clean, Sanitary And In Good Condition
Although wooden toys are sturdy a little TLC can go a long way in making sure they retain their charm and last for many years to come. Here are some tips on how to clean and care for your wooden toys.
Finished vs. Unfinished
Wood tends to have naturally anti-bacterial properties which means that bacteria does not grow on it as easily as it would on say, a plastic surface. So, it’s likely that your wooden toys will not require extensive cleaning from everyday use. However, from time to time it will be necessary to properly clean your wooden toys, in which case it is important to pay close attention to whether your toy is “finished” or “unfinished”. At Treeclub Kids we “finish” our toys with beeswax and organic oils, however some of our toys are left “unfinished”, this basically means that the wood has been kept in its natural state. A toy that is “unfinished” will need to be cleaned differently from a toy that has had finishes applied to its surface.
Daily Cleaning And Maintenance
For daily maintenance of both finished and unfinished toys, simply wipe the surface with a dry cloth. Finished toys can be gently cleaned with a little water and a natural mild soap and then immediately patted dry to remove any moisture. A little beeswax polish like the Treeclub Kids Pure Beeswax Polish can also be applied to condition your wooden toy and keep it looking great. Unfinished toys, on the other hand, should only be wiped clean with a lightly dampened cloth to remove dirt or dust and then immediately patted dry.
Sanding To Restore Your Toy’s Smooth Texture
Over time you may notice that the texture of your toy has lost a bit of its smoothness. Or, if your wooden toy has accidentally gotten wet you may notice it has developed a rougher texture due to the wood grain becoming raised from the excess moisture. To get it feeling satin smooth again simply go over it with a high-grit sanding paper or sanding sponge.
Avoid Heat, Humidity And Changes In Temperature
Care should also be taken not to leave wooden toys outside in the elements for extended periods of time. Wooden toys can be affected by heat, humidity and changes in temperature causing the wood to swell or crack and lead to breakage.
NEVER soak or submerge your wooden toy in water
NEVER put it in the dish washer
NEVER use bleach or harsh detergents as it can damage the wood and cause it to dry out or crack
NEVER clean wooden toys with furniture polish as it contains toxic chemicals that could be absorbed by the toy making it harmful for your child
With proper care and maintenance you will find that your wooden toy will far outlast their plastic counterparts and will provide many years of play and enjoyment.
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