How to Clean Wooden Toys
How to Clean Wooden Toys
Wooden toys should only ever be cleaned using a damp cloth or sponge; no submersion in water is recommended, as this could cause them to expand and cause permanent swell. Soaking may also ruin any water-based paints or coatings used on them.
Instead, opt for mild cleaners or eco-friendly dish soap to ensure their needs are being met. Be sure to add oil or beeswax periodically so as to replenish any natural moisture lost through time.
Use a soft cloth
Keep wooden toys looking their best with just a few tips and regular care. Make sure that the toys don't get too damp as this could lead to mildew and warping; alternatively you could try natural cleaners like vinegar to clean and sanitize. Prior to using it as an antisanitizer it should first be cleansed first to maximize effectiveness.
Wood toys should be regularly cleaned using a soft cloth to remove dust, dirt, cobwebs and debris such as cobwebs. You may also scrub with a soft brush if there are stubborn stains or grime build-up that cannot be easily brushed away with just cloth cleaning. Avoid using harsh cleaners like bleach-based solutions which could potentially damage or chip the paint and wood finishes of wooden toys.
Solutions of warm water and vinegar can help remove grime from wooden toys used by children, removing stubborn stains while leaving their toys looking as new. For preventive maintenance purposes, wood conditioner can also help preserve colour and moisture content for maximum play value.
Do not wash wooden toys in hot or running water as this could cause them to expand and distort in shape, while placing them in a dishwasher could ruin their water-soluble paints.
Instead, create your own natural cleaning solution by mixing equal parts vinegar or gentle soap with water in a 1:1 ratio. Dip a cloth in this solution and use it to wipe down each toy's surface; spray this solution directly over large outdoor wooden toys like playhouses as well.
Once your wooden toys have been thoroughly scrubbed clean, rinse them under warm water until all soap residue has been eliminated. Allowing them to air-dry in direct sunlight may help hasten this process and kill any remaining germs; then they're ready for storage away in an area away from direct sunlight as prolonged sun exposure can cause their colour fade and crack over time.
Soak in a solution of water and vinegar
Wooden toys are naturally antimicrobial and germs don't stay on them for as long as plastic toys. According to one study, bacteria survive for 24 hours on plastic before dying off completely on wooden toys - while this may seem promising, it remains important that wooden toys be cleaned on a regular basis and wipe down surfaces that come into contact with saliva, spit, vomit or nasal secretions produced during feverish illness or when teething occurs. This includes any toys used during feverish spells or teething pain.
Instead of resorting to commercial cleaning solutions or disinfectant wipes, mixing warm water with eco-friendly dishwashing liquid (one part soap to four parts water) or white vinegar makes a natural cleaning product without toxic chemicals that could harm children if swallowed by mouth. Keep some solution handy in a spray bottle to quickly spray down wooden toys when they become grimy.
Doing regular maintenance on wooden toys will keep them looking their best and avoid cracking or chipping over time. A great way to do this is adding a few drops of edible oil into warm, soapy water before wiping your toys down with a cloth afterwards.
Saturating wooden toys in water can cause them to expand and change their form, so instead spray a solution of this mixture on them before wiping with a cloth. For toys with severe stains or dirtiness, baking soda on cloth or toothbrush may help scrub away dirt; but be careful not to apply too much pressure as this could scrape off their finish or paint finish!
Once your wooden toys are clean and painted, be sure to let them air dry completely before placing them outside on a sunny day - sun's UV rays will quickly kill any remaining germs and speed up drying time. After they're dry you can treat any remaining stains using either 1:1 vinegar and water mixtures or rub down with sandpaper.
Spray with a solution of water and dishwashing liquid
Wooden toys are durable and more environmentally-friendly than their plastic counterparts, yet still need to be cleaned regularly in order to remain in top condition. Instead of resorting to chemical-laden disinfectant wipes or sprays for wooden toys cleaning needs, natural solutions like white vinegar and water may prove more suitable as a natural cleaning option which won't leave behind a toxic residue that could endanger your child's health if they ingest the toy themselves.
As with cleaning wooden toys, using gentle cleaners such as soap or bleach is paramount to their long-term survival. Aim to make your own non-toxic toy cleaner using warm water mixed with eco-friendly dish soap (either eco-friendly dish soap or vinegar-water solution works perfectly) in a spray bottle before wetting a cloth with this solution and wiping down each surface on each toy before wiping down each toy separately.
Once you have thoroughly cleaned and dried your wooden toys, let them air dry - which should only take minutes. To speed up this process further, place them outside in direct sunlight; just be careful that too long of an exposure could lead to their paint fading!
Once a week, or especially when your children have been sick and have played with their favorite toys, wooden toys should be cleaned thoroughly to remove germs or colds that have infiltrated them from other sources such as saliva, sweat or bodily secretions. You should also clean any teething rings used for teething/sucking (rattles/rings etc) since these will have come into direct contact with saliva/sweat/body secretions from teething/sucking (rattles etc) which come into contact with saliva/sweat/body secretions etc from you or other sources and thus need regular wiping down for optimal hygiene!
By following these simple guidelines, it's easy to keep your children's wooden toys in great shape for years of playback - even into adulthood when passed along to their own kids!
Let them air dry
Wooden toys don't become exposed to bacteria and viruses like plastic ones do, yet they still collect dust and dirt - making regular cleaning crucial.
Clean toys regularly - or at least every few weeks or once every month should suffice - in order to maintain their beautiful appearance. You can use natural cleaners like vinegar or soap and water solutions (beware!), then allow them to air dry before placing back into their toy boxes.
Clean your wooden toys regularly using disinfectant wipes to ensure they remain germ-free, just make sure you read the label and follow its instructions - most disinfectants require certain contact time in order to kill germs effectively. After wiping, rinse with potable water and let the toy dry before using again.
Wooden toys are made of natural materials and therefore make an excellent choice for children with allergies or sensitivities to chemicals found in other toys. Furthermore, wooden toys can become family heirlooms while providing hours of imaginative play time - even becoming favorites among their parents!
Keeping wooden toys looking their best requires giving them regular protection with sealer. Doing this will prevent cracking over time while adding natural shine that makes the toys beautiful.
Although you can purchase commercial sealers, making your own sealer at home can save money. Simply combine equal parts of water and linseed oil, adding beeswax for increased effectiveness. Furthermore, once sealed you should apply a thin layer of wax every few months on all wooden toys to help protect against abrasions, stains, scratches and discoloration while also keeping them shiny. Olive or mineral oil may serve as alternatives if none is available to use instead of beeswax