Cleaning your Steiff bear isn’t as catastrophic as it may seem. You can actually clean and wash stuffed animal toys without injuring them, not even a smidge. To help you with that, here is a list of tips and hacks to guide you along. Now read up and make sure you take some notes!
#1: The Damp Cloth Trick
If your toy’s got a subtle stain or dirt that doesn’t need a full on washing, immediately wipe it down using a damp cloth. In a bowl, mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid with a bowl of water. Dunk a clean cloth and wring out excess water. Slowly wipe the toy repeatedly in one motion. Then repeat this again but rinse out the cloth and damp it with only water this time. Doing this takes out the dirt and the earlier you do it the faster it will come off.
#2: Shake ‘Em Baking Soda
Do you have a funny smelling bear? There’s nothing that baking soda cannot fix! Before you wash it, place it in a plastic bag and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda. Shake it around and leave it closed for thirty minutes. Proceed to washing and let it dry. Voila! It’s going to smell brand new.
#3: The Pillow Case Armor
If you don’t want to hand wash your teddy, you can use your washing machine. But before you submerge your toy into the water, place it inside a pillow case and zip it close. This shall protect the toy from the pressure within the machine and it shall also keep all accessories intact.
#4: The Brain Freeze Technique
In the unfortunate event that your teddy bear has been infested with molds and bugs, you’ll be left with nothing else to do but change up the stuffing. But before you do so, place the toy inside a sealed plastic bag and freeze it inside your fridge for two straight days. That should kill all the bugs and their eggs so when you wash and replace the stuffing, there’ll be no traces of them anymore.
#5: Emergency Hotline How May I Help You
If your Steiff bear is in a state of comma… Okay we may be exaggerating but should your toy be severely stained or damaged then we suggest bringing it to an expert repair shop especially if the Steiff product you have is a limited edition or a vintage piece.