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5 simple steps to keep your wooden toys clean and long-lasting by blue brontide uk

5 Simple Steps to Keep Your Wooden Toys Clean & Long-Lasting

Wooden toys are a timeless eco-friendly addition to any toy collection, cherished for their durability and classic look. However, if not properly cared for, they can become worn and damaged over time. By following these 5 simple and essential cleaning steps, you can ensure your child's favourite wooden toys stay clean, looking like new, and last for many years to come.

To make sure you get the longest life out of your Blue Brontide wooden toys,  follow our: 

5 Essential Steps for Keeping Your Wooden Toys Looking Like New

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1. Start with a gentle clean
The first step to keeping your wooden toys clean and long-lasting is to start with a gentle cleaning. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the toy and remove any dirt or debris. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the smooth surface of your wooden toys. For tough grime or stuck-on residue, try using a simple mixture of warm water and vinegar to help break it down before wiping it away. (Never soak wooden toys—it'll cause them to swell and change shape.) Once your toy is clean, remember to dry it off completely before storing or playing with it again. 


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2. Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners that could damage the wood or finish. 
When it comes to cleaning your child's wooden toys, it's important to stick to mild and natural cleaners. Avoid any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that could damage the delicate wood, paint or finish and could be toxic to little ones who are still putting toys in their mouths. Instead, opt for a simple mixture of water and mild soap like castile soap. You can also use white or apple cider vinegar diluted with water in a 1:1 or less ratio for a more natural alternative. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions regarding acceptable cleaning solutions for your specific wooden toy.

3. Dry completely after cleaning to prevent warping or mould growth. 
After cleaning your child's wooden toys, it's important to dry them completely to prevent the wood warping or mould growth. Wipe the toy down with a clean, dry cloth, removing any excess water that may have been left behind during the cleaning process. If necessary, you can also use a fan or air dry the toy in a well-ventilated area to ensure all moisture has evaporated before storing or using again. It's essential to properly care for and maintain your child's wooden toys to keep them looking like new and safe for playtime. 

4. Store wooden toys in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight and moisture. 
Proper storage is crucial in maintaining the appearance and safety of your child's wooden toys. After cleaning and drying them, store them in a dry, cool place where they won't be exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. This will prevent warping, cracking, or decay due to humidity and temperature changes. You can use a toy chest with proper ventilation or keep them on shelves away from walls to allow for proper air circulation. Additionally, avoid storing toys near radiators, fireplaces or anywhere where the temperature may fluctuate greatly as this can cause damage over time. Following these simple steps will ensure that your child's wooden toys are always in top condition, promoting safe playtime and prolonging their lifespan.


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5. Check for any signs of wear or damage, and repair or replace as needed to keep your child's toys safe and long-lasting.
Regularly inspecting your child's wooden toys for any signs of wear or damage can help you identify potential safety hazards and prevent accidents. Look for splinters, cracks, chips, or loose parts that could pose choking hazards or cause injury. If you notice any damage, repair the toy immediately with non-toxic glue or sand scuffs and marks with a high grit sand paper. Likewise, make sure that all parts and pieces are securely attached to prevent them from coming loose during play. Taking these proactive steps will keep your child safe while playing with their favourite wooden toys for years to come.

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