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How to Clean Your Child's Teddy Bear

It is important to wash your child’s favourite teddy bear regularly to make sure it is soft, clean and hygienic. So, do you want to know how to clean a big teddy bear? The following guide will help you clean your teddy bear in no time!


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Children love to play with their favourite toys & sometimes even bite & chew them. Hence it is very important to keep the teddy bear clean all the time!  You should know how to clean their toys so your child can enjoy a care-free playtime.

In this article, we are going to take you through simple ways of cleaning a teddy bear. It is easy; just make sure that they are washed with care, by following our guide.

It’s important to be gentle. Always read the label, and use a laundry detergent like  Surf Excel to get the perfect clean teddy bear!

Cleaning the Teddy Fur:

Sometimes, the teddy bear has just a few spots on it. It could be some ice cream or chocolate, which has gotten onto its paws. The best way to deal with this is as follows:


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Step 1:

First, read the label to figure out the cleaning advice.

Step 2:

When there are just a few spots, it is often okay to lightly dampen the stained area. Be careful; do not to soak it too much!

Step 3:

Take a microfiber cloth, and apply a small amount of Surf Excel. Again, remember to read the label, and test it on a small area of the teddy before cleaning it entirely.

Step 4:

Gently dab the stain away.

Step 5:

Clean the stained area with a clean, damp cloth. Putting the teddy bear under running water is also an option, but make sure that it does not become too soaked with water.

Step 6:

Let the clean teddy bear dry by keeping in on a towel or hanging it somewhere airy in the house.

Usually, the quicker the better when it comes to cleaning your child’s favourite toy, so make sure you check the label to see whether it can be machine washed or needs to be hand washed.

Cleaning a Teddy Bear in the Washing Machine

Again, make sure to check the label! Teddy bears which are made out of natural fibres like wool or those stuffed with foam are not meant to be machine washed. Furthermore, it is best if you keep old, fragile or teddy bears with a lot of buttons and embellishments out of the washing machine.

When teddy bears are allowed to be machine washed, follow the following instructions:

-Remove any items of clothing that can be taken off from the teddy

-Stitch up any holes or tears and cut off loose or hanging threads

-Put the teddy bear in a pillow cover to protect it

-Wash the teddy bear on delicate or on hand-wash cycle setting with Surf Excel detergent

How To Hand Wash a Teddy Bear

Old teddy bears are often a little more fragile, so they should be spot-cleaned or taken to a dry cleaner. However, if you think the old teddy bear can be hand-wash, follow these steps:

Step 1:

Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

Step 2:

Fill up a bowl with normal temperature water, and add some Surf Excel detergent. Read the instructions carefully.

Step 3:

Soak & rub the teddy bear gently.

Step 4:

Drain the soapy water and rinse the teddy bear until all the soap has been washed off.

Step 5:

Squeeze the teddy bear to remove any water, and then put the clean teddy bear in the shade to avoid damaging the old materials.

Do not soak it in hot water as this might damage the materials of your child’s favourite teddy bear. Plus, if it is not of good quality, the colour can leak and fade away.

Now, cover the clean teddy bear with a towel, to soak up any water from the bear, and put it to dry in the shade.

This way, the direct sunlight will not harm the teddy bear, and it will not become stiff. Afterwards, brush the bear to fluff up the fur again, and watch your child enjoy his or her favourite clean teddy bear again!

Key Steps:

  • The label on your child’s teddy bear should provide you with washing guidelines
  • Do not put the teddy bear in hot water as this could damage its fabric and fur
  • Put the teddy bear in a pillow cover before putting in the washing machine, which protects the teddy bear from any accidents
  • Let the clean teddy bear dry in the shade, as direct sunlight is often too harsh and might stiffen the fur of your child’s beloved soft toy

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