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Cleaning and restoring your stuffed animals and soft toys

Stuffed animals and soft toys soil rather quickly. Especially if they've been used as props by a photographic studio specializing in children's portraits.

This was the case with four Dr. Seuss stuffed toys recently dropped of at our facility by the owner of one such studio: one jumbo The Cat In The Hat plus 2 smaller versions, and one jumbo The Grinch.

Apparently the owner of the studio had come across one of our prior blog posts dealing with stuffed toys.

During the course of our discussion, she'd mentioned that these characters were used by her photographic studio as props. This got me thinking about all the germs, bacteria and viruses that these stuffed characters had been exposed to over the course of time. Which, in turn, got me thinking about the process we use to clean and detail baby strollers.

I told our client that we'd follow the recommended cleaning process on these stuffed toys (the care label stated "surface clean only") and that, instead of using an ordinary cleaner, we'd use the same specialized antimicrobial cleaner we use to clean baby strollers.

The cleaner in question is a pH neutral, biodegradable cleaner containing surfactants, citrus and hydrogen peroxide.

It's a combination degreaser, deodorizer (kills odor causing bacteria), sanitizer (kills 99.99% of common bacteria, including Staph, Salmonella, Strep and E-coli) and virucide (kills 99.9% of specified viruses, including Herpes 2, Influenza A2/Japan, HIV-1 and Hepatitis B).

Of course, we could have used an ordinary, household cleaner like ordinary cleaners. But we're RAVE FabriCARE. And ordinary just wouldn't cut it. So from now on, we'll be cleaning all stuffed animals and soft toys using this specialized antimicrobial cleaner.

The results were spectacular: bright colors and pristinely clean. Here are some before and after photos of the toys we cleaned....


Toys 627
Toys 629 Toys 628



The Grinch (Jumbo)

After 640 After 642
After 641


The Cat In The Hat (Jumbo)

After 645
After 646 After 647
After 648


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1 comment(s) for “Cleaning and restoring your stuffed animals and soft toys”
  1. Gravatar of Wayne
    Wayne Says:
    Wow! That is a great job, you did, congratulations! I had not really thought of the amount of gems, bacteria and viruses in each of these toys. Keep up the good work!
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