How to Surface Wash a Stuffed Animal

Stuffed animals can become covered with dirt, dust and debris often, especially when a child plays with the toy frequently. Stuffed animals need to be cleaned regularly to remove allergens and to keep them in good condition. While most stuffed animals are washed in a laundry machine, tags on fragile stuffed animals often read "surface clean only." Cleaning the stuffed animal by hand can help return the toy to its original condition.

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Surface wash your child's favorite stuffed animal to keep it in good condition.

Step 1

Remove dust from the stuffed animal by vacuuming it with a brush or upholstery attachment.

Step 2

Soak a washcloth with warm and soapy water. Wring out the excess water.

Step 3

Wipe the washcloth across the surface of the stuffed animal.

Step 4

Rinse off the stuffed animal with a washcloth and clean water. Wring out the excess water from the washcloth to prevent saturating the stuffed animal.

Step 5

Allow the stuffed animal to air dry. Blow-dry the toy with a hair dryer to aid in the drying process.

Step 6

Brush the stuffed animal with a hairbrush to straighten out the fur or hair.