Teddy bear care and cleaning may not be something you have given much thought to. But if you want your bears to always look their best and remain in good condition then it is something that needs a little thought and time.
What Can Damage Your Teddy Bear?
- Sunlight - Unfortunately leaving your bear near a window or in direct sunlight will over time cause the colour of the fur to fade. This really is a shame and will make your bear look shabby.
- Dust - yes good old dust. It will cause your bear to turn a rather grubby shade of gray and if not cleaned will become ingrained to the point that no amount of cleaning will return your bear to their full glory.
- Handling - As much as we love out teddy bears and want to hug and hold them, too much handling can cause the material to weaken and tear. Joints may also become loose and in some cases limbs may even fall off, yikes.
- Insects - Unfortunately insects do like to make home amongst warm and dark fabrics and teddy bears stuffing is a perfect home. Check for any signs of egg laying, especially in older bears around the ears and paw pads. If there are signs of infestation then treat with the appropriate insecticide before cleaning. This is an important part of teddy bear care.
How To Clean Your Bear
Protect Your Teddy
Storing A Teddy Bear
- Never store your bear in plastic. It can cause moisture to form and this in turn will cause mold.
- Wrap your bear in white acid free paper or calico bags to protect from dust.
- Cardboard boxes will help protect your bear from knocks and bangs, (but make sure the bear is wrapped in acid free tissue paper because the cardboard has acid that will destroy the bear. If you are living in Vancouver, I found acid free tissue paper sold in Granville Island at Opus Art Supplies - Janet H.)