How Do You Clean Montessori Toys
Sometimes it is very hard to keep your kids away from germs and bacteria. They love touching everything, especially if they are toys. This is why cleaning Montessori toys can be hard for busy parents with little kids. Even if a toy is made from the best materials, germs and bacteria can still get on the surface of the toy, making it unsafe for your child to play with. There are not only harmful germs and bacteria that can get on toys, but also dust. Below you will find tips on how to clean your Montessori toyss properly so that your children can enjoy playing with clean toys.
Never soak or submerge
Your Montessori toys are made from wood and wood is a porous material. This means your toy will absorb moisture and liquid if you soak or submerge it in water or any kind of liquid solution. When your toy absorbs moisture or liquid, moisture is locked inside the pores of your Montessori toy and it would take a long time for it to fully dry and there is no way of telling if it is really dry. Keep in mind that mould thrives in moist environments. Additionally, it will swell and you will end up with a deformed or damaged toy.
Natural is the way to go
Wood is a natural material so it is highly recommended to use natural cleaning products. You can buy natural multipurpose cleaners or use common household items like vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is popular for its natural antibacterial properties and has been used as a cleaning agent for many years. Baking soda, another common household item and also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a fantastic cleaning agent especially if you are dealing with stubborn stains.
Prepare your Montessori toys for cleaning
You can make the entire cleaning process easy by simply preparing your Montessori toys for cleaning. Remove any obvious dirt and grime from your Montessori toys using a sponge or unused toothbrush. Scrub or brush gently to avoid damage to your Montessori toys’ paint finish.
Use a spray bottle
Using a spray bottle prevents you from drenching your Montessori toys with the cleaning solution you prepared because it allows you to control how much cleaning solution goes into your Montessori toy.
Use a clean cloth
Wipe your Montessori toys clean with a cloth while occasionally spraying it with your cleaning solution. Make sure to wipe all surfaces and every nook and cranny for a thorough cleaning. Remove any excess cleaning solution from your Montessori toy to avoid leaving any residue. This is especially important if your child has developed a nasty habit of putting anything into his mouth. Wipe dry with another cloth before drying.
Drying your Montessori toy after cleaning should be pretty straightforward. You can either air dry overnight or sun dry during the day. When sun drying, make sure not to leave your Montessori toy under the sun for an extended amount of time because the heat of the sun while a good natural antibacterial, could also cause damage to your Montessori toy’s paint.
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