How to Clean Construction Toys
Construction toys are fantastic toys for children. They can play these toys either inside of the house or outside. It really does not matter because these toys are fun and easy to play. However after a few play sessions these toys are guaranteed to be covered with dirt and grime. One thing parents do not want to see is their kids playing with dirty and grimy toys. Cleaning dirty construction toys help parents keep their children away from harmful germs and bacteria.
How often should you clean construction toys?
This entirely depends on your child’s playing habits. Most experts recommend cleaning construction toys or any toy for that matter on a weekly basis, except on a few occasions. For instance, you would need to clean construction toys every after play session if your child brings his toys outside or if was playing with other children. It is also highly recommended to clean construction toys the moment you notice that it is already dirty.
Read labels and care instructions
The first and probably the most important thing you need to do before cleaning your construction toys is determining how the toy should be cleaned per the toy’s manufacturer. Most of the time, care instructions are included in the packaging or manual. If you have thrown it away, do not worry. You can visit check your manufacturer’s website for the information you need or contact their support department.
Keep it natural
When it comes to choosing a cleaning solution, it is entirely up to you. Mild cleaning detergent is recommended if you do not want to go natural. However if you want to keep it natural you can use vinegar, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or Castile soap. Vinegar and baking soda are common household items and are known for their natural cleaning properties. Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap that is free from harmful chemicals like parabens, bleach, formaldehyde and more.
Use a spray bottle
Using a spray bottle is not necessary but could help a lot especially if you are cleaning a wooden construction toy. Spray bottles help you control how much water or cleaning solution you would use to clean your construction toy.
Dishwasher or a bucket of soapy water
If you are a busy parent and want to get things done quickly including cleaning your child’s construction toys, you probably opted to buy a plastic construction toy. Most plastic construction toys (non-battery operated) are dishwasher safe but confirm if your construction toy is indeed dishwasher safe before tossing it into your dishwasher. Your detergent and cleaning machine will all do the cleaning for you while you do other household chores. Alternatively, if you do not own a dishwasher you can use a bucket filled with soapy water instead.
Never soak or submerge
Wood is a porous material which means you should never soak or submerge your wooden construction toys in water or any kind of liquid cleaning solution. Otherwise, your wooden construction toy would absorb water and moisture and it would become swollen. You would end up with a deformed or damaged toy.
Use a clean damp cloth
Remove obvious dirt and grime from your construction toy by scrubbing gently using a sponge or an unused toothbrush. Clean your wooden construction toys by wiping them with a clean damp cloth while occasionally spraying some of the cleaning solution you prepared in a spray bottle. Make sure to wipe your construction toy thoroughly to remove all excess water and liquid cleaning solution to prevent residue.
You can either air dry or sun dry your construction toys after cleaning them. When sun drying, make sure not to leave your construction toys for an extended period because the heat of the sun while good in killing germs and bacteria, it also damages the finish of your construction toy.
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