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Washing Sylvanians...


Well my sylvanians are veeery veery dusty and I was wondering if there were any more ways of cleaning them (No old toothbrushes in my house, my dad throws them out) I heard someone say you can wash them in water without them losing fur but I can't find that topic and I don't want to do it wrong in case my sylvanians lose fur so can anyone tell me exactly what to do??Or if there are other ways of cleaning you know about (and tried) please tell me!!

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You can get dust off with the sticky side of tape. I've also used a little lint roller but that's hard to get in the small places like ears, armpits and necks. That's where the tape works best. I have washed some in water- the ones I've gotten on ebay that are very grimy. I read someplace, either on this forum or on ehow that you can wash them in water but in other places I've seen not ever get them wet.

But I have. I fill the sink with warm water and soak them for a few minutes then use a soft toothbrush and liquid baby soap. It gets the dirt off very well. Then I dry them with a towel by squeezing them and then put them someplace to completely dry before I dress them.
Sometimes a little water gets in the tiny holes in their feet but that's why I only soak them for a few minutes. The thing I read said soak them for 15 minutes but it seems like the flocking would fall off if you soaked it that long.
But if yours are just really dusty I wouldn't get them wet because the water and dust will just turn into mud and be hard to get off. I'd use the tape or something sticky to lift the dust off.
A dry toothbrush works well to get a little dust off and make the flocking look fluffy and shiny. Ask your dad to save an old toothbrush for you next time instead of throwing it away.
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Hi I used tepid water and a bit of lidl washing powder non bio leave figure in water for about 30 seconds and use a baby tooth brush and in a clock wise motion gently wash the figure then rinse in cold water pat dry in a cotton cloth and put some where to finish drying fully if they are very dirty repeat after a few days it brings them up really good I washed a good few figures today
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I've used tape, too. I find it works best. I'd like to dabble in washing, but I'm to afraid!

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I've had success with warm or tepid water and dish washing detergent. I wouldn't soak them too long - I think closer to 30 seconds than 2 minutes is what I tend to do. Then I rinse them under warm water and leave them to dry for 1-2 days. Sometimes the water does get in and you need to reposition the legs and let them dry for a bit longer. When they are dry I give them a brush with a child's toothbrush and they seem to come out well.
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ive washed loads of sylvanians. u can gently rub with your finger to get fluff off them. i have also sprayed them with dettol! they all turned out fine. If yours have lots of dust and fluff etc on them, i would use sticky tape and try to get off as much as possible and then wash them
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Ok, I don't think I'll wash my oldest sylvanians though (I got two little sheep babies when I was 4, they are 7 years old now).I'll try with a kangaroo that got its foot eaten off by my dog. Then if its a success I'll clean all the rest (not including the sheep)

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Here is the link from before on the forum with other members' advice about cleaning/washing figures.

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I just remembered something while reading it. Someone was selling a large lot on ebay a while back. They all had no flocking at all. In the seller's description she said she washed them in the washing machine and thought she might be able to sell them to someone who knew how to do flocking.
I felt so bad. Imaging opening your washing machine to see that?

Also there's something else I remembered about washing. I had gotten a small lot of about 8 Japanese figures from Rinkya a few months ago and most of them they were very dirty and had to wash them but they didn't take to water very well.
I noticed while washing them that it was removing some of the flocking- not so that there were bald spots but just probably the outer layer which made them less shiny and full which is a big part of what delineates them from Sylvanians from other countries.
  




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Yeah my friend washed some very old sylvanians yesterday (we both needed to put up this post) and some got bald batches on their heads from where her fingers touched them, I held mine by places their fur is already gone off and if the fur is all still there I hold them veeeery carefully, I've tried the dunking underwater method with three and I just hope it works!! They are drying on my book shelf now. I used some very nice palmolive soap on them. My friend has many white rabbits and she used talcom(not sure how you spell it) powder on them!!!I think I will stay with the selotape method and the washing though. Would putting them in the washing machine work if they were in a pillow (with the top closed)???

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I have heard, that washing figures with painted black markings (like pandas, raccoons, beagles) isn't recommended at all. They might loose the markings. No washing machine either! Even in pillow case the figures might loose flock on all their edges.

My method:
Before washing I brush figures with old tootbrush (dust will not go away with washing). I wash my figures with washing liquid meant for handwashing clothes. I get them wet, and gently rub the washing liquid to brown spots or all over, whatever is needed. I let them stand on next to the sink for couple of minutes, then some in the water in the sink (while I wash other figures). I change the water couple of times and rinse them well. I leave them on a white towel for 24 hours to dry (I move and turn them around couple of times).

I have done this to several figures and no fur loss ever occured. I usually wash Forest Families, but now a SF duck mother and gone through this too.

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