As our lives change due to the Coronavirus, it has become even more important to sanitize your children’s toys, but how do you clean your little one’s favorite wooden toys? The disinfection of wooden toys helps not only to protect your child from viruses and infections but it also helps to preserve them and keep them looking like new for a long time.
To sanitize wooden toys, you should use a soft cleanser that doesn't dry the toy’s surface. The best way to keep wooden toys in good condition is to avoid using potent chemicals such as bleach or hard detergent, both can change the appearance of the toy by drying and cracking its surface. Wooden surfaces can absorb aggressive chemicals due to its porous nature.
For daily care of wooden toys, you can use natural soap and water or a vinegar and water cleaning solution. Natural soap cleans the toy surface without drying it or leaving streaks. Make a solution by mixing just a few drops of soap to a small amount of warm water (a pint or quart). Vinegar is also a nice cleanser that acts as a soft disinfector. Take white or apple cider vinegar and warm water and make a solution mixing 1-part vinegar and 1-part water. You can also add a drop of aromatic oil (lemon for example) to either solution to give the toys a light and pleasant aroma and most importantly, it is safe for your children. Depending on how dirty the toy is you can apply the solution using a soft brush, a damp cloth, a spray bottle, or by dipping the toy in the solution. A combination of these approaches is best depending on how dirty your toy is.
If your toy is not very dirty you should just brush it or wipe it with a damp cloth. If your toy is very dirty you may use a spray bottle. Spray a small amount of your solution onto the surface and then wipe it with a clean dry cloth. If there is a great amount of contamination, you can quickly rinse your toy in your solution. Do not immerse wooden toys into the solution for a long time. It can deform or warp the wood. No matter which application you choose, make sure to dry the toy as soon as you have finished applying the solution. If your toy is painted, be careful not to rub too vigorously when using a brush or cloth in the cleaning process, as it can cause damage to the paint. As soon as the toy is completely dry, your child can play with it again.
It is quite easy to take care of wooden toys. You don't even need special cleaning products or chemicals for wooden toys. Everything you need you probably already have at home. With proper care, they will please your children for a very long time.