Firstly, may I just say that I hope everyone is surviving as best they can in these very unprecedented times, I find that it helps me to be busy so I have been revamping my website and sorting out all of those jobs that have been on the to do list for ages.

I have been asked several times what is the best way to clean wooden toys, and luckily for me one of my toy manufacturers has just written about this very subject.

Untreated wooden toys should never be soaked in water (in the bath, or sink or dishwasher or steriliser) as they have been untreated they will absorb the moisture.

A clean cloth and some vinegar in water / baking soda or an environmentally friendly detergent and simply wipe the toys over and dry off with a towel or simply leave them in the fresh air to completely dry. If you have a particularly stubborn stain you can take a piece of fine sandpaper and sand the mark off gently.

For Wooden toys that have been treated either with a varnish or paint they can withstand being in water a little longer as long as the coating is intact. They too should be wiped down with water with a dash of vinegar added or baking soda and dried in the same way as above.

A study in The American State University of Georgie from 2016* concluded that viruses have a much shorter lifespan on wood rather than plastic because wood is porous and it draws out the moisture needed for the germs to survive on, wood also contains naturally antibacterial substances called tannic acids which helps to self clean.

I hope that this helps,

Stay Safe xxx

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