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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:38 PM

Hi Friends, anyone here ever tried to clean a plush stuffed animal?

I have a 5 foot tall Snoopy , circa 1970 .I want to sell him but his plush fur is a little dirty. Have you ever tried an upholstery cleaner on a plush toy? Results?

I wonder what would happen if I put him in the tub with laundry soap and non-chlorine bleach.

He is in good condition . I would have to spray a couple of spots with Resolve, he has a couple of spots.

He is dated 1973 Korea, Kapok, along with other labels. Would like to put him in order. Any ideas?

It is hard to part with some of these old treasures but....the time has come.

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Paper Roses Jan 2013 OP
sinkingfeeling Jan 2013 #1
hollysmom Jan 2013 #2
Vinca Jan 2013 #3
grasswire Jan 2013 #4
Paper Roses Jan 2013 #5

Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:48 PM

1. There's several suggestions out in Google land. I just throw them in the

washer in a pillow case and then dry them in a dryer, but since yours is large and may have value, I'd try drying with a dehumidifier.

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/980813b.cfm

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:48 PM

2. That's a little large -

I had some luck putting small stuffed animals in bags and in the laundry and then drying them out - you might be better off selling him as dusty rather than damaging him. Have you gone into the seller forums on E-bay. People onthere have always been a great help to me when I was selling things I didn't know a lot about.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:13 PM

3. If he's got any value, maybe you should see what the dry cleaner thinks.

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Response to Paper Roses (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:52 PM

4. it would never dry if you submerged it in water

I don't think the interior would ever get dry properly.

So surface cleaning seems to be the way to go. I think an aerosol carpet shampoo or upholstery shampoo is worth a try. Use a brush to scrub. Then I might use a wet washcloth for a going-over and finish with a hand-held hair dryer?

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Response to grasswire (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 03:27 PM

5. Thanks for your advice. My daughter has an upholstery/rug cleaner machine,

I think I will try with her rug cleaner solution....Nothing lost. This Snoopy is in good condition but he shows 40 years worth of atmospheric grunge...plus a few spots that look like stains. He is in good condition but needs some TLC. Thanks fort your advice.

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