You have completed washing your plush toys, going the extra mile by disinfecting them. But now that it’s all dry, it’s not looking like its original self. The fur looks matted, the old softness is gone, and the fluff factor is MIA. So, you’re left wondering: how to restore my stuffed animal to its former glory? Is it even possible?
Well, good news for you: restoring your stuffed buddy to its new-like condition is possible. How? One quick tip is to brush out the stuffie’s fur with a wire comb. Want to learn some more tips? Scroll down.
Understanding the Importance of Restoring Stuffed Animal Fur
Whether it’s your child’s best furry friend or your childhood memorabilia, stuffed animals are more than just toys. They hold a lot of meaning for some people. They can symbolize love, joy, companionship, nostalgia, or comfort. So, the last thing you would want is to see them ruined by dust and grime, right?
That’s why learning how to clean and care for your stuffed animals is essential. This way, you can maintain their pristine condition as well as extend their lifespan. Furthermore, learning how to restore your stuffies is just as important. This skill can come in handy when any of your plush friends lose their quality and beauty. And that’s exactly what we’ll show you here today.
Why Does Stuffed Animal Fur Become Matted?
Your stuffed animal’s fur can become matted for a number of reasons. We have discussed the most common ones below.
Unveiling the Common Causes of Matted Stuffed Animal Fur
Exposure to Environmental Factors
The fabric of your stuffies is susceptible to environmental factors. Dust, humidity, and sunlight exposure can all contribute to the matting of their fur.
If you don’t clean, wash, or care for your stuffed animals frequently, their fur can get matted, and they may ultimately get damaged beyond repair.
Putting It Through The Washer Or Dryer
Tossing your stuffies into the washer or dryer can cause fur matting or damage.
Play and Handling
The more you play with or handle your stuffie, the more likely its fur becomes matted. Constant hugging, squeezing, and rough play can cause the fur to lose its original softness and fluffiness.
Step-By-Step Guide on Restoring Stuffed Animal Fur
Here comes the interesting part. Read below the step-by-step guide on how to restore a stuffed animal’s fur.
How to Unmat Stuffed Animal Fur: The Key Techniques
The best solution for matted stuffed animal fur is to comb it. For this, you will want to use a wide-toothed comb or a four-way pet grooming brush. Follow the steps below:
· Start from the head of the stuffed animal, then work your way down.
· Brush in the same direction the fur has been stitched, not against it.
· If there are extremely matted areas, you might have to cut them off with scissors.
· Brush gently. DO NOT pull on the fur too much.
· Once you have unmatted the fur, give your stuffie a nice batch in mild detergent.
· You can comb out the fur during the washing process, too.
· Once your stuffie is dry, give it one final round of combing.
Essential Tools: The Role of a Stuffed Animal Brush in Restoring Fur
When it comes to unmatting stuffed animal fur, your best weapon against it is a brush or comb. But what kind? That depends on your stuffies’ material.
While a wide-toothed comb works well for most stuffed animal materials, a soft-bristled brush is best with antique fibers. If you can’t find a soft-bristled brush, you can simply use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
As for extremely matted fur, your best bet is a stiff-bristled brush or a pet grooming brush. However, be gentle with the brushing, or you might damage the fur more.
How to Make a Stuffed Animal Soft and Fluffy Again: Practical Tips
In this section, you’ll learn how to make your stuffed animal soft and fluffy again:
· Firstly, unmat any matted fur using the technique mentioned above.
· Handwash your stuffie with mild detergent and water.
· Once washed, rub the fur gently with a clean towel.
· Comb the damp fur while using a hair dryer on the cool setting.
· Allow the stuffie to air dry completely.
How to Fix Stuffed Animal Fur After Dryer?
Putting your stuffed animal through the washer or dryer can make their fur matted easily. To fix it, follow the same method of combing the fur with a suitable brush to unmat it.
Having said that, prevention is always better than cure. Hence, if you opt for fluffing your stuffed animal in the dryer, make sure to put your stuffie in a pillowcase first. Then, place it in the dryer on the gentlest cycle for about 10 minutes.
Handling Post-Dryer Fur: Do’s and Don’ts
DO let your stuffed animal air dry completely before putting them in the dryer.
DO protect your stuffie in a pillowcase before putting them in the dryer.
DO use a wide-toothed brush to comb the fur.
DO fluff up the fur with a handheld dryer on the cool setting.
DO NOT tug or pull the fur.
DO NOT use excess heat to speed up the drying process.
DO NOT store your stuffie unless it is completely dry.
How to Restore an Old Stuffed Animal?
Here are the steps you should take to restore an old stuffed animal.
Rejuvenating Your Beloved Old Stuffed Animals: A DIY Approach
Repair any tears and rips. Look for loose accessories like buttons, eyes, and ribbons. Fix them if needed.
Vacuum up loose dirt and debris.
Handwash the stuffie with mild detergent and water.
Use a plush or fabric conditioner during the washing process. Make sure to read the care label before doing so.
Use a towel to remove excess water.
Comb the stuffie’s fur with a wide comb.
Use a hair dryer on the cool setting to speed up the drying process.
Restoring your stuffed animal’s fur is not as complicated as you thought, right? You just need to follow the right technique, and your favorite stuffie will be as good as new in no time!
Recap on the Steps to Restore Stuffed Animal Fur and the Importance of Regular Maintenance
· Use a wide comb, pet brush, or soft bristle brush, depending on your stuffed animal’s fabric.
· Start from the top and work your way down.
· Gently brush the fur in the direction of the fur’s stitching. Do not brush against it.
· Feel free to use a scissor to cut off extremely matted fur.