(If you translated this guide send me the link and I'll add it here!)
I haven't seen any tutorials specifically for washing minky plushies, though there's probably an overwhelming amount of them that are in need of washing after years of snuggling. This one for instance, is one of my older plushies, and has been snuggled nearly to death for the past 2 years. She's is pretty bad shape and also needs some repairs. I may also make a repair guide if anyone might be interesting. Just for simple things like re-attaching, tails, manes, and holes, but catered toward hand made minky plushies.
If anything is unclear, do mention it! I would be happy to update this guide with more information. (Also feel free to point on spelling errors...no spell check in photoshop ahaha...)
Also if any plush makers have any relevant info to add, do say so! I don't know how all other plush makers create their plushies, and I would like for this to be helpful for all types.
Here's the original plush that's being cleaned:
Some more things I plan to add to this guide in the future:
-Faux fur cleaning
-Minky fluffing with hair dryer (this actually works much better than just leaving to dry, since the warm air keeps the minky from becoming stiff, and you can brush it while it's drying)
Good to know in the future if I ever accidentally get paint or food on a plush @_@
Recently I commissioned a plush, and shes made from minky as well as faux fur, with embroidered details. I was wondering if you recommend washing plushies regularly, or only when there is a visible stain/discoloration? I'm careful to wash my hands before I touch her, not have her around food/drinks etc, but snuggling is bound to get oils/sweat on the fabric anyway, right? So far my plushie looks good as new, I was just not sure if this guide is only for a solution to an already dirty plushie, or if it can be used as a sort of preventative as well.
You could also try a dilute dish washing soap perhaps? I just would use it sparingly though and make sure you rinse it out good.
To do this, I used an old metal coffee can (#10 can) and mixed the dish soap in a small amount of water to keep the strength as high as possible. I cleaned half of Octavia with the Dawn. I hand dried it enough to where it was slightly damp and checked the surface. Cleaner, but still slightly yellow. The body wash was tested using a wet rag and applying the wash on the rag and rubbing with my hand. I cleaned, rinsed and dried the other half and the yellow was gone. Most noticeable was on the white collar her bowtie attaches to. I went ahead and finished both sides with the body wash and dried gently with a hair dryer.
Now this does take a bit of effort, as in firmly rubbing with either cleaner but the both seem to get the job done. I was even able to get the yellow out of the mane detail embroidery (white in color) using the body wash. You mileage may vary depending on choice of soap or wash used. The eye embroidery was not messed with and cleaned like you say in the guide to avoid it coming undone.
I've saw your suggest on use dish soap but I think dish soap might have some aggressive cleaning agent so it might fade the color?
Has someone any tips when you live in areas where the water hardness is so high, that a fabric softer is not avoidable? Here in my region, almost every detergent has a fabric softer.
I've been taking care of a certain yellow pegasus for almost 4 years now, and I'm wondering if you could give us a few tips. She's made of polar fleece, and that's what she looked like when she was newborn
As of now, her colors seem less vivid (well, her yellow coat was somewhat pale to start with, but mane and tail clearly lost some saturation), while the white of her eyes is no longer white.
Also, we've had one accident which slightly damaged her eye ;( ... a warning for all plushie lovers - zippers and hugs don't go well together. Keep zippers away from ponies at all cost!
Anyway, I'd love to know if you have any suggestions how to cure eye illnesses of plush ponies? And if there's anything that can be done about the mane losing color?
In any case, so far Flutters has been taking regular (as in - once a year) baths, and being fully submerged in water with a generous dose of washing fluid for color clothes does not seem to have any (lasting) adverse effects on the texture of her polar coat, nor her innards. I've tried brushing with a toothbrush, although with her eyes and cutie marks I'm afraid I can't brush too hard, or I'll damage the embroidery, but delicate brushing does not seem to help much.
As for drying - after some gentle (and less gentle :/ ) squeezing, I've "invented" a somewhat effective method - wrap the pony in a dry towel. Hug for a few hours. If the towel seems wet, replace with a dry one. Repeat.
Next day the pony is dry as ever, because of all the warmth and squeezing that helps to get the water out.
Oh, and here's a few "lady taking a bath" photos I've taken... for SCIENCE! ... yeah, that's my excuse.
January 2015 - sta.sh/01xd3px61p9e
August 2016 - sta.sh/0vz4i0h9i96 (the color of that water worries me)
For the loose embroidery threads, this is a little bit tricky, but when the plush is unstuffed, very carefully try to figure out which ones are loose and pull them in from the back side of the eye. Be careful not to snip any threads! I found that use can use tacky fabric glue (make sure it's tacky otherwise the glue will drip through to the other side of the eye) and put a little bit on the loose threads to anchor them in the back.
In the meantime we'll have to endure all the suspicion my friends are hinting that she might actually be discorded...
She's not acting mean though, and the memory-restoring magic doesn't have any effect, so I guess it's ungrounded. Probably
In any case, thanks for the tips! Much obliged!
My question is this:
I own a 4th Dimension Entertainment plushie of the origianl Twilight Sparkle (non-princess) and have had her for over a year. I love this plushie a lot because the show accuracy is spot on, and she has been very well loved. As a brony, I am prone to cuddling and holding her very frequently, and she is really dirty and dusty. Is it possible to use this method on my 4DE Twi? Please reply, she is dirty and needs care.
I've been cuddling so much with her that she really needs a proper cleaning.
But does powder detergent work with this method?
It's the only thing i have available, except some special stuff for wool.
does this mean I used to much water or I scrubbed to hard? (I used paper towels and a soft bristle brush)
if it's relevant. I used all detergent with stain lifters,free of perfumes,clear of dyes.
i used a hair dryer to dry dashie off then I placed dashie in my attic for a few hours. Gets really hot in my attic.
I have another question, are you still open for commission? If you do I would very like to commission a Twilight Sparkle from you, your work is amazing!
Thanks a lot.
As for commissions, there's a link on my main page for commission info. I'm not open right now, but feel free to message me about it anyway.