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 zorza-6.deviantart.com/art/Flu…
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.sta.sh/0zrkxlhldxi
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!sta.sh/0pdd2tbn6y5
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)