I receive a lot of questions regarding how to care for your peg dolls once you have gotten them. Can they be washed? What can I use to clean them? Where should I keep them? You have made your purchase and you want to make sure they last a long time. I totally get that, so I hope to answer all your questions 🙂
I have come up with a few easy, simple tips to help you take care of your peg dolls.
Tip #1: Do not leave the peg dolls soaking in water.
No baths, puddles, oceans, fjords, rivers, ponds, coffee or soda swimming escapades either. While an occasional or accidental dip won’t hurt them, if they are constantly in water it will cause the wood to swell and crack the paint and sealant. If continually soaked in water, the design will come completely off.
Tip #2: Do not wash the peg dolls in soapy water, in a washing machine or a dishwasher.
Peg dolls should not be run through a cycle of warm water. It will swell the wood, and most likely wash most if not all of the design away.
Tip #3: Try not to leave them outside too often.
I encourage outdoor play with the peg dolls, I want them to be used to help our little ones explore nature and create imaginary world. But too many overnight’s outdoors could do some damage. Mainly with any moisture that may get in overnight. Occasionally forgetfulness is alright, but making a habit of it can damage the design, or cause mold to grow in any cracks in the wood. Make sure to have your little one’s do a head count of all their friends before coming in for the night.
Tip #4: Keep the pegs away from open flames.
No candle light dinners, playtime by the fireplace, or hide and seek in the oven. Due to them being made from wood, it really isn’t a good idea to have them near an open flame, especially without supervision.
Tip #5: Chewing on the Peg Dolls is OK, but just keep an eye out.
The sealant helps keep the paint on the dolls and not in your little one’s mouth. My toddler when teething used his peg dolls to teeth with (What is up with kids and teething on wood?!) and there are a few more dents, but the paint has stayed on the dolls and there isn’t and wood chipping away.
Tip #6: If displaying your peg dolls, keep them out of direct sunlight.
Constant exposure to direct sunlight can dull the brightness of the paint. It’s best to display them out of direct sunlight.
Tip #7: The best way to clean wooden peg dolls is with a damp cloth (No Soap!)
If your peg dolls become dirty, or need a dusting or just a general clean, use a damp cloth without soap. Give your pegs a wipe down.
Do you have any other questions about caring for your pegs? Please leave me a comment below or contact me and I will do my best to answer your questions!