If you are a doll collector, you know that dolls can grow in value over the years. In order to keep those dolls at top value, you want to take care of your dolls to keep them in their best shape. You want to be careful when cleaning and maintaining your dolls because using the wrong products can cause damage to the doll causing the doll to increase in value.
This short guide will assist you with maintaining your collectable dolls natural beauty.
The first step is to get rid of dust off your doll. You can remove dust off your dolls face, hands, and legs by using a simple blow dryer. You want to keep your blow dryer on low so the heat doesn’t cause damage to the doll, and gently sweep the blow dryer around the dolls face, hands, and legs.
You do not have to hold the blow dryer too close to the doll, after all, you don’t want to melt the paint on the doll.
For heavier dust that may be caught on your dolls hair or clothing, you may want to use a can of duster. Most people who own computers have the keyboard dusters in a can. By gently spraying your dolls hair and legs with this product, you can remove stuck on dust from your doll.
Removing Stuck On Marks From The Dolls Face
It is possible that your doll may get some stuck on gunk on her hands and face. You want to take care of this with caution because as we mentioned earlier, you don’t want to ruin the paint on the dolls face. If you doll has something stuck to her fragile face, you will want to use a simple tool everyone has laying around his or her house, a pencil eraser.
Simple dip the pencil eraser into some water and use the eraser to remove any stuck on spots on your doll.
A General Cleaning
To do a general doll cleaning, you are going to want to make a solution of water and dish washing soap. Preferable one that is gentle to use such as Dawn. You want to mix this solution well and use a q-tip to gentle wash the doll down in a circular motion. You do not want to use too much, just enough to put a thin layer of moisture on the doll. You want to rub gently on any areas that may look dirty, if you scrub too hard, you may damage the dolls paint.
You want to take good care of your dolls to make sure they last at their top value, this guide gave you the basic guidelines for cleaning the dust off your collectable dolls and gently wash their delicate face without causing damage to the paint on your dolls face. Be on the look out for future blogs that will include cleaning your dolls clothing and hair.
Your collectable dolls deserve to look beautiful and be at their best, these care solutions will assist you in keeping your dolls as beautiful as they were when they were new.
Kate Carson has been in the doll industry for the past 20 years, 10 of those years she spent creating a collection of her collectable dolls. Her publications educate collectors about how dolls are made and how they can be maintained so they never lose their value.