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Monday, May 31, 2010

How to: Clean a Starlite Plush

One of the largest figures first created was a plush Starlite horse for your 10inch Rainbow Brite doll. 

The figure we are going to be working with today is a vintage Starlite which has been kept in storage, exposed to dust, moisture and heat. These conditions caused the horses fur to yellow and darken in spots. 

We want to be very gentle with treating and caring for him, so we begin with a pre-treat.

Items used:

  • 2 tablespoons of wool cleanser
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 1 tooth brush (Soft bristle)
  • 1 white full size pillowcase

Put the cleanser in to one bowl with 1 cup of cold water. 
Put the remaining water in another bowl by itself.

Using the toothbrush, mix the water and cleanser together then brush the cleanser/water mixture on the plush fur. Careful not to scrub too hard, do this over the whole body, minus the hooves and hair.

Using the wash cloth blot away any excess foam the brush may make and rinse it back in the bowl of clean water.

Then dip the mane and tail in the cleanser mixture, submerging it for several second. Let the cleanser fully saturate the yarn, but do not brush them. 

After this is done put the Starlite plush in the white pillowcase. (white is not required, but it's best to used one that does not have a dye that could bleed).

Make sure the head is toward the corner and put all four hooves together. Knot the pillowcase at the hooves, but NOT around the hooves. This will allow Starlite to stay in his natural shape without damaging him.

Once tied up, put him in your washing machine on warm water gentle cycle.

When the gentle cycle finishes it's first wash, BEFORE it goes into spin to rinse, bring the setting back to the beginning and allow him to wash again. Put fabric softener in if desired to keep him soft after his wash, and allow to air dry.

Now that your Starlite is clean, try to maintain his cleanliness because overly washing him in this manner could prove damaging to his hooves, which are very fragile.

Hope this works for you!

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