Care Instructions for All Wooden Toys (Excludes Room Decor)
Since we are using all natural and raw wood that has not been treated chemically, the tone and color of the wood may change and deepen throughout the years to display it's full properly aged color.
To keep it's natural luster, it is recommended that the toy be cleaned periodically and as needed by using a wash cloth and wiping with warm, gentle, soapy water and immediately wiped down thoroughly with a cloth towel and let air dry for the rest of the day.
- You can use natural ingrediants like peppermint oil (a few drops in your soapy water) as a natural disinfectant.
- You can also use white vinegar (one part vinegar to one part water) and you can even mix a little bit of baking soda and lemon juice to your mix.
- Another natural disinfectant is to add some grapefruit seed extract to either your soapy water or your vinegar solution.
- What my grandfather always told me and what you're "supposed" to do is when you notice some of it's shine starting to fade and the wood getting dry (about once a year or so) you can take a lint free cloth and apply 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 olive oil (or any other natural sealing oil) and apply liberally to the wood and allow it to settle into the fibers to it to keep the wood supple.
- I never once did this and after 30 years, this is what my original car still looks like today-- show me a plastic car or a wooden car made of cheap softwoods from 30 years ago, I dare you! This car has been "crayoned" on, thrown through the air more times than I can count, and gone on numerous camping trips with me growing up and it's still holding strong.
Above all, let them be little and let them have fun with a heirloom toy that's build to last. Every scratch and scrape will tell a story and when they pass it along to their children, they'll smile at the memories that each mark brings.