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Old 04-02-2014, 06:47 PM
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Question Unanswered: How Do You Wash Your Build-a-Bear?

Let me be honest, my bear is not the cleanest and freshest. I want to wash it, but I am terrified I will destroy him or something. Does anyone know the best way to wash them without any destruction to them?

Also how do you wash the clothes? Can I put those in a washing machine?

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The best way to wash your furry friend is to surface wash with a damp rag. Build A Bear does not recommend putting them in the washing machine because the stuffing can expand and break the stitches, as well as it is vey difficult to get the stuffing dried all the way through, which could cause a mold issue. If surface washing does not do the trick, take a pair of scissors and gently "pop" one of the back stitches - that will open the whole back. Remove all the stuffing a wash on "gentle". Let it air dry outside, don't put it in the dryer. Take it back to your local BABW and they will gladly restuff and rest itch it for you.
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The best way to wash your furry friend is to surface wash with a damp rag. Build A Bear does not recommend putting them in the washing machine because the stuffing can expand and break the stitches, as well as it is vey difficult to get the stuffing dried all the way through, which could cause a mold issue. If surface washing does not do the trick, take a pair of scissors and gently "pop" one of the back stitches - that will open the whole back. Remove all the stuffing a wash on "gentle". Let it air dry outside, don't put it in the dryer. Take it back to your local BABW and they will gladly restuff and rest itch it for you.
That what I ended up doing with mine (:
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The best way to wash your furry friend is to surface wash with a damp rag. Build A Bear does not recommend putting them in the washing machine because the stuffing can expand and break the stitches, as well as it is vey difficult to get the stuffing dried all the way through, which could cause a mold issue. If surface washing does not do the trick, take a pair of scissors and gently "pop" one of the back stitches - that will open the whole back. Remove all the stuffing a wash on "gentle". Let it air dry outside, don't put it in the dryer. Take it back to your local BABW and they will gladly restuff and rest itch it for you.
If you have to take the stuffing out to wash it up, it will have some rough edges where it was stitched up that may fray in the washer as well - so pop it into a pillowcase and tie up the top before putting it into the washer - to keep it from catching on anything.

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I have to wash a few bears (including the frog in my avatar, who was my first build a bear), but so far, I was afraid I might ruin them...
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