Care of Wooden Toys**
By David Moncrief
Wooden toys have probably been around the longest, and are the ones that require the least amount of attention for cleaning. Care and cleaning of wooden toys - new or vintage - should consist of nothing more than a good, frequent dusting.
If your wooden toy has rubber tires or parts, you may consider using a lite application of Armor All Original™ applied with a cotton-tipped swab. Be sure to wipe off any excess. Leaving any 'wetness' may cause streaking or transfer onto the wood causing discoloration. If in doubt about applying any protectorant to tires or any other parts, don't.
Periodic cleaning of your wooden toy collection will keep it looking its best and help maintain its value. However, if there is any doubt about the cleaning or uncertainty about results, don't clean it. It is far better to have a dusty, dirty collectible toy than to risk damaging it.
Final thought, if you do have very old wooden antique or collecible toys, you may want to consider wearing gloves - cotton or vinyl - when handling them to lessen the possibility of transferring body oil to the wooden surface.
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