Plush is a kind of fabric, similar to velvet in the “nap” or the fuzziness before it is shaven. Modern plush fabrics tend to be synthetic, cheaper and easy to clean. It is a choice fabric for upholstery, and stuffed toys. As most stuffed toys resemble animals, plush is popular as a fabric because of the way its texture is suggestive of fur. More natural, fuzzier textiles risk irritating skin on their own, or collecting dust.
Most plush toys don’t have to be cleaned. Should a plush toy need a wash, however, it is strongly recommended to stick to surface washing. Try to brush the stain out first, or dampen (but not soak) the surface to rinse. To give a plush toy a full rinse may sound like the easier option, but this results in soaked stuffing that could take much longer to dry out than it seems—by which time mold could grow inside the toy.
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