More often than not, people purchase dolls so that their children have something to play with. For others, however, 18-inch dolls are valuable collectors’ items. If you fall in the latter category, you definitely want to keep your dolls in mint condition. This is a simple enough task if you follow the following tips:
Lose the Tan
Are you the type of person that likes to display his or her collection? If so, make sure you display your dolls away from sunlight. Direct sunlight is a doll’s worst enemy, as natural lights easily fade the color of a doll’s skin, hair, and clothes. The worst part is that the discoloration is uneven, making it difficult to repair.
Be aware of how the sun changes its movement patterns as the seasons change. If this proves difficult, you can always add treatments to your windows to keep your display area shaded at all times.
Cigarette smoke tends to cling onto a lot of fabrics, but doll clothes fabrics absorb the smell like nothing else. Removing the smell of smoke from dolls is very difficult, even for professionals. If you or a loved one smokes, do so outside your home.
Take care to store your dolls in places where the temperature is regulated, especially if they are made of vinyl and other types of plastic. Very cold temperatures can lead to cracks along the body of your doll, while very warm temperatures can warp and discolor the body.