Caroler Care

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CAROLER CARE

As each Caroler becomes a member of your family, it is important to follow a little bit of “preventative medicine” in order to keep them all healthy. Below are a few handy tips to avoid those scrapes and spills that may injure them.

Moisture
Carolers rarely wear bathing suits. As a result, they really don't like to get wet. If a Caroler gets wet or is kept in a very humid area, it is possible for metal parts to rust or mold to grow on some fabrics. It is best to store your Carolers in dry places, but if one happens to get wet, try drying it off with a paper towel and a hair dryer.

Pets
Pets have been known to become jealous about new Carolers being brought into the family. It is best to find a home for your Caroler that is out of reach of these potential mischief makers.

Sun Exposure
Sunblock wasn't available in Dickensian England, and prolonged exposure to the sun was bad. That is still a risk today. Too much sun will cause Carolers to lose their color, both in their faces and their clothes.

Mice
Beware of mice! They love to use felt and tissue paper to build nests. Store your Carolers in a secure box to help keep pests away. Note: avoid storing in cedar, as it can dissolve the paint on a face.



Caroler Cleaning & Storage

Properly cleaning and storing your Caroler collection will keep it in tip-top shape for years to come!

Cleaning
If you love having your Carolers on display for friends and family to enjoy, your figurines will need to be freshened up from time to time. A lint brush or the small attachment for the vacuum cleaner can help to remove loose fur or dust from clothes. To dust the faces, try a small cosmetic brush and clean gently. If your figurine’s hair becomes too frizzy, spray lightly with a little hair spray. If a skirt gets wrinkled or a jacket gets mussed while packed away, use a hand-held clothes steamer to ease out the wrinkles.

Storage
Avoid damp areas when storing your Carolers —no basements or attics. High humidity can cause metal parts to rust or mold to grow on some fabrics. Blot away any excess water if your Caroler should happen to get wet, and dry with a blow dryer on the lowest setting.

If your Caroler comes in a clear plastic sleeve/bag, you can store it in this bag to keep the dust away. However, do not close/seal the bag airtight.

It’s a good idea to keep your Carolers safely stored well out of reach of any inquisitive pets. Cats and dogs have been known to be attracted to some of the materials in the Carolers and to chew them up. Mice are also attracted to the Carolers, and find that their tissue paper bodies make great materials for nest building. If you wrap your Carolers in tissue paper, adding a few mothballs to the packing box will keep these rodents away. Avoid storing your Carolers in cedar, as the wood has been known to dissolve the paint on Carolers’ faces. Finally, avoid displaying them in bright sunlight. Prolonged exposure will fade the clothing and face paint.

It’s important to store the Caroler figurines in a standing position. The house boxes and Caroler Condo storage box are perfect for this. The Caroler Condo has partitions which keep the Carolers from bumping into one another. Crushed paper can be placed under skirts to help them hold their shape, but wrapping them in paper may crush the fabric. If a hat brim gets crushed, carefully manipulate the felt or gently iron.

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