Caring for Old Friends

Community Playthings products are worth caring for.short truck
 You already know that our products last for decades. We recommend a regular program of maintenance for keeping Community Playthings products strong and beautiful. Refer to your Product Guide for more maintenance suggestions. Replacements parts are available through customer service, often at no cost.

Unfinished Wood
Community Unit Blocks are natural, unvarnished wood. If they become soiled, you can wash them. But don’t soak; work quickly. Use a stiff brush with dishwashing detergent and water. Let the blocks dry thoroughly before next playtime.

Finished Wood
Community Playthings uses a clear non-toxic finish, safe for children. To refinish, lightly sand the entire surface. Any remaining finish need not be removed. Then, following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply one or two coats of childsafe varnish, using a brand you trust.

Wheeled Toys
Bearings (points where wheels revolve around axles) need a drop or two of oil once a month. An even better lubricant is powdered graphite. Squirt a bit onto wheel bearings or ball bearings of casters. Wheeled toys will stay quiet and smooth-running for years with this care.

Carpet Cleaning
Our carpets are made of stain-resistant nylon fiber. Vacuum carpets frequently. Lift the carpet and shampoo with carpet cleaner, then replace the carpet when it is dry. For stubborn stains, refer to your Product Guide.

Cleaning and disinfecting
Wooden products are best cleaned without excess water. Use warm soapy water, wipe with a wet rag and then wipe dry. Where disinfecting is indicated, the widely recommended bleach solution is generally safe for Community Playthings products.