How to Clean and Maintain TPE Sex Dolls

Taking care of a sex doll is crucial as proper maintenance can extend its lifespan for many years. To assist with this, I've compiled some guidelines for maintaining TPE sex dolls, as there are quite a few people who purchase them.

1. Wash Clothes Before Wearing
Newly bought clothes may carry a risk of staining, so it's essential to wash the doll's clothes multiple times after purchase to remove any surface dyes from the fabric.
It's important to note that different fabrics behave differently. Some clothes may still stain the doll even after washing, so it's best to test them on a small area of the doll or on a TPE sample.

2. Avoid Dark-Colored Clothes
Even after washing, dark-colored clothes may still have the potential to stain, so it's best to avoid them altogether. However, if necessary, limit the time the doll wears dark-colored clothes. Red and blue clothes are the most prone to color bleeding, so it's advisable to steer clear of these colors.

3. Avoid Tight-Fitting Clothes
Tight-fitting clothes can leave indentations and marks on the doll's body, so it's best to avoid them. If necessary, limit the time the doll wears tight-fitting clothes.

Water-based lubricants are the most recommended and safest option for use with sex dolls. Oil-based lubricants may cause damage to the material, so they should be avoided entirely.

Some users suggest using petroleum jelly and mineral oil as lubricants. Petroleum jelly is a good option as it prevents the growth of mold and bacteria. Although not recommended by doll manufacturers, many users trust it.

TPE sex dolls are easy to clean and can be washed with diluted antibacterial/alkaline soap and water or a specialized cleaner. Avoid using bleach, external alcohol, hot water, and other solvents directly on the doll as these can damage the TPE material. Mild stains can be wiped off with a damp soft cloth.

Additionally, for detachable parts, such as the torso, use a cleaning rinse, spray bottle, or showerhead, clean the interior with soapy water, and then drain any residual water before drying.

Stain Removal:
Due to the porous nature of TPE material, it's susceptible to staining or surface dirt. Most stains will eventually dissipate on their own, but it's advisable to remove them promptly when they appear.

Mineral oil massages can treat minor stains, while petroleum jelly can help remove deeper stains. Some people have successfully used benzoyl peroxide acne cream to remove stains. Apply the cream to the stained area for several hours and then wipe it off. Toothpaste has also been mentioned as an alternative. However, both creams may soil the doll, so caution is advised.

A method not generally recommended involves using odorless paint solvent or odorless mineral alcohol to remove stubborn spots. This method should only be considered as a last resort as it may damage the doll's body.

After cleaning the doll, it's essential to ensure that it's thoroughly dry to prevent mold growth. Use a soft cloth to pat dry, place a fan near areas prone to moisture, such as the mouth and genital area, and allow it to air dry. Expose these areas until completely dry.

Many people recommend using an air pump to dry, but due to the TPE material, it takes a lot of time and effort to dry completely. Some areas can also be wiped with sanitary cotton swabs or rolled-up tissues.

Store the doll in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Also, avoid hard surfaces as they may cause the doll to flatten. It's best to keep the doll in a standing, upright position with no joints bent.

For short-term storage, it's recommended to place the doll on a foam pad, which is usually included by the manufacturer in the packaging box. It's advisable not to keep the doll in one position for too long; regularly changing the doll's position or posture will prevent flattening. For detachable parts, they should be disassembled and stored separately. Some users prop the dolls up against cushioned walls if they have standing feet, but this isn't considered ideal for long-term storage as it weakens the doll's knee joints.

It's recommended to regularly apply mineral oil and talcum powder to the doll to prolong its lifespan. If the doll's skin feels less soft, applying some mineral oil can help. The general process involves washing and drying the doll thoroughly, massaging with oil, allowing the oil to absorb completely, and then applying talcum powder or body powder to the doll's skin. Some suggest powdering the doll at least once a month and oiling it every few months, but this schedule may vary based on how often the doll is used.

Why apply oil and powder to the doll? Over time, TPE material naturally leaks oil, so applying oil helps replenish it. TPE material also becomes sticky over time, especially after cleaning, so powder helps smooth the skin and prevents the doll from becoming a dust magnet.

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