Cleaning is necessary on almost any doll purchased online or at flea markets and yard sales. Cleaning can remove dust, stains, battery corrosion, finger oils, and sometimes odors from the home of the previous owner or odors caused by the deterioration of the doll's materials. If you know what you are doing it can enhance the salability of a doll. If you don't know what you are doing you can easily damage painted surfaces, decals, or even the material the doll is made from. If you don't feel knowledgeable about what chemicals to use, or the process for using them, then it is better to hire a professional or leave the problem of cleaning to the purchaser. There are separate pages covering "Hair Care" and one on "Useful Tools" if you are considering do-it-yourself repairs. Many of the doll cleaning essentials can be found at Dollspart Supply.
- lint brush/roller