This section is about how to clean, store and lubricate your Realdoll, about positioning and handling and about damage and repair. The care guide was made by Realdoll, and when you should buy a new Realdoll, you'll get your own copy of it. If you have no care guide, here you can find all the information needed ( going to quote the guide word by word ). But my care guide is from 11/2005, when I was delivered. I don't know if this is subject to change some day, so maybe someone with a newer care guide could please inform me if Realdoll changed things.
Special note for cleaning the oral entry : Carefully remove the tongue from your doll's mouth with your fingers; it should come out easily when the mouth is lubricated. Rinse the tongue separately and replace once the orifice is clean. To ease the tongue back in, use a small amount of fresh lubricant.
We strongly suggest garments that button-up from the front or back as they are easiest to put on and remove. Always remember the farther away you push a limb from its original sculpted position the more stress you are putting on the joints and the silicone ( i.e. bringing the legs up to the chest ) and you do so at your own risk ! The original sculpted position is close to seated with legs parted and arms away from sides. In other words, your doll is NOT meant to be put in unusual or un-natural positions ! Try to stay reasonably close to the original position as much as you can. If a joint appears to "lock up" while positioning, return the limb to the original relaxed position and gently move the joint in another direction. For instance, when trying to position your doll's arms above the head and you bring the arms up sideways, they will stop when pointing straight out. Return the arms to their original relaxed position and then gently move the arms in a radial motion swinging forward and up. Note : Do not attempt to bring your doll's arms completely above the head as this is not possible given the position they are sculpted in. Attempting this could result in damage to the silicone and / or the shoulder joints.
Also, do not position your doll doing the "splits" or spread the legs in an extreme fashion as the silicone will likely be damaged as a result. There are internal joint stops to help minimize the chance of this type of damage, but please use common sense. Always be as gentle as possible when positioning your doll. Be careful with your doll's fingers ... they can easily be damaged. When posing the hands, grasp the wrist and hand, not the fingers.
The silicone dolls weigh as much as a real woman. The weight has a lot of force behind it, which can damage the internal structure if mishandled. There are certain positions that are not advisable due to the weight factor. Prolonged kneeling is not advised due to the stress placed on the knee joints. Another position that is difficult to attain is "doggie style" as this places considerable pressure on the elbows, shoulders and knee joints. We advise hanging your doll's lower body off an elevated surface such as a bed or couch, allowing the floor to support the doll's knees and the elevated surface to support the doll's upper body. It is very important that if you place your doll in these positions you use care and patience. The main reason is that the limbs cannot hold your doll upright unsupported. The knees and elbows have a special design to allow them to lock and support your doll's weight for limited periods of time, however, it is not advised that your doll be left standing for longer than 15 minutes as the weight could start to damage the silicone feet. For standing poses, we do advise creative uses of the neck hook. See our website http://www.realdoll.com for position examples.
It is also recommended that your doll should be stored nude. Dark clothing which may be dyed with a low quality dye can stain the silicone if your doll is stored clothed with these items or for great periods of time. As a precaution, wash all dark and vibrant colored clothes before putting them on your doll. If a stain occurs, it will usually fade within a couple of weeks on its own. Very tight or binding straps left on your doll over an extended period of time can form dents in the flesh, much the way it does on a real person. These are some of the reasons it is preferred to store your doll in the nude.
Unlike a real person's flesh, however, the silicone can lose shape memory. In other words it is okay to dress your doll in tight straps, etc, but do not store in these types of clothing for extended periods of time.
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight as this can damage the silicone color.
Alternately, you can also repair such tears with CLEAR silicone sealant ( caulking ). The recommended brand is Dow-Corning. Please test alternate silicones for proper curing against your doll's skin ! Many types of caulking will not cure on Realdoll's silicone.
To repair a tear, clean the damaged area with rubbing alcohol and apply the sealant to the damaged area. Close the rip and allow 24 hours to full curing. Take your time and you shouldn't even see any evidence of the damage once repaired.
Internal damage - damage to your doll's skeleton structure is very unlikely, however, if you believe something internal is broken ( not loose ), please call us for information and to determine if, in fact, something is broken. The exception to this is the finger armature wires. Eventually these wires can break due to repeated posing or trauma. Wire breakage will not cause any complications.