If you want to keep your collectibles in good condition, you need to maintain them the right way. Veteran collectors know this well, but those new to the hobby might not know how to care for their figures. Collectible toys can be fragile, so you need to handle them with the utmost care. Here are five ways to properly clean your action figure collection without damaging them.
Wipe Them Down
There probably won’t be much grime to remove if you don't handle your toys much. Periodically wiping them down will remove any oils and dirt built up on your collectibles. Be sure to use microfiber cloths to clean your figures gently, so you don’t cause any damage.
If you display your collection out in the open, there’s a good chance that your toys are accumulating dust. You can remove these pesky particles in several different ways. Using canned air will gently blow away any dust and get into all of your figures’ nooks and crannies. If that’s not an option, gently dust your collection with a feather duster or a microfiber cloth to eliminate any residue. You can also use clean makeup brushes; they feature softer bristles and are available in a variety of sizes, making them ideal for cleaning smaller crevices that larger brushes might miss.
Let Them Soak
Some toys need a little more TLC, especially if you handle them often. Let them soak in warm, soapy water to get rid of tougher stains. Never use hot or boiling water when cleaning your collection, and be careful when using cleaning chemicals. To properly clean your action figure collection, use a little bit of dawn soap and let the product work its magic.
If your collectibles come with delicate components, like authenticity stickers, you’ll want to avoid soaking them in water for long periods of time. Instead, try spot-cleaning dirty areas to keep your toys intact. With some warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the affected areas until they are good as new. You can also use a Q-tip or toothbrush to get the same effect.
Let Them Air Dry
Now that your collectibles are clean, you’ll need to make sure they dry completely. Using heat to dry your toys can cause warping and other damage that could be devastating to your collection. Lay your figures out in a safe, open space and allow them to air dry. Avoid putting them in direct sunlight and instead place them on towels to soak up any excess moisture.
Proper collectible maintenance is vital to maintaining the quality of your toys. Shumi Toys & Gifts have so many Dragon Ball Z figures for sale to add to your personal inventory. Grow your collection by caring for your action figures and purchasing new ones today!