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Questions tagged [cleaning]

What's the best way to clean your bricks? What's the best way to care for them? These sorts of questions and more should be tagged with this tag.

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Why are different ID informations printed in the inside of the same sort of bricks?

While sorting old bricks I observed that the inscriptions printed inside show a different coding. As you can see the outside it is always a ordinary "1x2 tile with groove in good old Light Gray (item ...
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How to deal with hydrogen peroxide after de-yellowing?

I was able to remove the annoying yellowing effect from old white and lightgray bricks wiht the usage of hydrogen peroxide. With great results I have to say . Now I wonder what to do with the ...
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Is it possible to sand/polish LEGO bricks?

I have an old white and rare brick which got scratches and dirtying which I cannot wash away. Any ideas on how to clean it? I thought about fine sanding or polishing but I am afraid that I damage the ...
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Cleaning pieces with “new” status (Bricklink)

I'm just preparing my first bricklink order and I've got a simple questiong - do you clean pieces bought on bricklink which were sold as "new"?
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What is an effective way to clean clear LEGO bricks?

What kind of cleaning products are good and safe to remove smudges and finger prints off clear LEGO parts? Normally I would just use the Clorox wipes. The parts in question are 1x2x2 panels in clear ...
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How to protect my LEGO city from the dust?

I have a LEGO city with all the modular LEGO in my bedroom. But the dust is killing me at nights. How can I protect them? Where can I get those display domes?
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How can I remove old LEGO bricks that are stuck together?

Brought my childhood LEGO sets from 1970's and 80's for my kids. The pieces attach much tighter together than sets purchased recently. Can something be done to loosen the attachment without damaging ...
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How to clear off oils in a way that will not damage the plastic?

Especially with the pneumatic cylinders, so it has to not make the metal rust too. Also, it is oxidized vegetable that is stuck in there, inside the pneumatic cylinders. And it started to make it all ...
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LEGO cleaning dust? [duplicate]

I'm a LEGO seller and buy around 20-50kg of LEGO bricks a week. I need to clean these items before I sell them. Currently I'm using the standard method using a bucket and soapy water. However, this ...
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LEGO Cleaning/Sterilisation [duplicate]

I am just looking to see if anyone knows of a LEGO product that exists that allows you to sterilise your LEGO using your dishwasher. Thanks
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How to clean dirty white tiles? [duplicate]

I ordered a couple of tiles from bricklink.com, but they arrived a bit dirty. I'd like to make them look shining new before using them for my creation. Is there a quick and reliable way to do it?
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How to help a yellowed brick with a sticker?

My parents recently finally decided they can return me my childhood toys with 1990s Technic sets including the 8880 Super Car. All other sets were in boxes, but this one spent the last 15+ years ...
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Does soaking Lego pieces in isopropyl alcohol discolor or otherwise damage them?

I need to clean my Lego including minifigures, printed pieces and cloth pieces from smoke (apartment fire). I have found that soaking the pieces in isopropyl alcohol removes the smell, but am I ...
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Neutralize brick scent

I store some used Lego sets in household plastic boxes originally used for candy. I thought they were ideal, but now I found out the bricks have caught an unpleasant candy scent -- despite cleaning ...
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How can I remove permanent marker from a LEGO brick?

I need to remove permanent marker from hard plastic. How can I do it?
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How do they keep the outdoor models so clean at the various Legoland parks?

I've visited Legoland in California a few times and was always impressed with the lack of accumulated grime or bird "strikes" on the outdoor displays. How do the park employees accomplish this feat? ...
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What's the most effective way to clean dusty builds? [duplicate]

I have a large airplane build that I haven't touched in quite a while, and it has built up quite a large amount of dust. I've tried using a wet washcloth to wipe off the dust, but when cleaning that ...
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Battery Acid Dust Issue

I was recently digging through some old boxes looking for old LEGO bricks I had as a kid. In two of the boxes I found old double A batteries that had busted (the boxes were in a building that has got ...
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Retrobrite cleaning on old cellulose acetate bricks?

Is Retrobrite (cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, oxyclean, sunlight) effective or ineffective or, worse, downright destructive on old cellulose acetate bricks? My understanding is that method of ...
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How does cleaning yellowed Lego bricks affect their clutch power?

Will cleaning yellowed bricks (via the retr0brite solution) decrease the clutch power of lego bricks? I've also heard that certain colors of embellishments on the minifigs or bricks do not hold up ...
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What can I do to clean a minifigure's torso?

I have the old General Grievous figure from 2005, and it is almost 10 years old. Due to its age, the torso now looks yellow-painted. What can I do to clean it?
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Does cleaning LEGO parts affect their value?

I have a LEGO collection consisting of a number of rarer sets such as the monorail and 9V train sets. I want to clean the pieces but I am curious if cleaning the parts affects their value? I plan on ...
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How can odors be removed from bricks?

I recently purchased some used bricks. They currently smell like cigarette smoke. What is the best way to clean these parts to remove the odor?
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Damage Boiling LEGO Bricks

I bought some LEGO bricks from shop on Bricklink and received them yesterday. In order to make sure that the pieces were nice and clean (they were used) so that my two year old can play with them, I ...
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Can I take an old LEGO winch apart?

I have an old LEGO winch that looks like #73037 It has been "restrung" but it is very stiff and it looks like it has some of the old string stuck between the rotating and non-rotating parts. It also ...
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How do I remove orange (rust?) stains from white elements?

I'm building with some yard sale Lego, and have several elements that have orange stains on them. If I had to guess, I'd say something seeped onto the bricks while they were in storage. At this point ...
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How to remove scratches from LEGO windshield parts?

I was storing my windshields from cars with other my bricks. Now they are scratched, nearly not transparent just translucent. Is there a way to sanitize transparent parts from scratches?
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What disinfectant can I use on used LEGO parts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LEGO cleaning techniques and tools I usually purchase LEGO parts at yard sales and the like and would like to disinfect them before using them. Can I use any spray ...
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Cleaning between the studs of a build

I've unpacked a few of my models after moving home some time ago, these models have been in a cardboard boxes for several months and need cleaning: I've tried compressed air, which only makes some of ...
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Technic axle corrosion? What happened here?

I got my LEGO from storage from when I was a kid (1980s) and while almost all bricks are in good condition, the Technic axles are in a pretty bad shape. They seem to have corroded(?). Please see the ...
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What method do you use to safely remove creases from fabric sails from the Pirate sets?

I have creased sails. Is it safe to iron them, or is there a better method?
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Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?

A couple of years ago (around 2010 I think), I bought a number of the Star Wars magnet sets, as they looked like a (slightly) economical way of buying a number of specialist characters (including the ...
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What is the best way of getting muck out of bricks?

I purchased a large bulk load of bricks for my 7 year old. Most have washed up quite well, but some of the bricks have various substances stuck in their underside. The types of foreign substances ...
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How can I efficiently pick up bricks off the floor?

My floor is covered in bricks. My bare feet can't take much more abuse. Is there a way of collecting up the bricks easily, or should I just get on my knees and start scooping them up with my hands?
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Cleaning a lot of bricks after a very long time in storage [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I have a lot of bricks that have been in storage for a few years. They've been stored in a closed big box. They're now very dirty. It's ...
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Why are old LEGO bricks more brittle than new ones?

My vintage LEGO sets (circa 1980) are difficult to unbuild. Some pieces are prone to break. Did the plastic recipe change with time or are the bricks simply degrading?
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LEGO cleaning techniques and tools

Previously I've used toothbrushes but maybe these would eventually scratch the surface? What have you used? And was it easy? As well as cleaning, what about drying and buffing? Anyone tried polishing ...
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Cleaning lego: substances that can be safely used without causing damage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I've used a normal washing up solution of Fairy washing up liquid and warm water to good effect previously, but I do find the blocks attract ...
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How do you repair yellowed or faded Lego blocks?

In particular, I've had white blocks that have yellowed in places. Can the colour consistency be restored? Or at least improved? I'd be more interested in people's actual experiences rather than ...
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Is it safe to wash LEGO pieces in the dishwasher?

I've heard from a lot of people that LEGO can be washed in the dishwasher, but I'm concerned about warping, losing stickers, wearing off of painted pieces, etc. Is it safe to actually wash them in the ...