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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...