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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Count Blacktron » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:41 pm

Bluesecrets wrote:I can tell you NOT to put them in a lingerie bag and then load them into your clothes washing machine. That is a HUGE mistake. Its BAD BAD BAD. It doesn't work..and I think it eventually kills your clothes washer. Nope..stick to the dishwasher and the lingerie bag if you are going to do anything like that. (And although I can not prove this was the cause..I did have to buy a new washing machine less than a year after attempting that horrible experiment.) Just say NO!


I suggest you cut back on the spirits :wink:

Duster wands and air-puff devices work around most objects, and often I have been known to soak my bricks in a tub of mildly soapy warm water, and to just give them a quick brush-over in there. But I do NOT join them. That would be awkward. :woo:
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Bluesecrets » Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:44 pm

I suggest you cut back on the spirits :wink:


Excuse me?!

What does that have anything to do with the fact that I was giving good feedback about the fact that putting LEGO in a lingerie bag and putting it into the washing machine is a really bad idea? I did it. The small pieces got out and all over the washer..inside the washer. I had LEGO in my laundry for over a month..and my washer did burn up within a year of that incident. It is not a good idea at all to try it...unless you want to have to pay for another washer.
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby porschecm2 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:01 pm

Bluesecrets wrote:I had LEGO in my laundry for over a month..


That's got to come as quite a surprise when you're getting dressed. :lol:

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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby KarenJ » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:36 am

Yeah, I tried that lingerie-bag-in-the-washing-machine thing as well. :( Very bad ju-ju... especially for the very small pieces that leak out of the easily ripped apart bag and disappear. Bad.
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Storm » Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:58 am

So, I recently found a 2008 Castle troll/ogre that had been buried in sand for, by my guess, about a year. It is coated in sand and I really want to clean it, but I don't know how to do this with the least amount of damage. Help!
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Count Blacktron » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:31 pm

Storm wrote:So, I recently found a 2008 Castle troll/ogre that had been buried in sand for, by my guess, about a year. It is coated in sand and I really want to clean it, but I don't know how to do this with the least amount of damage. Help!


Try this:
1. Grab a mixing bowl or similar vessel for holding water.
2. Fill the bowl about 1/2 full with warm water that is comfortable to put your hands in without burning.
3. Add a little mild dish washing soap.
4. Drop the troll in the bowl to soak for about three minutes.
5. Gently rub the sand away from the troll.
6. Rinse the troll in clean water and repeat the above steps.

If the sand is in his tighter places and between limbs, try running a gentle faucet of warm water over those parts and let the water carry the sand out. Fine beach sand can really get into places and be annoying, but eventually it will come away.
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby dyntar » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:45 pm

For mild dusting and cleaning i always use a soft paint brush.... it helps castles from building up dust.
i found toothbrushes tend to leave scratches.
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby BobaFett2 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:40 pm

I recieved a bunch of LEGO from a friend and a huge portion of the parts were dirty. I only cleaned the dirtiest, but I just tried to wash and wipe-sometimes soap. My cat also pooped on some LEGO, and I left them in a sink with detergent for a day then dried them off and repeated if the poop still remained.
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Storm » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:41 pm

Count Blacktron wrote:Try this:
1. Grab a mixing bowl or similar vessel for holding water.
2. Fill the bowl about 1/2 full with warm water that is comfortable to put your hands in without burning.
3. Add a little mild dish washing soap.
4. Drop the troll in the bowl to soak for about three minutes.
5. Gently rub the sand away from the troll.
6. Rinse the troll in clean water and repeat the above steps.

If the sand is in his tighter places and between limbs, try running a gentle faucet of warm water over those parts and let the water carry the sand out. Fine beach sand can really get into places and be annoying, but eventually it will come away.

Thank you SO much! It worked, and my troll army is now one ogre/troll stronger! :orc:
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Frank_Lloyd_Knight » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:54 am

BobaFett2 wrote:My cat also pooped on some LEGO...

That might be enough to put me off of buying secondhand Legos ever again. :twitch:
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Sir Prog » Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:58 pm

Since I first began this thread, in the few spare opportunities I've had to do leisure Lego cleaning, I've had GREAT success cleaning the bulk of my childhood Legos, thanks to the thoughtful advice for many of you. However, I have a new question or perhaps a more specific one. While I would soak, re-soak, and re-soak again if necessary in hot water w/Dawn detergent, I purposefully kept out larger pieces with decals on them. I am afraid these classic pieces, like the Old West "Bank", "Sheriff", "General Store", and other genre decals will peel and eventually come off if they soak. What are your experiences with Lego stickers, etc.? Thanks!
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby JoshWedin » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:03 pm

Sir Prog wrote:I purposefully kept out larger pieces with decals on them. I am afraid these classic pieces, like the Old West "Bank", "Sheriff", "General Store", and other genre decals will peel and eventually come off if they soak. What are your experiences with Lego stickers, etc.? Thanks!


They will come off if you soak the pieces. There really isn't any way to avoid that, as far as I know.

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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Sir Prog » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:34 am

JoshWedin wrote:
Sir Prog wrote:I purposefully kept out larger pieces with decals on them. I am afraid these classic pieces, like the Old West "Bank", "Sheriff", "General Store", and other genre decals will peel and eventually come off if they soak. What are your experiences with Lego stickers, etc.? Thanks!


They will come off if you soak the pieces. There really isn't any way to avoid that, as far as I know.

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Hmm, good to hear for sure on that. Do you have a method for attempting to clean around the decals then? Just individually with more care?
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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby JoshWedin » Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:38 pm

Sir Prog wrote:Hmm, good to hear for sure on that. Do you have a method for attempting to clean around the decals then? Just individually with more care?


I've never had really dirty pieces with stickers on them, except for one lot I bought that smelled really smokey. The other pieces I soaked and the smell went away. The stickered pieces I figured were a loss and I soaked them as well and threw out the unattached stickers. However, if you have caked on grime or such, you might try making up a soap solution and using a Q-tip or small toothbrush and carefully scrubbing around the stickers. Like I said, I've never done it, but that is what I would try first.

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Re: How do you efficiently clean your LEGOs?

Postby Lobberuno » Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:50 pm

I use to clean my Legos with brushes or Scotch Brite yellow sponge (I never clean minifigures or painted bricks with the green fiber, only plain color bricks and plates). Also, I use Body Milk for light cleaning, the effect provide is a shining and clean lego piece.

In this PDF, I explain how I do it:

How I clean Lego Pieces
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