How do you guys dust your collection?

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  1. Bendimus Prime

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    One day I hope to have some awesome built-in display cases, but for now I just have some cool shelves in my den. Back in the day, taking them all down to dust individually was fine, but as the collection ever grows, its now a mighty task. Is there an easier way to deal with this, or is it just the cross to bare as a toy collector?
     
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    When you have a 2000 square foot house with two people, pets and soon a little one, dust is impossible to be free from.
     
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    Yeah, no. I don't even view my collection as anything big, but it still takes me a full day to dust everything.

    I just hope you have a window open and a vacuum so that that dust isn't just staying in the room. It may not be on your shelves anymore, but it will be again in a matter of hours or days if you don't insure that the dust isn't going somewhere else.
     
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    Swiffers, and I have a brush I use to get in cracks..I just blow on them as I brush the dust off. works good..
     
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    Getting a shelves with glass doors cuts down on the dust big time. But for actually cleaning the dust off, a combination of swiffers and moist q-tips for tackling the small crevices usually does the trick.
     
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    by playing with them
     
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    I've found a feather duster works nicely for most stuff.
     
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    Swiffer, small paint brush and my air compressor! Most hated duty in my house.
     
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    Pretty much. I also saw one guy who put them in the dishwasher. Try that with your Henkeis and customs.
     
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    I use my vacuum with the round brush attachment. Works great!
     
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    your joking right i saw what a dishwasercan do to a TF and its not pritty
     
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    Blowtorch. Real quick pass over the toy. Dust burns quickly. If I'm out of propane I simply grind some Dorito powder over each toy and let my dog lick it all off.
     
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    With great difficulty, not least because there aren't enough hours in the day and I can't go more than four or five toys without transforming a couple and playing about with them a bit.

    Dusting them off I use a swiffer cloth, and also compressed air for the real hard to get to bits.
     
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    A soft cloth. Sometimes slightly dampened.
     
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    Compressed air duster, and sometimes a soft makeup brush. Those really help to clean chrome. But Swiffers are your friends. Too bad I don't dust nearly enough. Then again, my shelves are packed.

    Dumb addendum question: I've heard of instances where pieces that suffer from Gold Plastic Syndrome or GPS have been stored for ages, with no issues, but when they're exposed to air, the plastic oxidizes. Is it the air, the dust, or the oil from fingerprints that causes it? Has anyone managed to figure that one out? I'm curious, particularly for those who have glass cases if that's any additional protection against GPS issues.
     
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    I'd say about once a month or so I take a weekend and just power through a cleaning session. I take the time to take each figure from the shelves, rearrange them, all the while dusting them with compressed air, soft brushes, and Swifter dust rags. I've never bothered to actually vacuum the dust because I don't see a significant difference when I've done it once or twice.

    The most important thing is just staying on top of it. Don't let it get out of hand with the dust. Pick up a couple of figures every now and then and just blow dust off them.
     
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    Ur supposed to dust?
     
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    Feather duster and playing with them
     
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    If you are hardcore dusting figures the best tools you can use are:

    -Soft cloth
    -Cotton swabs
    -Shaving soap brush or a make up brush

    A vacuum is a great tool for picking up dust too.

    With all this being said, the best investment any collector can make is purchasing display cabinets with doors. I maybe dust my collection twice a year. Even then there is next to nothing on my figures, but I do it anyway. I know some people put off buying them due to cost but if you look around great deals can be found.

    I use something similar to this

    Wide Storage Cabinet | Canadian Tire

    If you wait for a sale you can snag them for like $90.

    The doors on mine are solid wood, but this is basically a newer version of what I have. They keep out dust and sunlight, and hide my figures when I don't want to look at them. The shelves are also adjustable so you can make them fit your needs. You can fit several hundred figures inside of just one.
     

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