Best way to remove dust

Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
So over the summer I spent three months working at a summer job and thus had no authority of my Legos. When I left I had everything important put in drawers or boxes, including my UCS Tumbler. When I returned I found that someone had moved most of my boxes/drawers which included the unit that had my Tumbler. Luckily they had the sense to take the Tumbler out of the drawers for moving them so it didn't destroy itself but unfortunately they didn't think to put it back in, so it sat on my Lego table for about two months. When I returned home I nearly had an aneurism from the dust that built up (there was almost no dust but I am very OCD about the light white film on my Jet black tumbler). I put it away after making an attempt to clean it off with little success but recently was prompted to take it out and am now bothered yet again by the gray-ish tint. Does anyone know a good way to remove the dust? I tried warm water and a tooth brush but I couldn't get around the bases of the studs very well. 

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  • blogzillyblogzilly Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 598
    I'm anxious to see what people suggest. 

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,348
    Fairly certain that this is a topic that already has a thread or two or three....
    One is this one:
    http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/comment/464517#Comment_464517

    SprinkleOtter
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,443
    For light dust I use a can of air for computers. for heavy dust I have a small hand held shop-vac with a computer cleaning kit. If those don't work I take it apart and use a toothbrush with bar soap. you can also put the bricks in a  garment bag for washing machines on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Just make sure there are no printed, plated, or sticker parts.
    Jackad7
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 486
    gmonkey76 said:
    For light dust I use a can of air for computers. for heavy dust I have a small hand held shop-vac with a computer cleaning kit. If those don't work I take it apart and use a toothbrush with bar soap. you can also put the bricks in a  garment bag for washing machines on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Just make sure there are no printed, plated, or sticker parts.

    Those all sound like good ideas. Thanks for the advice!
    gmonkey76
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 940
    Copying my comment from a different 'dust' thread:

    This is what I've taken to doing. I use a paintbrush to take any excess dust off the set, then break it down. I put it in a dish of warm water and suds, and let is soak for a few hours. I take the pieces out a handful at a time, drain the water in a sieve, and spread them across a big towel on a table. Repeat for all pieces (I recently did this with 10212; it can take some time!) and try to have them spread as thinly as possible across the towel. I then run a hair dryer with a low heat over all the pieces. 

    Of course, this isn't the most sustainable strategy unless you want to rebuild your collection every month. I'm only doing it now because I'm getting ready to move my collection out of my family home. 
    Jackad7
  • josekaleljosekalel Rio Grande Valley, TexasMember Posts: 680
    There needs to be a master thread on how to clean LEGO.
    Jackad7AllBrick
  • xwingpilotxwingpilot UKMember Posts: 797
    ^ Agreed. But for the sake of repetition, I use a camera cleaning blower and brush. It's a very cheap and effective solution.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    josekalel said:
    There needs to be a master thread on how to clean LEGO.
    There was: http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/69/cleaning-lego#latest
    madforLEGOjosekalelgmonkey76
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,004
    There were also several offshoot threads including one about restoring the color of faded lego
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,095
    I've just bought one of these:

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/mini-vacuum-cleaner-lg61r

    It's probably cr*p, but for £4.99, I thought I'd give it a go... I'll report back on findings when it arrives.
  • josekaleljosekalel Rio Grande Valley, TexasMember Posts: 680
    josekalel said:
    There needs to be a master thread on how to clean LEGO.
    There was: http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/69/cleaning-lego#latest
    Let me rephrase myself..."There needs to be a master thread on how to clean LEGO that's also stickied" under the Collection subforum (since I don't think it should go with the Building one). This thread should also include restoring faded colors. 
    Jackad7Legogramcatwrangler
  • blogzillyblogzilly Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 598
    These are all good ideas. I'm curious about the science on UV light, sonic cleaning, etc.  I buy a lot of used sets to save money. I get a shitload of other people's neglect included with that. Since I'm allergic to dust you would think I would stop this. Instead I want to figure out a method to drop the offending bricks into something that can gently clean them with little dust going into the air. I'm going to come up with something that works for me.
    Jackad7
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,445
    Dynamite gets rid of dust. Guaranteed.
    Jackad7
  • AllBrickAllBrick UKMember Posts: 1,404
    edited December 2016
    Air purifiers. 

    More of a dust prevention.

    Sanex Zero shower gel, toothbrush and warm water for my grimiest orphan elements.
    Jackad7
  • blogzillyblogzilly Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 598
    I got one of those. A good one. Does work good for dust particles, I'll give you that. Need to order a new set of filters. They ain't cheap. 
    Jackad7
  • TrikkyrTrikkyr YorkshireMember Posts: 14
    Probably not helpful but I have a handy Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath at work which i use for any particularly dusty/dirty used lego I buy, not exactly practical for home use though unless you're regularily dealing with scruffy used lego. Other that just a handy VAC and a brush attachment every now and again.
  • Boardshorts85Boardshorts85 ChicagoMember Posts: 175
    A few weeks back I was tired of the dust that had accumulated on my BL'd 5004590 Batpod, 76046 Batwing, and 76045 Batmobile...

    I removed the few stickered pieces (just in case), rinsed the sets under the faucet, and let them air dry.  Good as new!

    I've since done the same with the Corner Deli, Mos Eisley Cantina, and a few MOCs.  Pretty happy with the results.

    I'm being more proactive about keeping my GBHQ and modulars dust free in the first place...
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