Bugglescreations Lego - General Care
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30 December 2009
General Care for Lego Modern LEGO Bricks are made from ABS plastic, a strong, hard-wearing material. The ABS lasts just about forever, but taking good care of LEGO products prevents bricks from getting faded, dirty, and scratched. In addition to being great toys or being a creative toolkit, LEGO bricks can be a valuable investment. Lego resells very well on auction sites such as Ebay. Washing LEGO LEGO and Lego models that you've left out will inevitably collect dust or have something spilled on it. In addition to preventing fading, taking care of your LEGO bricks also involves properly cleaning them. The LEGO Company provides very specific guidelines for how to wash LEGO bricks. To wash bricks, use luke-warm water no hotter than 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Use only mild detergent, such as dish soap. Air dry your clean LEGO. Never use a hair-dryer, microwave, or oven to dry your LEGO. While soaking is a good approach for most Lego, try to avoid soaking Lego that have stickers on them, as the water invariably will ruin the sticker or cause it to lift off. The best you can do there is to wipe with a damp cloth. To clean encrustments off of bricks, you can use a toothbrush with a very small amount of white vinegar. Mini figures which have cloth capes also should be washed carefully. Take the cape off and wash separately and dry flat. Preventing Fading LEGO will fade or change color when exposed to sunlight. This is the result of a chemical process called polymer photodegredation. Long-time LEGO fans often have many examples of white and light gray pieces that have yellowed over time. Once a part has faded, there is little that can be done to restore its appearance. LEGOLAND parks actually sandblast the surfaces of their creations to restore colors, but this is both messy and prohibitively expensive for most fans. Mild bleach also works reasonably well at reducing the yellowed appearance of white bricks. To prevent fading and yellowing, LEGO is best stored away from windows that let in sunlight. Similarly, assembled creations should not be displayed in sunlight. Storing LEGO Properly storing your LEGO can prevent them both from collecting dust and from fading or yellowing. When you're not using your LEGO, store them in covered containers, such as plastic storage bins or the lidded boxes some LEGO sets come in. Store these containers somewhere away from extremes of temperature and light, such as a closet or under the bed. If you have a lot of LEGO, sorting them into smaller containers can benefit by making new creations easier, and you'll minimize scratching by limiting the amount of digging you have to do to find a particular piece. Scratching most often occurs in impacts between LEGO bricks, so smaller volumes of bricks in each container will reduce the surface damage to bricks. This is especially important to translucent pieces.
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