Tips on How to Care for Your Anime Figures Like a Pro

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Things to Keep Away from Your Anime Figure

If you want the figures to last a long time, don’t expose them to direct sunlight. It must be between 8 and 28 degrees Celsius in the room. Allow no direct light from the heat lamps to shine on the figure. The room’s humidity should also be kept to a minimum. 

This can result in the figure’s color fading or cracking. Especially with the Nendoroid, which comes with a lot of minute features that are possible to lose, transporting takes gentle and cautious magic.

Keep The Figures Away From Direct Sunlight

Everyone knows that if plastic objects are exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time, they will experience a chemical reaction. The same may be said for numbers. 

Because most figures are composed of PVC and ABS, exposing them to bright sunlight for an extended period of time will cause them to melt and destroy some of their pieces. Furthermore, the color of the figures will be discolored in comparison to when they were purchased.

The best method is to place the figures in an area where they will not be exposed to sunlight. If 

a room is limited, consider purchasing more black drapes to absorb the heat from sunshine and create an appropriate storage area for the figurines. Furthermore, if financial constraints prevent you from doing so, you can just consider finding ways to shield the figure glasses cases from sunlight.

Clean Dirt on a Regular Basis

Dust particles are constantly present in the air, affecting not only the health of the residents but also the beauty of the home. This has an impact on anime figures as well. 

The models can grow dusty even if they are carefully collected and stored in the preservation billions. Dust collects in small areas such as hair, eyes, hands, and hands. The product will lose its charm in this condition, and the color may change. 

Cleaning without leaving traces will also be tough. In that scenario, you might consider cleaning the anime figure’s little crevices with small squeegees. Cotton swabs are thought to be a temporary treatment, yet they are ineffective. 

Furthermore, a small-head air spray can be used to properly remove the debris in the crevices. This process is both convenient and quick, particularly for products with a lot of small details. 

Before handling or cleaning your figurines, always wash your hands. Your collection can become filthy and nasty as a result of your skin’s natural oil and any dirt or dust on your hands. If you touch or handle your figurines on a regular basis, they may develop a “gently used” look.

Dust, on the other hand, is the least harmful. Dust may begin to “cake” onto your figurines if left unattended for an unusually long period of time (think years and years), making it difficult to remove. 

Dust, on the other hand, is a nuisance mostly because it can make a collection appear “dull.” Dust can be kept at bay by displaying your figures in a closed cabinet or in their boxes. 

For Storage, Use Glass Cabinets

This is probably what you’re searching for if you’re looking for a good strategy to keep your numbers safe. You will be able to keep your favorite figurines clean as well as tastefully exhibit them if you use glass cabinets for storage. 

Although using a glass cabinet for storage is a viable option, it must be noted that it is not without flaws. Even glass cabinets and figures can collect dust. When left outside in the environment, however, the amount of dirt sticking to the top is far less. 

Now you must clean the glass on a regular basis in order to see the statistics inside the cabinet. A simple dusting of the figures inside every now and then.

This is the approach for displaying figurines that are most highly suggested. Glass cabinets not only seem professional and clean, but they also protect your figurines from dust, filth, and other potentially destructive elements. 

Many cabinets have mirrors in the back, allowing you to see your collection from every angle, and some cabinets even have lights to highlight every detail of your intricate figures. 

The sole disadvantage of cabinets is that they are more expensive than a bookshelf or pegboard display. If you plan to collect figurines seriously or for a long time, the investment will pay off because it will better protect your figurines and save you time cleaning and caring for them.

Pegboard and Walls

The walls and pegboard are great if you want to keep your anime figurines in their boxes. The figurine boxes can simply be nailed or pinned to a wall or strong board. 

If you don’t want to use your walls, you can use a pegboard. You can purchase a few two-legged supports to help your pegboard stand up straight. However, specialty stores and hardware stores sell pre-assembled free-standing pegboards. 

You can display your opened figures on pegboards by inserting a couple of nails underneath the figure’s armpit to keep them on either side. 

This display method, on the other hand, is only suitable for articulated figurines and does not allow for many dynamic positions. Displaying your anime figures on a pegboard is not ideal if they have props, weapons, or other accessories.

Take Care With The Figure's Tiny Details

Because of their small size, little details on figures, especially Nendoroid, are easy to slide off and disappear. Nendoroid is unusual in that you can personalize your character’s pose, face, and gear at the time of purchase by using minor parts of the figure. 

The most valuable aspect of the figure, especially for a Nendoroid, is the little pieces. As a result, figure collectors must exercise extreme caution while collecting figures with small pieces such as arms, legs, swords, firearms, and faces, which have a high risk of becoming lost. 

You can put these small pieces together to make a miniature signed box and display it next to your figure in a glass case. When cleaning figures, you should inspect these components and make a note of any flaws as soon as possible so that they can be corrected.

Only Wash When Absolutely Necessary

The dusting can be done frequently because it has little effect on the quality of a figure. Washing, on the other hand, is a different story. Figures should be washed only when absolutely essential to maintain their quality. 

Cleaning figures is as simple as washing them in warm water with a few mild detergents like soap. Clean them gently with a toothbrush to avoid damaging the color quality while also thoroughly cleaning every nook and crevice of the figure. When cleaning the figure’s details, extreme caution is advised because they are quickly lost.

If you wash them, gently pat them dry with a dry towel before allowing them to air dry. Using a dryer or exposing the figures to the sun are two things you should avoid. The sun’s or a dryer’s heat can deform your favorite figure.

Treat your Anime Figure Like your Baby

If possible, clean gently without using harsh detergents such as soap. To gently erase stains with toothpaste combined with water, use soft things like brushes and bristle towels. 

Here are a few pointers and suggestions you can use right away to keep your favorite figure collection in tip-top shape. If you have any further questions concerning the figure or how to care for it, you can contact Japan-Figure for assistance.

Getting Rid of the Dust on Your Figures

Depending on how dusty your figures are, you’ll have to clean them differently. If they only require a minor dusting, simply spritz them with compressed air or wipe the dust away with the brush. 

People typically use a make-up brush for light dusting and compressed air to remove dust from areas where the brush cannot reach. When dusting, start from the top and work your way down. 

Use a paintbrush instead of a toothbrush since tooth brushes have rough and stiff bristles that can harm the figure’s surface. When using compressed air on figures with minor removable attachments, be cautious. 

If you apply too much force, the accessories may fly across the room and become entangled in a cloud of dust bunnies.

Cleaning Your Action Figure "Dry"

This method is great for figurines that include stickers and decals, as well as those that have electric wiring or are powered by batteries. Although you are still using water, this isn’t really “dry” cleaning because you aren’t immersing the action figure in it as previously described, but rather applying a small amount straight to the action figure. 

You’ll need a jar or small bowl filled with hot, soapy water, a soft-bristled toothbrush, cotton buds, pipe cleaners, and a tiny soft sponge, as well as a soft-bristled toothbrush, cotton buds, pipe cleaners, and a small soft sponge. 

After soaking your sponge in a bowl or dish of warm soapy water and wringing off any excess, don’t scrub. Instead, delicately wipe your action figure with the sponge, being careful to avoid any areas with stickers, decals, or electrical elements.

Cotton buds are ideal for cleaning smaller or more difficult-to-reach locations. Pipe cleaners are also useful for reaching into hard-to-reach spots like the inside of a gun’s barrel or tubes, among other things. 

A toothbrush is also useful for general cleaning and removing more tenacious stains, but avoid “scrubbing” your figurines; instead, use a soft-haired brush to avoid hurting them. Brush from side to side in a smooth motion. 

If the stickers and decals need cleaning, gently “dab” them with a little damp cloth to remove any dust or grime, then dry them quickly. Ink stains can be erased by dabbing or gently “rubbing” isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) over the affected area, but make sure to rinse the alcohol off afterward.

Key Takeaways!

Now that you’ve mastered the fundamentals of figurine maintenance, it’s time to add to your collection or start one from scratch. 

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