One of the biggest challenges with LEGO displays is to keep them dust-free. In the past we have discussed several methods of keeping your LEGO displays clean (see links at the end of this post), however it is a good idea to bring up the subject again as new people come to the LEGO hobby. I know from experience that on pretty much all LEGO related websites and forums this is one of the most frequently asked questions that keeps popping up on a regular basis. So let’s discuss what methods are the most effective. 🙂
If you just have a few LEGO creations on display it is easy to just give them a quick wipe as you do your regular house-cleaning. A soft clean cloth or duster, and maybe a few bursts of compressed-air to reach some of the smaller crevices, can do the job. You can also partially (or fully) disassemble smaller displays and simply wash them off in the sink and let them dry before reassembling. Of course this won’t work if the display has stickers or electric parts, but other than that water is a great way to clean LEGO, plus it gives you a good excuse to play a bit; after all who doesn’t like to mess around with LEGO in the sink or bathtub? 🙄
However if you have a larger LEGO display that cannot be quickly wiped off or easily disassembled for washing, you will need to come up with a system that will help you keep it clean – and most importantly – something you can follow on a regular basis. In fact, it cannot be overemphasized that the most important aspect of keeping your LEGO displays clean is consistency. It is much easier to give your LEGO display a quick wipe-off once a month when the dust is still thin and loose, then trying to clean it after years of dust and grime have caked on it.
In the video below JANGBRiCKS shares ways he keeps his very large LEGO display clean. He uses a combination of methods; brushes, compressed-air and a handheld vacuum cleaner. I actually use the same methods myself, with an occasional rinse-off of some smaller LEGO creations. And I also learned a good tip from JANG that I didn’t do before. I tend to clean all my LEGO displays at the same time, and yes, just like he said, this sometimes leads to procrastination. I liked his tip of breaking the work into smaller chunks over a period of time, and I’m going to try it.
I hope the video gave you some good ideas on how to keep your LEGO displays dust-free. You should be able to find all the simple tools JANG uses locally, however if you have any trouble with this, they are also available on Amazon. Also, if you have difficulty finding small enough attachments to your vacuum-cleaner, you can insert a cutoff piece of women’s stockings in between the attachment you do have and the hose. This will prevent small pieces from being sucked up into the vacuum.
- Handheld Vacuums on Amazon
- Keyboard Vacuums on Amazon
- Micro Vacuum Attachment Kit on Amazon
- Compressed-Air Cans on Amazon
- Dusters on Amazon
What do you think? Did you find the tips and video here helpful? What cleaning methods do you use to keep your LEGO displays dust-free? Do you have a regular schedule you stick to, or tend to procrastinate? Feel free to share your own tips, tricks, and tools in the comment section below! 😉
And you might also like to check out the Care and Feed of LEGO section for more ideas, or select from the following related posts: