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Can you use glass or window cleaner on figures?

Azulejo2 months agoAsk MFC
My figures often accumulate a lot of dust. Partly because for some weird reason my bedroom becomes dusty fast (I don't know why) and because I can be very busy and lazy so I don't clean them up as properly as I should.
So when cleaning time comes up my main tools for the task are a microfiber cloth, a soft brush/duster and window and glass cleaner (I may need to check back the labels to make sure I'm not confusing the one I'm using nowadays but I've always favored those free from ammonia), like "Windex" and similar generic brands.
Since this are the kind of materials recommended for taking care of expensive and delicate appliances like laptops, smartphones and TV screens I didn't question my choice so much. However some weeks ago I read a post about how insecticide (A product I would probably regard as safe for figures) can actually cause damage to figures and it made me wonder if the use of window cleaner or similar products and substances, that for so long I've had regarded as harmless, could casuse stains, decoloration or any other form of damage to my precious collection.
Does anyone of you have any advice or information in this regard?
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Ruttsu as Ruttsu
I would stick to lukewarm water and (neutral) soap, and don't take chances with glass cleaners, they have been used for ages to clean airbrushes (and used as an ingredient to make homemade airbrush cleaner) and also to thin some paints, even if there are some that could eventually be OK, there are others that can damage the clear coat and the paint.
2 months ago
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Azulejo (2 months ago) #24611944Thanks for the tips! Does compressed gas/air works as well as air compressor? Because I actually have one for cleaning my laptop.
I use it, but many people argue that it has some chemicals in it (that’s why the air you get out is so cold for example). So everyone doesn't agree, but I’d say it’s okay – however note that in the long run air compressor might be cheaper because you aren’t buying cans.
2 months ago
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Thank you everyone for commenting!, based in your opinions I'll stop using glass cleaner, I just hope I didn't cause damage to any of my figures (Altought I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary, so I guess we are fine).
Have a nice day, everyone!
2 months ago
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Ruttsu (2 months ago) #24618224I only wash a figure if cleaning with a brush isn't enough, but if I have to, I use a regular soap bar to make the water soapy, I just avoid any type of soap with special properties like for example: moisturizing or exfoliating properties XD
Thank yoy! I'll keep it in mind!
2 months ago
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snowfei (2 months ago) #24580928I personally wouldn't use window cleaner on my figures... My collection is small enough that I can use luke warm water and rinse everyone off + wipe them dry with a soft cloth and be good.
On a side note though, make sure you're washing your microfiber cloth and you're not using fabric softener with it. No point in dusting with a dirty rag. :D

Thanks, I do wash my micrifiber clothes from time to time! It does matter if I use fabric softener?
2 months ago
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chapters0 (2 months ago) #24567339I use windex and i never had a problem with it. the paint or coating has never come off or anything like that
Maybe the effects differ from one brand to another, for safety I would rather discontinue the use of window cleaner. Anyway, Thanks for your opinion!
2 months ago
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Tachikomatic (2 months ago) #24559042Make up brushes does the job. Totally Agree with this text :dadrikyn (2 months ago) #24607660I just dust it off with a make-up brush, and then use a swifter pad to pick up the rest of the dust on shelves or large areas. The few times I needed more than that I just used a little water.
In fact I did buy a set of makeup brushes some time ago for this very same purpose, Thank you for your help!
2 months ago
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Ruttsu as Ruttsu
Azulejo (2 months ago) #24610739Thanks for the suggestions! What kind of soap do you use? I've heard that dish soap works well.I only wash a figure if cleaning with a brush isn't enough, but if I have to, I use a regular soap bar to make the water soapy, I just avoid any type of soap with special properties like for example: moisturizing or exfoliating properties XD
2 months ago
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Shaerileth (2 months ago) #24577855Make-up brushes and fabric softener sheets. Dust is attracted to things because of static electricity. Dryer sheets are made to make clothing not stick to each other and so rubbing them on any surface also helps keep dust away for longer. It never occurred to me to use fabric softener sheets, I'll keep them in mind! Thank you for the tip!
2 months ago
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Mekuneko (2 months ago) #24551780I at least wouldn't use a window cleaner if it's made for glass, and I agree with Ruttsu (below).
Usually just wiping of the dust is enough anyway, makeup brushes are really good for this. You can also consider to get an air compressor to blow the dust off. That also works for computers.
layla-weston90 (2 months ago) #24558896I agree with Ruttsu, I never use window cleaner on figures as it's known for stripping the clear coating off,
I also agree with Mekuneko with the air compressor and make up brushes, I recently bought some make up brushes myself so I am able to get into the nooks and crannies on each figure to shift the dust, the make up brushes have soft bristles and come in different sizes, I also use luke warm water like Ruttsu for the more dusty figures :)

Thanks for the tips! Does compressed gas/air works as well as air compressor? Because I actually have one for cleaning my laptop.
2 months ago
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Ruttsu (2 months ago) #24551246I would stick to lukewarm water and (neutral) soap, and don't take chances with glass cleaners, they have been used for ages to clean airbrushes (and used as an ingredient to make homemade airbrush cleaner) and also to thin some paints, even if there are some that could eventually be OK, there are others that can damage the clear coat and the paint.riringo (2 months ago) #24558647I personally find water and a brush/cloth is enough. All you really need is something to pick up the dust. At the most I would use mild soap on maybe very stubborn dust (like oily deposit from kitchen fumes). I would avoid any chemical cleaners altogether because you never know how it'll react with the paint. Thanks for the suggestions! What kind of soap do you use? I've heard that dish soap works well.
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