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Cleaning Lego sails?

 
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ZombieAndi
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Cleaning Lego sails? Reply with quote

I won a very old (from 1992) Pirates set at ebay the other day which was delivered today.
It is used, so I put all the pieces into the washing machine with 30C.
But how can I clean the sails?
Do you have any experiences with cleaning Lego sails?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't you find that your pieces get all scratched up if you put them in the washing machine?

Here's a tip from ffilz (not sure if he's a member here) about cleaning sails:

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Pirate ship sails and other fabric: LEGO fabric items may be cleaned with mild detergent (such as liquid dish soap). A brush may be used to scrub particularly dirty spots. They should be laid out to dry on a flat absorbent surface. After drying, they may be ironed (use low or medium heat). If the sails have a strong smoke smell, use of an anti-bacterial liquid hand soap can help.

If the edges start to fray, you may trim them with scisors. Some people have used an anti-fraying treatment (available at fabric and craft stores) to prevent fraying.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me just add, if it's only dust, I've found that plain water cleans LEGO capes very well. (I'd originally thought it would take a lot of effort, but dust does not get trapped on the fabric, because it's woven very tightly.)

They probably don't need the dishwasher treatment. Just try running the faucet over the sails for a moment and air-drying them.
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