Cleaning Metal Toys**
By David Moncrief
Toys made from various metal materials such as diecast, tin lithograph, plastic and other toys constructed from non-porous material or toys without paper labels or decals can benefit from cleaning. However, the cleaning process for these toys is a bit different from the method you might use on a plastic toy. |
While water is usually considered an acceptable cleaning agent, you would not want to use it on any metal toy as it might cause the toy to to rust or should any water get into mechanical parts present, it could cause them to stop working. Therefore, if you want to clean any metal or vinyl toy, Amor All Original™ will work just fine, if used correctly. Not only will it clean the toy but also give it a thin layer of protection.
Cleaning with Armor All Original™
Before cleaning any toy you may want to set up an area where you have everything ready. You will want to have a padded area to work on (an old bath towel works well for this and it will absorb any drips or spills); nice soft brush for pre-dusting; clean, lint-free cloths for applying and drying (cut-up old tee-shirts work well); and you may want to wear a pair of vinyl gloves to protect your hands from the cleaning solution and protective eye wear in case of any splash ups. Also, be sure you have good ventilation. You're now ready to begin cleaning.
- With a brush or soft cloth, dust the toy to remove as much surface dirt/dust as possible.
- Prior to using Armor All Original™ on any toy, test a small spot on the underside or other obscure place to make sure the application will not cause any damage or change the color. If you see any change to the test spot, do not continue with the cleaning.
- After performing a test to confirm no change to finish, apply a thin coat of Armor All Original™ to the whole top area of the toy to be cleaned. Apply the Armor All Original™ solution using a soft, lint-free cloth that is saturated with the solution. Thoroughly wipe the toy's surface, making sure to apply to both the outside and inside of any tires present.
- On completion of application of solution, wipe off all excess Armor All Original™ with a clean, dry lint-free cloth using a very light touch. Do not leave any part of the surface wet as this may cause the surface of the toy to streak.
Optional: After wiping off the excess, come back with another clean, lint-free cloth and lightly buff to a nice 'sheen'. When wiping or buffing one should always be cautious not to over buff or apply too much pressure as this could cause damage to the finish.
- Allow the toy to sit out to until completely air dry. Do not use a hair dryer to hurry the process as the heat may cause damage.
- Your toy is now ready to store or display.
When displaying toys consider position. Always be careful that the toy should 'rest' in a positoin so as to not put pressure on any part thus causing weight damage, i.e., old rubber tires can go flat over time. Also, displaying toys in direct sunlight may cause damage if the toy is exposed to the sun's rays for too long a period. Therefore, it is best not to keep anything on a shelf too near a window.
CAUTIONS: Do not use Armor-All Original on any wooden toys or toy parts, and avoid getting this or any other cleaning agent on paper decals or tampos. This cleaning method is only recommended for adult collectible toys, not for any toy that may be played with or come in contact with children.