Cleaning Plastic Toys**
By David Moncrief
While most toys can be kept looking good by simply dusting them, there are times when you will want to clean the toy. The simpliest and best way to clean plastic toys is with soap and water.
The water should be room temperature and the soap used should be a gentle, non-abrasive one. A good dish liquid usually works well for this. There are a few things to remember before beginning the cleaning process, particularly when the toys to be cleaned are older ones.
Once you're ready to start, the following steps will help guide you through the process of cleaning your plastic toy with soap and water.
When displaying toys consider the position and location. Always be careful that the toy should 'rest' in a position 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. The best way to keep your collector toys looking their best is to have a closed display cabinet for them. Again, follow the rules for positioning the toy and the location of the cabinet with regards to exposure to the sun.
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