How to Maintain/Wash Nendoroids or PVC figures

When nendoroids or PVC figures in general left for a long period of time, sticky layers and stains will often develop on the surface of the figure specially on FP’s (faceplates).

But first, let’s discuss about how are these sticky fluid develop? What causes it?

The reason why figures become sticky is because of the plasticizer used when making them. This plasticizer is added to the PVC (the main material used in figures) in order to make it softer – the more mixed in with the PVC, the softer and more flexible it becomes. However, over a long period of time this plasticizer vaporizes, and when this happens while a figure is sealed up in it’s box the vaporized plasticizer has nowhere to go, and thus sticks onto the surface of the figure creating a sticky layer.

How to Prevent the Stickiness:

・ Don’t leave figures in the sun for long periods of time. (This causes the plasticizer to vaporize faster)

・ Don’t leave figures in sealed boxes for too long. (This includes leaving them in the blister packs!) Source: Mikatan’s blog, goodsmileinfo

So let’s proceed how to remove the stickiness, stains and cleaning it at the same time…

Procedures:

Dismantle all nendoroid parts and put them together in a container or in a tub so we can wash them thoroughly…

Time for a bath!
Time for a bath!

Let’s pour enough tap water after we gather the parts in a container…

Lets pour the water!!
Lets pour the water!!

Now, this is the very important part, use a dish washing liquid (don’t worry, it’s safe!) and mix it with the water… Soak the parts  depending on the stickiness or stains, We suggest 30 minutes to an hour if your pvc figures are very sticky or dirty, but in this case we’ll be skipping that part so we will now proceed to the next procedure…

Let the bubbles come out!
Let the bubbles come out!

Rub every parts of your figure specially the faceplates gently or you can use soft sponge to do this so the stains and stickiness will come off easily. Don’t worry this procedure is safe, the paint job and matte finish will never come off if you followed our procedures.

rub rub rub!! gently!
rub rub rub!! gently!

Finally we just need to rinse them after gently rubbing the parts, drain the water mixed with dish washing liquid first and pour enough water again to completely rinse the parts. Make sure to rinse them well!

Rinse Rinse Rinse!!
Rinse Rinse Rinse!!

Last but not the least, gather the parts on a soft towel to dry them and you can use a hair blower to quickly dry the figures, but avoid setting it in a high temperature so you wouldn’t damage the parts.

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I’m just using a fan here to dry them off LMAO OTL

 

Result:

Good as new!
Good as new!

You can use these procedures to any kind of PVC figures so Good luck!!

Comment below if you have your own method of cleaning and washing your figures, we also want to know!

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23 thoughts on “How to Maintain/Wash Nendoroids or PVC figures

  1. could you help me with something? my miku had this black spot on her nose, and i didnt know what to do so i rubed it with my pant, and now my miku has her faceplate terribly covered with my pants color. what can i us to remove that huge stain?

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    1. Hello. Nendoism Team here. Sorry for the late reply. You could wash it and soak completely in water mixed with dish washing liquid, then gently rub using a sponge (the soft part, not the rough part of the sponge). This could do the work. If it wont work you could rub it harder, but it is possible the matte finish may be damaged s well. Only rub it harder as a last resort. Hope this helps.

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  2. Heeey i love this post, i want to know if is a problem using warm water and what about the cleaner 409 is safe to use, i read in other side you can use that =)

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  3. Hi, I’ve read your post about on how to maintain nendroids… I’m just wondering my nendroid is bootleg.. soo… is the paint will go off after I clean it with tap water/just water with dish washing liquid? I’m thinking that I’m gonna use cold water with dish washing liquid on it..

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    1. Hello nendoism team here, as for the bootlegs we don’t really know how to handle this kind of thing but always remember we do not know what kind of paint they’ve used on it so it might really damage the paint job but you can try it anyway. As far as we know, dishwashing liquid is safe to use so it might just clean your figure.

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    1. Hi! If you’re talking about the stickers used for blank face plates, you should probably use a damp sponge or cloth to clean the face plates with decals on. 🙂

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  4. Hi, I just bought a 2nd hand nendoroid from online shop and find out the nendoroid all sticky to the point where some parts won’t fall off from my finger, without help from my other hand. I’m wondering if this is normal or not??

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    1. Hi 421Cookies! Your problem is very common specially with 2nd hand nendoroids, we also experienced the exact thing and the solution is by washing all the parts completely. Please read our article regarding washing it properly and we hope that article will help you 😀

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    2. Stickiness is a result of the nendoroid either being stuck inside their packaging for extended periods of time or due to some other factors like being exposed to other foreign materials like soda or other things that can cause stickiness. Just follow our guidelines on how to wash your nendos and everything will work out like a charm. Hope that helps!

      -Nendoism Team

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  5. Hi nendoism 🙂

    I just want’t to ask, what brand would you recommended for the dish washing liquid and how many should i put in the container? thanks a bunch! 🙂

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    1. Hi! Any brand for a dishwashing liquid would do. For the amount, as long as it is sufficient to make the water soapy for you to wash the nendoroids because if it becomes too soapy, you need to rinse the nendoroids until its good. Just a fair amount will do. We hope that helps!

      -Nendoism Team

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