|Caring for your Sonic items collection is also an important fact to consider.
You want to hold onto your Sonic items forever, so keeping them in good shape is important for their longevity. With this page you can find tips, instructions and photos illustrating how to keep your Sonic goods in as nice of shape as possible. This includes display options, storage options and more. If you've got stuff (or LOTS of stuff) take a look to be sure you're doing what you can to keep it nice for years to come.
Keep Out of the Sunlight
|The Sun is the Enemy
Sunlight is great for you, but bad for your items. Sunlight and the various types of UV Rays that reach this planet are the bane of dyes. Sunlight can fade anything from paint, to paper, to stickers and plastics. Some items fade faster than others, but pretty much everything will eventually fade if it's exposed to direct sunlight for too long. Even cloth, rubber, dyed wood, plush fabric, and item boxes can be affected. There are VERY few Sonic items which would not be, and those are solid un-dyed metal and glass objects.
When keeping your collection remember:
Most items are pretty resistant to the star's rays. You don't have to house your stuff in some dark cave to keep it safe. Avoiding direct exposure is mostly all you'll need to have a vibrant collection for years to come.
Clothing Care: Keep It Clean
|Managing a large (or small) Sonic clothing collection is not without it's own unique challenges. Seen here are 2 varieties of afflictions that can happen to YOUR shirts if you don't mind them well enough. The black shirt seen here is afflicted by "Drawer Rot" also called powder-stain, powdery mildew, or closet-dust. The white shirt has been afflicted with "Closet Rust" which is another type of drawer rot. This causes the yellowing of white material and in some cases little dark (permenent!) rust colored spots to form ANYwhere on the shirt. You can often bleach away (carefully) the yellowing, but the small rust spots are unfortunately permenent on most (but not all) fabrics.|
|You seriously do not want any of these nasty things to happen to any of your shirts or other Sonic themed clothing, so it's important to store them properly. These conditions are not only disgusting (drawer rot/powder stain is actually a powder-fungus! Or sometimes it can be a mildew which is an annoying plant-like item) but they de-value the item, make it nasty to wear and help it to look bad. These conditions primarily strike at old clothing, but as seen here, new can also be affected. Use these tips to put a stop to drawer rot!|
|Drawer Rot LOVES
Extreme heated areas (attics, etc)
Dark drawers that are unused
Dark closets that are unused
Pet hair covered items
|Drawer Rot HATES
Sealed off items with little air
Items exposed to fresh air often
Extremely cold places
|Always try to do what drawer rot HATES!
Here, you can see shirts set up in bags. If you fold and roll, you can fit several of them into one of those clear bags news papers come in. Make sure to use clear, un-dyed bags for maximum safety. Squeeze all the air out and tie it off at the top. Bagging will keep out most air, moisture and dirt. This works for shirts you're not wearing or displaying.
|What do do if YOUR item gets drawer rot (powdered kind)
Don't panic, it's fix-able. First, lay the item out on the floor, and use a lint roller or clothes brush to brush it off. Keep brushing until you don't see any more white stuff. Turn it over and do the other side (even if you don't see any!) then, turn it inside out, and brush both of the inside-sides. If it is somewhere, it is everywhere on the item. Alternately, you can put it through the washing machine (but NOT the dryer! Always hang out all Sonic clothing) if you know that the design is sturdy.
*The shirt seen above does not have a sturdy design. It was brushed to remove the substance.
Then, spray the shirt with disinfectant spray. Make sure that it is not just one of those 'scent removal' fresh sprays, or an air freshener. The objective is to kill the substance, so use something like Lysol or another real disinfectant. Spray all the outsides and insides by holding the can FAR from the shirt and letting the mist fall onto it. You don't want to soak it (thus risking a stain) but you have to try and kill the stuff.
Set the sprayed shirt in a breezy area of the house (but not outside, spores or pollen could fall on it) and be sure that the spray thoroughly dries up. You don't want to fold up the item while it is still wet with spray, because the chemicals might cause a stain later on.
Isolate the shirt
What do do if YOUR item gets drawer rot (staining yellowing kind)
When you're done, hang it on a hanger somewhere to dry. You'll need to repeat this process at least 3 times, to cure most yellowing completely. Let it dry thoroughly every time. Some items may need more.
Closet Rust (little brown specks/stains) have no current known cure.
This yellowing and rust staining is ESPECIALLY sensative to already-worn clothing and is easily spawned by sweaty clothing. Any clothing with sweat residue can be vulnerable. Be extra careful with washing.
|To long-term store your shirts, you can use Space Bags. They're not from space, but they save you space. SonicGear collection is stored inside SpaceBags. These special bags are made of heavy-duty clear plastic with a double zip top front. You then use your vacume cleaner to suck out all the air through a special button on the bag. This causes the shirts & anything else inside to shrink down small. It also takes away some of the drawer-rot hazard by creating a low air, low moisture sealed environment.
Where can you find SpaceBags?
|Many different bag sets are available online. The lowest-priced ones of the most appropriate size have been added here. Multiple links provided in the event that one of them changes to something unfavorable. One of these should have a hand-pump air remover if you lack a vac.|
Figure Care & Display Guide: This website has a decent article on figure care and display. It ALSO has images of what happens to figures if they're not well cared for. It's figures of all types, but Sonic does come up in their examples, so it's worth a look and a read.