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    Hi all,

    I'm curious to how you clean your layouts from dirt, dust, etc. I have noticed on my shared layout with my sons HO that there is a decent amount of dirt/dust.

    The layout is a foam board shelf type located in the spare bedroom. Right now with no scenery in place its simple to wipe the foam board with wipes, but what to do once some scenery gets put down?

    Thank you for the help,

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    water it and let it grow hahahaha... JK.. how about those cans of air ,like for dusting keyboards ?

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    I vacuum mine with a shop vac. Just make sure everything is glued down good.
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    I have a small Shop Vac with keyboard cleaning attachments from Harbor Freight. Cleans dust off track, and spiderwebs and moth dust and corpses from the rest of the layout.

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    @sid - I'm sure there's some questionable growth in the back corners, may not even need water. I may want to consider a hazmat suit before entering the room!

    But I do like the idea of compressed air for some spot cleaning.

    @African Pirate and @el Gato Gordo - Was wondering about a vacuum but didn't know if it would remove sections of the scenery like Star Treks Crystaline Entity.

    Hey, I don't have a shop vac...think it may be a good time to suggest it to the wife so I wont use her vacuum.

    BTW, I think spider corpses adds to the realism of the layout!

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    Air spray can will only move the dust not take it away. Small hand vacuum like a Dustbuster, using a panty hose to filter details and little people from ending up in the dust bin. I also use my dustbuster to vacuum ballast , it has a small bin so I can throw back ballast or anything else after I have vacuumed it like also static grass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark S View Post
    Hey, I don't have a shop vac...think it may be a good time to suggest it to the wife so I wont use her vacuum.
    I have two. A 5 gallon one for vacuuming the room, but a much smaller (1 gallon?) one to use with the keyboard attachments on the layout. And yes, everything is glued down.

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    what about those small key board vacs ive seen on ebay or amazon. there very small with small brushes ?
    could probably take a hair dry and a soda bottle and make one ?????
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    I have a couple of different brushes (makeup brushes work well) that I use to clean off stuff.......buildings, rolling stock, ect. followed by a little canned air to finish the job. Maybe once a year, I'll pull out my small vacuum and hit the scenery. I've never found dust to be a major issue on scenery.....as long as it's not dead bugs,spider webs, ect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRLdave View Post
    ..as long as it's not dead bugs,spider webs,
    To scale or not to scale?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu View Post
    To scale or not to scale?
    haha good ?

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    @Janbouli, @el Gato Gordo, @sid, @MRLdave - thanks for all your suggestions, gives me some direction to follow.

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