Sometimes no matter what you do to prevent it, figures will get dusty and dirty. And most thrift store or eBay purchases of loose figures require a good cleaning too. This month's tip for new collectors will have your figures in tip-top condition, whether new or old.
Tip: Don't be afraid to give dirty, dusty, grimy, or slobbery toys a bath! Simply drop the figure into a bowl of warm water, add a reasonable amount of soap (no bleach or harmful chemicals), and grab a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let the figure soak for a bit, then use the toothbrush to give it a good scrub. Pay particular attention to joints and textured areas. Figures with stickers, decals, or fabric may not be ideal for full submersion, but are instead better suited to a toothbrush dipped in soapy water that allows for greater discretion with cleanable areas.
You can read more tips on starting a collection, so take a few minutes to ensure that your collection will be shiny and squeaky-clean for years to come.