Really are magic! These are great for taking all sorts of marks and stains off of ponies, as well as for the general cleaning of surface dirt and reducing the appearance of smooze/pin dot mold. Make certain to get the original version. The ones made for bathrooms, etc., have cleaning chemicals in them that you don't want on your ponies. These are great for cleaning over symbols, eyes, blush and other painted areas. Be gentle as they will remove symbols and other paint if you rub too hard. And yes, they are supposed to fall apart as you use them.
When gluing broken bits back onto playsets, fixing accessories, or replacing stickers, various adhesives are available. Because of the effects chemicals may have on these items over time, such as discoloring, or brittleness, you may choose to use adhesives specifically intended for collectibles. These include model glue or museum putty, both available at most craft stores and amazon. Look for items described as "archival safe" when searching for adhesives. There are also several types of glue available designed for use with plastics
Many collectors also use Tacky Glue, Elmer's Glue, and Rubber Cement for various
This is used for cleaning, disinfecting, whitening, and killing mold and mildew. The Clorox website recommends soaking plastic, non-porous toys in a solution of 3/4 cups bleach per gallon water for 5 minutes to kill germs and mold. No directions available for its use on porous toys such as ponies though. Bleach usually doesn't affect a pony's body color, but may fade hair, painted areas, cause yellowing on so softs, or breakdown of glue. Bleach is a strong base and is corrosive and will damage PVC. When used to bleach staining caused by a fungus, the dark color usually returns when the PVC returns to it's normal pH level.
Exposure to chlorine can cause a chemical reaction that results in brown streaks in vinyl. This cannot be reversed. Non-chlorine bleach may be safer for ponies. Chlorine is also present in things like cardboard, paper products, sometimes even accessories.
Available at most pharmacies, Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is chemically compatible with vinyl, but not nylon. It can be used for disinfecting, whitening, brightening, removing spots, and can even be used for fading pony cancer and cleaning leaking plasticiser. It seems to only work to fade spots when the toy is left soaking in the solution while exposed to the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause fading usually to the pony's painted areas and hair. Hydrogen Peroxide is often safe to use on glitter symbols when other cleaning products aren't, but this always depends on the glue. It can loosen glue, dry out and damage nylon hair, will cause chartreuse and neon hair to bleed and stain vinyl, it will remove paint from twinkle eyes, and may harden the pony's body.
To clean many surface stains as well as mold and rust inside a pony's body, simply soak it in a solution of water and OxiClean or another cleaning product such as Vanish Oxy Action. Warm or hot water may be safer than boiling water. The spray on version works well for cleaning so soft ponies. If using hot water, be careful that the pony doesn't burn or melt with contact on the bottom or sides of the pot.
Remove the ponies head so the water gets inside. This also helps prevent the head and body from becoming misshapen and allows the pony to dry more thoroughly. You'll also likely to rinse off excess powder and wash and condition your ponies hair after you are finished.
There doesn't seem to be a set rule collectors use for the amount of powder and water to use. It's just a arbitrary "scoop" of cleaning product in a pot, bowl, or sink full of water. The amount of time to soak the pony varies by what it is you are trying to remove. If boiling, the pony can realistically only stay in the water for a few minutes. For soaking really difficult stains and molds, its not uncommon for collectors to leave their ponies in the bath for hours.
Do not boil so softs, or expose princess ponies, ponies with glittery symbols, ponies with plastic attachments, and ponies with moving or electronic parts to water. This may ruin them. The OxiClean can also take the finish off of pony eyes and the pearlized paint off off twinkle eyes and will cause chartreuse and neon hair to bleed and stain vinyl. Color changing hair will melt when exposed to heat.
In case you've ever wondered, these products are just Hydrogen Peroxide and washing soda: What percent hydrogen peroxide is Oxyclean equivalent to?
Available at Twin Pines of Maine, used for removing stubborn stains on ponies. Reportedly works best on white, yellow, pale pink, or flesh-colored ponies. It leaves faded marks on other body colors and can fade any pony. Follow the manufacturer's instructions closely and test on an inconspicuous area first. Most collectors aren't using this anymore because of how badly it will discolor a pony if used on the wrong body color. It will also transfer onto other ponies and cause discoloration on them as well. The reason for this is explained on the manufacturer's website:
"Most vinyl plastics are normally colored by adding metal oxide pigments to the plastic mass before it is molded. When vinyl compounds colored in this way are treated with REMOVE-ZIT to remove a stain the pigment is not affected by the treatment and the stain is removed.
Another way to color some vinyl compounds is simply to add a dye to the plastic mass before it is molded. When vinyl compounds colored in this way are treated with REMOVE-ZIT the stain is removed but in many cases so is the dye used to color the vinyl. Strictly speaking, a dye is a stain and REMOVE-ZIT is an efficient stain remover." Photo courtesy KitKatVintage.
Available in liquid and spray forms, Mod Podge can be used to seal paint. It tends to have a shinier finish than a pony's body would naturally and can dry sticky. Testors Dullcote dries with a finish that is closer to the pony's original shine for when you need to seal paint to match the rest of the body, and it isn't sticky.