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Default How do you clean your wool pads?

Compounding pads. I have a spur tool but after doing one side of the boat they just seem to have to much material embedded in the wool. I have 3 pads I've used various times, the wool is still in good shape but I'd like to get them clean.
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I use a big zip tie in a loop or a flat head screw driver.
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I have a few pads and when one starts to clog up I throw it in a 5 gallon bucket of water to soften and spin it out a few times with the machine and it dries in the sun quickly.
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Flat head screwdriver after it dries then this
https://www.chemicalguys.com/Foam_Wo...buf_333_16.htm
Awesome results !
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I fill a bucket with water and simple green. Let them soak, then with a sized brush, scrape the crud off, and then rinse with a hose.
Let them dry out in the sun
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I toss em in the washing machine.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
I toss em in the washing machine.
yep, but don't tell the wife. i washed about 35 of them once. left a bunch of wax in the machine. just wash a bunch of old towels after
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bucket of soap and water, let them soak for awhile then use you're finger tips to brush out any clumps while still in bucket. put on buffer and finish clean and dry using paint stick
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This works
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Needle-nose pliers makes short work of it.
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
This works
I have the spur tool but I want to get them like new clean. 1 pad is 100% wool and says not to machine wash so I'm guessing it's not reccomended to use soaps or detergents. ??
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You guys really clean those things?

You mean you dont go through 25 of them each time you wax or compound the boat?

Huh, learn something new everyday.
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5 gallon bucket and laundry detergent.
I let then sit in the bucket until I walk out to the side yard and realize I left them there.
Usually takes a couple of days of soaking and then hit them with the garden hose.
After that the spur takes care of the rest.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
I toss em in the washing machine.
I do the same thing, throw in the washing machine with the other detail rags and towels.
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How does the spur work? Just roll it over the pad and it picks up the clumps?
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Yes. Just hold it on the spinning pad and it will clear it.
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I put them in a bucket with laundry detergent and fabric softener, let them soak for about 1 hr, agitated by hand, rinsed, soaked in plain water and they came out good.
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I use a grinding wheel dressing tool. Similar to the spur tool but a the mechanism is a little different. Works like a charm.

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This is why when the wife got a new washing machine I kept the old one. For myself put it out side for my grease rags and really oily clothes. Many moons ago I put some dirty oily clothes in the washing machine and forgot to tell her. Anyways she put one of her good dresses in it and it cost me another $200 to replace it on top of having to listen to her about it. Shop washing machine is a must have right next to the old refrigerator full of beer.
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Originally Posted by Jonesy23 View Post
I have the spur tool but I want to get them like new clean. 1 pad is 100% wool and says not to machine wash so I'm guessing it's not reccomended to use soaps or detergents. ??
Nope, it's the agitation, and spin cycle that is bad for them.

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