View Full Version : Pad Cleaning my way

Nov 17th, 2005, 04:47 PM
I know there are many different methods that people use to clean there pads but this is the way that has worked for me and I am still on my original pads from last christmas. Now granted the pad I demo'ed this technique with was one that i used the pc with #83 to clean a chrome plastic liscense plate frame that I thought was to far gone. Well it came out great I will let you see the pad.
Yea its disgusting.
To clean the pads I used Dawn direct foam dish soap and a fairly stiff dish brush that I purchased just for this.
I added a little bit of the soap in the bathroom sink and ran slightly warm water
I then dipped the pad into the soapy water to get it slightly damp. And then I gave the pad a few pumps of the foam and massaged it into the pad with my hands.
After I did that i worked the pad in the water rinsing it in the soapy water. I then added another pump of soap to the pad and used the brush only applying a little pressure and using the brush like a dial on a clock not brushing it back and forth.

You may have to repeat that one if need be. I then rinsed the pad by folding it and squeezing it under the running water to allow the dirty water and soap to escape.

Well after all soap is rinsed out you can place the pad in a couple clean microfibers and step on it flatly to help speed up the drying process and sit it somewhere on a towel to air dry.
Now granted this pad did not come out totally perfect but you have to realize I have constantly used this pad since last christmas. Now I would not be afraid to use this pad for anything.

I hope I was able to help Greg

Nov 17th, 2005, 04:52 PM
Great little write up! Similar to the method that I use to clean mine. Looks like the process worked very well.
:xyxthumbs :xyxthumbs

I used a brush once on a pad, my guess is the bristles were to stiff as I ended up damaging the pad. :mad:

Nov 17th, 2005, 05:08 PM
Wow! That came out great! I'll give that a try if I ever have a really dirty pad. I've had great success with soaking a few pads in 2-3 gallons of cold water with a couple ounces of Dawn and letting it sit for a while. I know Meguiar's doesn't recommend soaking pads, but I've never had a problem.

Nov 17th, 2005, 05:21 PM
Can anybody identify that dish brush?

Nov 17th, 2005, 05:46 PM
The dish brush is just one from a grocery store its "quickie" thats the brand there wasnt too much labeling I try not to go to crazy when i scrub the pads for fear of tearing them its not an extremely stiff one. Its comparable to the meguiars interior brush bristles. Hope that helps. If any more question feel free to ask. Greg.

Jan 26th, 2006, 10:15 PM
Can you use that technique for applicator pads?

Setec Astronomy
Jan 27th, 2006, 04:52 AM
You're obviously not married, or you would be cleaning that pad in a bucket in the garage, instead of the bathroom!

Jan 28th, 2006, 11:14 AM
Hi new here,
I clean my pads almost the same way works great. Also for applicator pads throw them in the washer with your towels usually works good for me.
And this is coming from a girl...I clean mine in the bathroom or kitchen sink...lol.

Jan 31st, 2006, 07:14 AM
thats what i do just throw them in the wash with the towels and the soap in the wash gets them clean but ill try the way you did it cause sometimes i need them quicker and to wash them and dry takes a bit longer in the washer

good how-to/tip :D

Feb 25th, 2006, 03:18 PM
The only thing when washing the applicator pad that way there still dirt inside of the applicator. I washed mine in the washer and they came out clean.

Feb 27th, 2006, 05:26 PM
I use APC 4:1 in warm water, soak for 15 minutes and scrub with a similar brush, basically the same thing.

Sep 2nd, 2006, 11:33 AM
Why do we need to clean applicator pads. The car is clean before use so pad should be clean. I store used pads in a open zip lock bag. Meguiar rep. at a Good Guys car show gave me that info.

Sep 16th, 2006, 03:05 AM
great write up and pads look good.

one question. how is the backing on the pad? i wanna wash mine but i hear you're not really suppose to and MEGUIARS doesn't promote that.

Oct 29th, 2006, 07:10 PM
I found this very helpful. My pads look like new again. Thanks for the write up.

Oct 29th, 2006, 07:22 PM
Great write-up. I will keep this in mind for my pads if they get that bad. :)

Feb 19th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Curios..... Has anybody here ever tried washing pads in the dishwasher? Save the dishes.

Feb 20th, 2007, 06:50 AM
Curios..... Has anybody here ever tried washing pads in the dishwasher? Save the dishes.

no i haven't. but not sure if it'll work. seems like a great idea though. it'll be hot enough to melt any left over wax that's for sure.

there isn't any scrubbing action going on. more high powered jet water and heat.

maybe though, you can clean the pads using a TT, then soak them 10:1 APC and then place them in dishwasher by themselves and see.

my fear is it'll be to wet for too long and then backing on the pad will come off and then there goes the pad.:mad:

Feb 20th, 2007, 11:32 AM
i use a similiar technique .dawn sure seems to clean these very well.....plus a good way to save a little cash.....nice write up

Feb 20th, 2007, 01:21 PM
Try dawn power dissolver, it comes in a spray bottle and can be found in the home cleaning aisle. It gets tough stuff like NXT and #21 out without breaking a sweat. I haven't had much luck with regular dawn on those two. APC has worked ok, but the Power Dissolver is amazing.

Feb 20th, 2007, 09:34 PM
>>>my fear is it'll be to wet for too long and then backing on the pad will come off and then there goes the pad.<<<

I'm still a rookie in reference to using a PCDA. I have know idea what to expect, other than what I've read. That being said, for me cleaning the pads would be considered inconsequential (waiting for the weather to break) for me at this point. I thought I'd throw in the thought of [maybe] using the dishwasher. I seemed a good idea at the time. Now that I've read you mentioned a potential DE-lamination debacle, I could see that as being a problem. Good catch.

Apr 20th, 2007, 09:07 AM
You can avoid having to use any sort of dish brush/spur by cleaning your pads in a timely manner. I would say within a couple hours of use.

After I'm done, my pad is caked with "brand X's" fine cut or machine glaze, so I simply run the hot water, spread some dish soap on the pad and knead it in with my hands. Then with my thumbs (and the pad under the water) run them across the surface and continue to squeeze. Then wring 5 or 6 times until the suds stop, and the pad is almost like new. Been doing this on my pads that are approaching 1 yr old and it works great. Thing is, polish does not really penetrate deep into a pad's surface. I would say the top 1/4" maybe. That's why its easy to get them back to new.

Nice 5 min burst workout for your hands too!!