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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Quote Originally Posted by lewisb View Post
    Hi all! I'm a newbee here. Just got my new Meguiar's Dual Action Polisher along with a couple of pads, the yellow one for Ultimate Compound and the black one for wax / sealant. I decided on Ultimate Liquid Wax, and everything went great! Finish turned out awesome! Then came the dilemma of how to clean the waxing pad. I read this thread and others and couldn't figure out how to wash it out. As was stated here, water alone did NO good! I tried a using some dish soap in water, again without success. I read one of the posts that said something about an enzymatic cleaner. So here is what I did... I put a couple of inches of hot water in the sink and added Oxi-clean. I let the pad soak for an hour then rinsed it out. After shaking most of the water out, I put it back on the DA polisher and ran it on 6 for about a minute. To my amazement there wasn't a trace of the ULW left! Just like new. Letting it air dry now. What do you think?
    If it worked, then it's a good thing! You can just throw the new Soft Buff 2.0 pads, which is what you have, in the washing machine with warm water wash, cold rinse and any regular laundry detergent. Then toss 'em in the dryer on low heat until dry. This almost always removes all of the wax/sealant in the pad, except for a few cases. Most all of the black finishing pads in our training garage here at work look brand new, until you look at the back and see that the ink denoting the model number has faded. These have been washed literally dozens of times, which accounts for the faded ink on the back but the like new appearance of the foam itself (which is, after all, the important part!).
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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Stoops View Post
    If it worked, then it's a good thing! You can just throw the new Soft Buff 2.0 pads, which is what you have, in the washing machine with warm water wash, cold rinse and any regular laundry detergent. Then toss 'em in the dryer on low heat until dry. This almost always removes all of the wax/sealant in the pad, except for a few cases. Most all of the black finishing pads in our training garage here at work look brand new, until you look at the back and see that the ink denoting the model number has faded. These have been washed literally dozens of times, which accounts for the faded ink on the back but the like new appearance of the foam itself (which is, after all, the important part!).
    Michael,

    Thanks for the info. Yes, I have the Soft Buff 2.0 pads. Would you wash them separately, or could you wash them with your microfiber towels? Just worry about getting that sealant on everything else in the wash!

    Bryan

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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads



    So what is the best way to clean/store foam pads?

    I see nothing has been posted to this thread in years.

    My pads could use some cleaning but I'm not looking to buy yet another chemical to do it.

    Seems like dish soap, hot water and a terry cloth towel are the tools I'd like to use.

    Thoughts?
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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Quote Originally Posted by billddrummer View Post


    So what is the best way to clean/store foam pads?

    I see nothing has been posted to this thread in years.

    My pads could use some cleaning but I'm not looking to buy yet another chemical to do it.

    Seems like dish soap, hot water and a terry cloth towel are the tools I'd like to use.

    Thoughts?
    APC to clean them. It's a pain to rinse out all of the dish soap out of them.

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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Quote Originally Posted by The Guz View Post
    APC to clean them. It's a pain to rinse out all of the dish soap out of them.
    What's APC? (Ignorance showing)
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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Bill, THis is a near midnight attempt at humor, so laugh with me.

    I believe APC is a TLA for All Purpose Cleaner.


    Note: TLA is a TLA for Three Letter Acronymn.

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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Bear View Post
    Bill, THis is a near midnight attempt at humor, so laugh with me.

    I believe APC is a TLA for All Purpose Cleaner.


    Note: TLA is a TLA for Three Letter Acronymn.
    Laughing at both-thanks!
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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    What's the best type of washer machine to use to clean the pads top or front loader and does the buffing pads float in the water?

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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    How about using a pad washing bucket?
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    Re: How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads

    Quote Originally Posted by wht4drfa5 View Post
    How about using a pad washing bucket?
    A pad washing bucket is primarily for compound & polish, products that will be released from the pad with water & agitation alone, not soap/detergent. For example, wax is not going to be released/cleaned from a pad washer. We recommend washing in machine with a free & clear detergent, for our microfiber towels and/or foam/microfiber pads. If you choose to use an all purpose cleaner, it would be best to use a product which does not have fabric softeners, like Simple Green. Many people pre-soak in a bucket with an APC, then wash in a machine with a free & clear type laundry detergent.
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