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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Elderberry » Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:34 pm

I just wanted to give an endorsement to whoever it was that suggested using Pledge for cleaning up. It was the only thing that worked to restore the life and luster to our grill, oven and lots of other stuff. I think it must be the wax, but whatever it was, definitely give it a try.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Snow » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:29 pm

I like clean the WHOLE thing, not just the tip.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby essjay » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:54 pm

jkisha wrote:I just wanted to give an endorsement to whoever it was that suggested using Pledge for cleaning up. It was the only thing that worked to restore the life and luster to our grill, oven and lots of other stuff. I think it must be the wax, but whatever it was, definitely give it a try.


Please let us know how it looks in a few days/weeks. My experience with waxy/lubricant treatments (ie: Armor All, etc) is that it brings back the luster, but completely dries out after a few weeks and not looking good. I'd like to know if your pledge treatment lasts after it has had some time to dry out. Also, what items did you use it on? (I still haven't done my cleaning and want to steal this tip if it works!)
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby MartyZion » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:39 pm

I'd like to thank whoever had the tip about putting an oscillating lawn sprinkler under their vehicle to clean the undercarriage (I think it was Ygmir?). I stuck one under my truck last weekend and even after two underflush car washes I was amazed at all the gunk that dripped out.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Bob » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:08 am

Pledge would probably great work as instant shampoo.

Spray it on your food to keep that just-cooked luster, if you expect a dust storm.

Pledge. It's not just for credenzas.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Elderberry » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:27 am

I used it on all my Camp Chef equipment...stove, oven, grill cover, etc. I'll keep you posted. But if it does dry out, it certainly wouldn't be a problem to spray it again.

Or maybe I'll try Carnuba Wax. I used that on some stainless stuff in the bathroom that always seemed to pit and turn brown on a regular basis, and it's remained shinny now for months.

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jkisha wrote:I just wanted to give an endorsement to whoever it was that suggested using Pledge for cleaning up. It was the only thing that worked to restore the life and luster to our grill, oven and lots of other stuff. I think it must be the wax, but whatever it was, definitely give it a try.


Please let us know how it looks in a few days/weeks. My experience with waxy/lubricant treatments (ie: Armor All, etc) is that it brings back the luster, but completely dries out after a few weeks and not looking good. I'd like to know if your pledge treatment lasts after it has had some time to dry out. Also, what items did you use it on? (I still haven't done my cleaning and want to steal this tip if it works!)
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby spacetime » Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:19 pm

Topping this because I did basically no cleaning on anything last year other than laundry and wiping down with water. Lots of my stuff was dusty to begin with this year.

Looking at this thread and a few others, some tips for getting the playa out of stuff are:

Shake anything possible first then:
  • Normal clothes: pre-soak with vinegar or wash with vinegar in the washing mashine. Oxyclean works in substitute for vinegar.
  • Furs: Commercial dryer (big laundromat dryer) with dryer sheets, no pre wash.
  • Leather: Depends on quality.
  • Electronics / grills and 'everything else: Pledge
  • Under the car: Oscillating sprinkler

Any additions / amendments to this?
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby maladroit » Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:22 pm

Calgon all the things.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:38 pm

Keep your dust mask and goggles on you during exodus!!!

When you get to 70mph and open all the windows to get rid of some of the dust, there WILL be an instantaneous white out in your car.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Shoeshine » Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:47 pm

I'll second Figgy's notion. Heading out the 447 doing 70 in the straights, I opened the drivers window and the rear passenger. I probably looked like Steve Austin (dating myself) but I left a lot of playa on the playa. Also helped de-fug the vehicle as I had put full trash bags in the way-back over the course of several high wind/dust days.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Ratty » Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:48 am

Washing a big tent is no fun. Now I'm questioning my wisdom of sewing fleece to the top. It makes it much harder to wash. AntiM secures fleece to her tents with clamps. Take note. If your tent allows for this, do it! Next up. Bike and bike trailer.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby AntiM » Sun Sep 27, 2015 1:19 pm

MyLarry sets the tents up in the back yard, cleans them with the hose, then hangs them, fully open with the poles in place, in our large tree to dry.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Ratty » Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:16 pm

Next year.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Roundabout » Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:50 pm

Any tips for getting playa dust out from the crevices of the textured vinyl on the interior of my car. I have wiped it down several times with vinegar water, but there is still a residue. This has worked for me in the past, but this is a different car, and apparently the texture of this vinyl is particularly cranky.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby gaminwench » Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:24 pm

ArmourAll on a toothbrush!
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Sham » Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:52 pm

gaminwench wrote:ArmourAll on a toothbrush!

I tried this but it makes my teeth squeak. :shock:
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby gaminwench » Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:00 pm

wait ... you have TEETH??!!???
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby sadie » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:25 am

maladroit wrote:Calgon all the things.


^this
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Roundabout » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:48 am

Thanks for the tips! :) I will try the Calgon first, then the toothbrush w/ Armorall.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Roundabout » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:59 am

To report back, the Calgon works great. A quart sized tub of water, about 1/3 of a cap of Calgon, a wet rag, and a microfiber dry rag. Slope on the Calgon treated water with the wet rag, and wipe off with the microfiber dry rag. Totally did the trick. Thanks Sadie and Maledroit!
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Oldguy » Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:58 pm

Took my tarps in today after 2 days of rain. Clean as a whistle. A little fungus but that was easily brushed off. 2 tent boxes were soft but dryed hard.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby spacetime » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:14 pm

Quick follow-up that we used Pledge on many surfaces in and on the car and it worked really well.

Pledge all the things.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby aaronrodg » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:58 pm

I run a junior program and have a few donated coats that I need to clean.
they are the heavier international coats and a few leather jackets some of them are celebrity style leather jackets like captain America and spiderman.
they are in pretty good shape other than they have a moldy smell to them.
any ideas on cleaning them???
dry clean or not? Waiting for some good tips.
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Re: Cleaning Tips?

Postby Ratty » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:02 am

If it requires 'special' treatment I wash it in woolite and cold water. For mildew try adding some vinegar or lemon. (Or look it up on the internet). Hang to dry. You wouldn't want to pay the price they ask for leather cleaning.
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