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    How to wash wax applicator pads and polishing cloths?

    Maybe a dumb question, but one I have not found an answer to.

    What is the best way to wash polish and wax applicators after there use?

    What is the best way to clean Microfiber towels after use?

    I use both hand applicators and machine applicators and would to clean them after each use.

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    Re: Mr. Boogie

    My recommendation would be to wash the applicators in the washing machine with hot water, your favorite detergent and I even add some oxyclean, do not use fabric softener, and on the rinse cycle, I add a cup or two of white vinegar. You can use this same method with your microfiber towels, but wash them separately. You don't want to wash the mf towels with normal towels due to linting.

    Use a dryer for the towels and I would air dry the applicators

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    Re: Mr. Boogie

    First off, Welcome to MOL!!! As for hand applicators, machine wash is fine. Just make sure your soap doesn't have softeners in it. As for machine application pads, depending on manufacterers recomendations, you usually have to hand wash. (except for Meguiars new machine pads, I think soft buff 2.0)

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    Re: Mr. Boogie

    Welcome to Meguiar's Online!

    There's actually a bunch of threads on this topic and maybe one or two in our Hot Topics forum group, hang on and let me take a look.

    But it's definitely been discussed at length....


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    Re: Mr. Boogie

    Here you go... from our Hot Topics forum.

    Washing Microfiber Polishing Cloths - Laundry


    The thread is 5 pages long so chances are good everything you ever wanted to know about washing cloths and applicator pads is addressed in this thread.


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    Re: How to wash wax applicator pads and polishing cloths?

    I made a thread just like this not too long ago where people recommended Dawn Power Dissolver/hand wash first and then throwing them into the machine wash. Worked for me.

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    Re: How to wash wax applicator pads and polishing cloths?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Boogie View Post
    I use both hand applicators and machine applicators and would to clean them after each use.
    Meguiar's recently introduced a new series of machine foam pads that can be washed in a normal washing machine, click on the pictures for more information,

    Washable 7" Soft Buff 2.0 Foam Pads




    As for our other foam pads Meguiar's doesn't recommend washing them but here's two threads on the topic of how to clean foam buffing pads. Both of these threads can be found in our How To Articles forum.

    How to clean Meguiar's foam buffing pads
    Cleaning Your Pad On The Fly

    Here's Cisco from one of our recent Saturday Detailing Classes learning how to clean a pad on the fly


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    Re: How to wash wax applicator pads and polishing cloths?

    Lot's of great nuggets of information can be found in the below forums...

    Hot Topics
    How To Articles


    And here's a list of some of our most popular threads...

    List 'O Links 2.0


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    Re: How to wash wax applicator pads and polishing cloths?

    I always pre-rinse my pads on site so nothing dries in them. This can be done in old wash water. When I get home, I rinse them out with warm water. I then use APC at 10:1 on them. I let them sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse out and I use only the spin cycle in my washer to get the water out. I let them air dry to finish off.

    As for MF towels, keep them seperated. Glass towels don't go with interior dressing towels. The best detergent I've found for towels (and home) is Arm & Hammer's Concentrate. Inexpensive and cleans. I add 1/2 cup of non-dilute APC for a large wash.......less for smaller washes. I do this with warm water. I let them sit for about 10 minutes after they've washed for 5 minutes. I then let them finish. I dry on LOW heat........they may be damp when I get them out. That's ok with me. Dryer's high heat can kill a towel........I've learned the hard way.

    These methods may seem extensive but I'm still using towels that are 3 years old.
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    Re: How to wash wax applicator pads and polishing cloths?

    Oh yeah,
    The difference between using and not using APC in the wash is night and day.
    My drying towels came back to life acting like new. I guess the APC removes any waxes and dirt that are binding the fibers together.
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