07-29-2004, 06:40 PM
So I did a full detail on the Wagon on Sunday. I tried out using MF towels for removing wax and for compound removal. Now my question is this: Is there a way to clean the MF towels that have wax and compound in them without getting my washing machine filthy? I'd like to reuse the towels (they're not cheap) but I was foolish enough to not seperate the ones used for wax and compounding, and when I was done the towels were dropped on the ground (ouch!)
So will I end up tossing these towels? What about future use?
07-29-2004, 07:14 PM
If they collected debris when you dropped them, soak them in a bucket of water for several hours. The fibers will soften and release the particles.
For washing, I use warm water and liquid Tide Free with the machine load size selector on Large. I rinse twice, and on the second rinse, I lower the water level to just cover the towels. I add a cup of vinegar to break up the wax and oils left in the towels. Dry on low and I am done.
BTW, I have a separate basket for my dirty MF. I don't want them hitting the ground or collecting fibers from other textiles.
07-29-2004, 08:47 PM
1. I collect dirty towels in a five gallon bucket. I hang wet ones on the edge so they dry and don't mildew
2. I wash them all together in a big batch. The thought of separating them because of cross contamination has crossed my mind but "screw it", life ain't perfect.
3. Set the washer to the high level to get lots of water. Set the pre-soak if you want, I don't. I use the "Ultra-clean" cycle with a second rinse. I set the other stuff for "Gentle wash", "Gentle rinse", warm or cold wash, cold rinse.
4. Use a powdered detergent. During 2003 Consumer Reports tested laundry detergents and powders consistently got clothes cleaner than liquids.
If it was a particularly bad-dirty load, wash them again for the hell of it.
5. No fabric softeners. They will give you streaks on windows, paints, etc.
6. Dry on low. No fabric "things" again do to streaking.
7. Fold and stack in a big cardboard box and take them out to the garage or wherever. I have a couple of stashes in the garage and house but all the dirty ones go into the five gallon bucket in the garage. Wal-Mart and other stores have cheap plastic drawers you can use to store them in to if cardboard doesn't float your boat.
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stop dropping them on the ground!!! MF towels are like velcro when it comes to dirt. They are good at grabbing sh!t, but they don't like to let it go! I used a brush to clean my leather seats, then did the final wipedown and conditioning with microfiber. After washing the towels, I found a few of my MF towels had some bristles stuck in them...they never rinsed off...they just got wound in the microfiber even tighter!
07-30-2004, 12:41 PM
Just tried this MF Restore Detergent and it seems to revitalize my MF towels.
I pre soak them for about 10 min. to soften the wax and I use woolite only. I've had these towels for about 38 months now and wash them about once a month. I use 3-4 towels at every polish and I polish at least 3 times a month and don't ask me (why)!!! Well OK, I love my "TT"and just can't keep my hands off it.
08-01-2004, 05:49 PM
but if I do use powdered, I'll put the powder in w/ water and let it mix around before I throw any towels in.
08-06-2004, 09:18 AM