Do’s and Dont’s of Pad Cleaning

What’s the best way to clean your pads to be sure they’ll provide the ultimate performance? Here are a few tips from the detailing experts at Lake Country Manufacturing:

Do’s and Don’t of Pad Cleaning

  • Don’t let compounds dry on the surface of the pad. 
  • Always dry pads completely before storing in a bin or bag.  If moisture remains in pad when stored, mold can form and deteriorate the pad.
  • Do not use heat to dry your pads.  Squeeze out the water or blot with a towel, and allow to air dry.  Heat can damage the pad surface or shrink the hook and loop backing.
  • Don’t be tempted to use a screwdriver or other hard objects to loosen build-up, even on wool pads.  Always use a proper pad spur when cleaning wool pads. Screwdrivers can cut or damage yarn in the pad, and contaminate the pad with any residue or material on the tool.
  • Don’t overuse polishing compounds or other chemicals on the pad.   Adding too much polish can clog the pad and impact performance. The additional weight of excess polish in the pad increases the risk of damaging or destroying the pad during use. 
  • Do protect yourself while cleaning pads – use eye protection and a respirator or dust mask when removing chemicals from pads.  

Want even more information about cleaning and maintaining pads?  Check out this earlier post and the Summer 2019 issue of Auto Detailing News, featuring an article by Lake Country Product Manager David Patterson.  You’ll find his article, The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Buffing Pads, on pages 29-30.



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