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Turkle
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:24 am    Post subject: Best microfiber rags for cleaning? Reply with quote

Hi everyone. I bought some cheap microfiber rags to clean my horn and they are made of some awful material that I think might mar the finish. Right in the trash they go.

What microfiber - or other cheap rags - are you using to clean your horns? Amazon links appreciated...

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scratches usually come from the dirt in the cloths, not the cloths themselves. Wash when you get them and frequently as you use them.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Herman rev2 wrote:
Scratches usually come from the dirt in the cloths, not the cloths themselves. Wash when you get them and frequently as you use them.


The other thing is that these pilled up really easily and I didn't want lint in my valves.

I think maybe microfiber isn't the best idea and I'd be better off with just cotton shop towels. They're cheap enough, I suppose I'll just order some and see what happens...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This and a small square from an old cotton t-shirt

https://www.ultrapureoils.com/product-page/ultra-pure-extra-large-microfiber-polishing-cloth-grey
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 2 types. The last batch I purchased are these suede microfiber cloths. They're working out great for general cleaning tasks on my horns. They're fairly large, at 40x40 cm (16x16 inches).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FG397U/

I also use these smaller microfiber cloths to swab out my valve casings and for other cleaning tasks in tight areas.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050R68LS

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had good luck with these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C924HA6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The best one I ever had was a really big one that I got from a glasses shop in Japan, but it disappeared somehow, much to my chagrin.

They can be washed and reused.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cgaiii wrote:
I have had good luck with these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C924HA6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The best one I ever had was a really big one that I got from a glasses shop in Japan, but it disappeared somehow, much to my chagrin.

They can be washed and reused.

I guess all things are relative but, I don’t consider a 8” x 8” square cloth to be “extra large” as the linked ad states. That is about the size of most of the micro fiber cloths I have.

The last micro fiber cloths I purchased were from Costco.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions, everyone. I think I like the Ultra-Pure one because it's huge. Appreciate it!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LittleRusty wrote:

I guess all things are relative but, I don’t consider a 8” x 8” square cloth to be “extra large” as the linked ad states. That is about the size of most of the micro fiber cloths I have.
The last micro fiber cloths I purchased were from Costco.


Agreed. These were a little small, but still useful. I see there are some 15" ones out there, and they might be better.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turkle wrote:
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions, everyone. I think I like the Ultra-Pure one because it's huge. Appreciate it!

Costco microfiber cloths are the same size, I just measured mine, and only cost 60 cents each.

You do need to buy 30 at a time, but there are many uses for microfiber cloths.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A word of warning about microfibers: I learned from my optometrist that they can and will become abrasive if you launder them. Has something to do with picking up lint in the dryer. As inexpensive as they are, I think use carefully and discard when dirty is the approach.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want the absolute finest, most luxurious in microfiber rags, I recommend making them from this:

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/anne-de-solene-divine-king-coverlet-and-matching-items-prod215760014?childItemId=NMHBM95_&focusProductId=prod214490405

You won't be disappointed, and your horn will thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old linen tea towel works good for me.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

starkadder wrote:
If you want the absolute finest, most luxurious in microfiber rags, I recommend making them from this:

https://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/anne-de-solene-divine-king-coverlet-and-matching-items-prod215760014?childItemId=NMHBM95_&focusProductId=prod214490405

You won't be disappointed, and your horn will thank you.

What a great idea! For only $525 one can make approximately 34 cleaning cloths.

Although the coverlet at the link doesn’t appear to be micro fiber.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Yamaha rag is amazing .... the green ones
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cloth baby diapers....they work great

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went with Costco. They're practically giving them away over there.

Anyway, I now have a lifetime supply of microfiber rags if anyone needs one...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oljackboy wrote:
A word of warning about microfibers: I learned from my optometrist that they can and will become abrasive if you launder them. Has something to do with picking up lint in the dryer. As inexpensive as they are, I think use carefully and discard when dirty is the approach.


Or just hand wash them under the faucet in the kitchen sink.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill_Bumps wrote:
oljackboy wrote:
A word of warning about microfibers: I learned from my optometrist that they can and will become abrasive if you launder them. Has something to do with picking up lint in the dryer. As inexpensive as they are, I think use carefully and discard when dirty is the approach.


Or just hand wash them under the faucet in the kitchen sink.

Or hang dry them.
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