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Old 07-16-2006, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to clean California Duster

I read a bit ago about people throwing out their California Duster's when they get too dirty. I simply put mine in a sink of soapy water, washed and rinsed real good, and it's good as new. I did the same thing for my microfiber mitt and sponge. Washing got everything off except maybe the tar.
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I read a bit ago about people throwing out their California Duster's when they get too dirty. I simply put mine in a sink of soapy water, washed and rinsed real good, and it's good as new. I did the same thing for my microfiber mitt and sponge. Washing got everything off except maybe the tar.

What kind of soap did you use? My duster is getting pretty dirty.

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Old 07-16-2006, 07:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used the soap from the kitchen sink, I think it was Dawn. Make sure to rinse really well, as Dawn soap will remove wax from your car. You might try your car wash soap first, but it might not be as strong.

When washing the bright green microfiber mitt, some small areas turned a little yellowish. I don't know if it was already there and I didn't notice it or if the soap started leaching some of the color. Either way, I don't care about the color, as long as it doesn't keep leaching when I wash my car
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I used the soap from the kitchen sink, I think it was Dawn. Make sure to rinse really well, as Dawn soap will remove wax from your car. You might try your car wash soap first, but it might not be as strong.

When washing the bright green microfiber mitt, some small areas turned a little yellowish. I don't know if it was already there and I didn't notice it or if the soap started leaching some of the color. Either way, I don't care about the color, as long as it doesn't keep leaching when I wash my car
Ok, thanks. My duster still works well but is getting pretty nasty looking I only use Dawn when stripping the car, so I will use my regular car wash and try it out.
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Ok, thanks. My duster still works well but is getting pretty nasty looking I only use Dawn when stripping the car, so I will use my regular car wash and try it out.
Not sure but I don't think you are suppose to was them.
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Not sure but I don't think you are suppose to was them.

I suppose it might destroy some of the "wax" or whatever they put on them to remove dust?
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I suppose it might destroy some of the "wax" or whatever they put on them to remove dust?
Yes, thats what I was told. You just keep using it even though it looks dirty.I've had mine for our Monte Carlo for years.
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Yes, thats what I was told. You just keep using it even though it looks dirty.I've had mine for our Monte Carlo for years.
I believe they claim that if you place it in newspaper, then it will keep it "fresh" ... and they say that it works better the dirtier it gets. I am sure that there is a point of it being too dirty. If it lasted forever, then they would go bankrupt.
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I believe they claim that if you place it in newspaper, then it will keep it "fresh" ... and they say that it works better the dirtier it gets. I am sure that there is a point of it being too dirty. If it lasted forever, then they would go bankrupt.
I have had mine for 4 years- hang it on garage wall- but I will try the newspaper thing to see how it does. It is great cleaning my "Sol" as in black Sol (ara); hopefully will do the same when I get my other Sol
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I have had mine for 4 years- hang it on garage wall- but I will try the newspaper thing to see how it does. It is great cleaning my "Sol" as in black Sol (ara); hopefully will do the same when I get my other Sol
Had mine for longer than I can remember and is still working great. I mainly use it to touch up the Burb and ES 330 when they are dusty from pollen (which is often in AL/GA).
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I believe they claim that if you place it in newspaper, then it will keep it "fresh" ... and they say that it works better the dirtier it gets. I am sure that there is a point of it being too dirty. If it lasted forever, then they would go bankrupt.
I'm going to try the newspaper thing also. I never heard of that, I just keep mine in the case. They are a must with a dark color car. We had our for around 5 years and use it on our Monte Carlo all the time.

I'll get a new one for my GXP when it ever get built.
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Old 07-17-2006, 12:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I currently have the mini duster. I'll buy another new one, then dust each half of the car and see the difference.
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Q. How do I clean my Duster?
Because of a special permanently baked in paraffin treatment, The Original California Dusters are made to provide years of effective service without the need for cleaning. Simply shake them out before and after each use. The "dirtier" they get the better they work.

A. If you find it necessary to clean your Duster because it is too dirty or if the Duster stops lifting dust, it can be washed. You may hand wash your Duster in cold water with a mild detergent such as Woolite, then air dry. Do not use hot water to wash or hot air to dry, as heat or harsh detergent may remove the special paraffin treatment.
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Old 07-17-2006, 01:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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ooops! Guess the warm water might have ruined it. I try it and see what happens.
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