Originally Posted by O.C.Detailing
I think you misread me there Mike. You wrapping it in the towel first, then using a wringing action probably limits how much you can stretch the foam of the pad.
What I mean is getting the pad, clean with water and whatever your cleaner of choice is and then just wringing the CRAP out of the pad to dry it out.
Yeah I mis-read you, sorry about that, doesn't happen often.
I've wrung pads out without the towel and you're right, it's going to twist the pad a lot more... I've done that though and then used the pad...
The way I clean pads is with a pad washer using a rotary buffer and then air dry them. It's the fastest way I can do it that's also efficient. Some pads are machine washable like Meguiar's recommends you can throw their 7" Softbuff Pads into both a washing machine and a dryer and it does work pretty well if you don't wash too many pads at one time and if you don't mix pads with wax, (water insoluble), with pads you use compounds and polishes, (water soluble).
There is no "perfect" way to clean pads. The most you can do is the most you can do...
Before the Grit Guard Pad Washer was introduced I just cleaned dry foam pads on the rotary using a nylon brush which means only the surface was cleaned of any residue, whatever dried inside the pad will still be there.
This article was primarily mean to help people that wash pads by hands and want a simple way anyone can do to get most of the water out of the pad and then let it air dry.
If you like, after washing a pad and rinsing it clean, you could just place it upside down on some kind of rack out of the way of air-borne dirt and dust and let it completely air dry and never squeeze it at all. Are you an entrepreneur?
Maybe this is a chance for come creative person to build the first "Pad Dryer". Kind of like a "Food Dryer or Dehydrator". A cabinet with racks and a fan and ta-da you have a "Pad Dryer".
Make it so you can assemble it from flat pieces that will pile into a box so it's small, light, easy and inexpensive to ship and then send me 10% of the profits.