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    How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    I know there's products specifically made for cleaning foam pads but at the moment, I'd rather not spend any more money. Are there any everyday products that can be used to clean these pads? I do have simple green and an air compressor but I'm not entirely sure if those are good enough and what the correct process to clean the pads with them are. If anyone could please help, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    You can soak them in a bucket with diluted all purpose cleaner (dilute per manufacturer recommendations for general cleaning), after they have soaked for a while and the product has had a chance to be softened/broken down a bit, hold the pad in your hands and massage the pads with your thumbs to work the product out of the pad, then run the pad under clean warm water and continue to massage the product out of the pad, ring it out and let air dry... repeat for all pads.

    It can be a little tedious if the pads are really dirty, so take your time and get them clean.

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    So would simple green suffice?

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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    People will probably cringe at me but I just throw the pads in the washer and dryer.

    No issues at the moment.
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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    It is an all purpose cleaner, is it not?

    I have never used the stuff.

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    Before I decided to buy my pad cleaner and conditioner I just soaked with dial dish wash soap. I know that it is looked down upon to use that but when your budget is tight I felt that this was adequate enough for my previous throw away pads. Honestly I would recommend that you just drop the what 9 bucks for a 16 oz thing of foam pad cleaner and conditioner and to help out even more go to your local autozone and by a set of their detailing brushes. Use the nylon brush to help scrub out the product from the pad.

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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

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    So would simple green suffice?
    Be careful with Simple Green, it has 2-butoxyethanol which when absorbed through the skin can cause mutations to red blood cells. Jury is still out on whether this stuff is truly "non-toxic" as the manufacturer claims but there are definitely better choices on the market.
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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    A rep at lake country told me dawn soap.

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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    I use a pad cleaner now. Before I would wash with all purpose cleaner in hot water and would constantly rinse them out and store with Velcro side up on a ventilated shelf

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    Re: How can I clean my lake country foam pads?

    I also use a pad cleaner but before that I used dish soap. It wasn't worth it. The thing with dish soap is you have to rinse very well. You don't want dish soap in your pads when you go to use them again so keep squeezing them throroughly to wring them out each time you add water. Make certain it runs clear until you don't see any bubbles then rinse them some more. I only used dish soap on the waxing pads because it's the hardest to remove. Imagine using the pad again with some expensive LSP and residual soap in the pad breaking down your LSP..... I don't think it's worth it.

    The polish comes out of pads much easier. I would highly recommend you use car wash soap instead of dish soap period if you don't use pad cleaner. When you lay them out to dry put the velcro side up. Use the least aggressive method to clean your pads. A mild Ph neutral soap that's mixed in a bucket is preferrable to soap shot right on the pad itself. Car soap is better but I have to say that dish soap costs money, car wash soap costs money, so you may as well spend some on pad cleaner because a tub of it lasts a looooooong time. I'm pretty frugal when it comes to purchasing, and I haven't done the numbers on how much each costs, but it can't be worth the chance of leaving dish soap in the pad and having it affect your last applied product and then putting in the labor and double the product in a few weeks instead of it lasting 6 months because of that soap. I'd rather use something mild that leaves a little polish or wax in the pad than use something harsh and not get it all rinsed out.

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