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Old 10-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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How to clean shop towels?

I have switched over to red shop towels Vs. the disposable blue paper towels. I am trying to find the best way to clean them... have any tips?? I dont want to put the towels in my new washer machine... in my old washer I had to wash them 2-3+ times before they got clean again. Any good way to "pre" clean them (fill up the 5 gallon bucket, put them in and out a bunch of simple green in?)

And I am guessing the laundry mat would be the best place to wash them... and good detergent that works best this this kind of stuff?

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Old 10-28-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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Yeah, I would do the laundry mat thing, use a commercial washing machine. Borax works well in addition to regular detergent. For heavy oiled stuff I would spray it with a degreaser first, I find Motorcraft Multi-purpose cleaner to be the best, I'll sometimes add it to my laundry when I get my good clothes oil spotted, seems to work well and doesn't fade or discolor anything I've washed so far
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Haven't tried it but sounds like it'd work, gasoline. Let them soak, wring them out then go to the laundromat and wash them.
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Do not use gasoline! Besides the obvious fire danger, how do you plan on disposing of the dirty gasoline? I'd go with simple green pretreatment and the right amount of soap. If there is absolutley no suds, you might want to add a little more soap. If you have enough soap to dissolve the oil and grease, it should all go down the drain and not hurt your washer. And yes, I have a problem with the "I don't want to F up my washer so I'll go F up a laundomat washer that belongs to somebody who's trying to make a living." I'll only use the laundromat (commercial size machines) for bed comforters that are too big to fit in my washer/dryer.
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Red rags are disposable. I use them till they can't be used any more. then throw them away and get more. A new rag is always better then a used rag. My work used to have a machine just for washing rags, but the bosses decided soap and water plus time cost more then a new case of rags.
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