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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2004, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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I just thought I would ask a simple question, anyone else use those silly red "shop towels" you can buy for relatively cheap? I decided I hate them. They are almost take as much time to clean up after them than they do for cleaning up whatever. Never try and polish something or clean something up with them. They seem to disintegrate and leave a nasty trail of little red clothe everywhere... Also don't wash them with any clothes or anything, they bleed like no other... On that same note, be wary of letting them sit in soapy water(as in to clean inside of car) because they will then dye the water red and get that all over whatever you are trying to clean... And please, don't leave them sitting in acetone or alcohol(the rubbing kind) because that just makes it worse... Anyways I am done, just thought I would share my info about these wonderfully cheap things... Any reccomendations as to a kind to use? I am thinking when I run out of these I will switch to the non-dyed ones see if they are any better....

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Im pretty sure it says on the package they come in, not to wash in a regular washer or with clothes or anything. And I have heard not to even wash them alone in your washer. I usually aquire them, and when done just throw them away. I go to the buyers clubs and buy the huge 400 count {not really 400} of paper towels and just throw them away.

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If you find non-dyed ones let me know. I use the red ones all the time to wax the car, and wipe off grease and such. I just don't use them with any kind of solvents. As for washing them you are right! I did a load once, got all kind of pink things! The answer? they are so cheap I don't wash them, just get rid of them and buy new ones. Or just wash them by themselves. I also use a lot of those heavy duty blue paper towels. I just "borrow" them from dad shop.


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I use similar ones all the time for the dirty work.. (sopping up oil, grease, wiping down parts), crap like that. They're orange, and they're industrial grade. My old man has tons of them from the machine shop he used to work at, and now he just takes them to the shop where he works now to have them washed.

I think I know which ones you're talking about though.. and yeah, they suck.

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Sams club has undyed ones. I try and recyle them as much as possible. My own little attribute to a better world. The ones that get greasy and such I just simply throw away or burn, but it is the ones that you use to clean stuff. I stripped the side molding from my car and tried to use them to clean off the goof off and they ended up leaving small strands of red cloth all over the side of my car. Now nothin a hose can't wash off but still annoying. The first time I used them I was detailing the inside of my bronco(prior to the remodelling) and my system. Well I can't tell you how pissed one person can get from detailing a chrome/gold amp and leaving little red strings all over the place.... Have to come back with air compressor and clean it off again, and end up re polishing it all over again... Bahhh. Anyways, I saw the heavy duty blue paper towels, but I want to try and get something that i at least have the chance to reuse...

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You'd be surprised how "heavy duty" those blue paper towels are! Give em a shot. You can't wash them obviously, but they get a lot done before you throw them away. I've never thrown one away cause it was torn, just dirty.


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