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Can I wash a flannel polishing cloth for shoes?

SuitMyself

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Can they be washed in the washing machine after they're all covered in polish and dirt and grime or would it be better to buy a new one rather than reusing a washed one?

Thanks.
 

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If its real polish then I would have thought washing wouldn't do anything. Polish is waterproof and I don't know how good detergents are at breaking it down' it might be like putting candles in your washing-machine.
 

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Originally Posted by Blackhood

If its real polish then I would have thought washing wouldn't do anything. Polish is waterproof and I don't know how good detergents are at breaking it down' it might be like putting candles in your washing-machine.



Thanks! I never thought of that!
 

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Originally Posted by SuitMyself
Thanks! I never thought of that!


Actually, how you used it? to apply polish or to polish?
Anyway, I wash my polish cloth, and they are fine, and getting better after wash. However, I wash it by hand with HOT water and soap.
 

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Of course you can wash it.

But.......do not wash it together with your best shirts. Use a separate machine load (with other cleaning rags).

The more you wash it, the softer it becomes and the better for the task in hand.
 

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Originally Posted by Fishball

Actually, how you used it? to apply polish or to polish?


To apply polish and to polish.



Originally Posted by Fishball

Anyway, I wash my polish cloth, and they are fine, and getting better after wash. However, I wash it by hand with HOT water and soap.


Thanks!
 

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Why not go to a thrift store and buy some old flannel shirts to use as polishing rags?
 

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Originally Posted by Fishball
...I wash it by hand with HOT water and soap.

+1

They don't go near my washing machine... I put them in a bucket w/ some very hot water and soap. Let them soak for a little while (15min or longer), then give them a quick washing, a rinse, and hang to dry.
 

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I've never bothered washing a cloth (just ditched them once they was really beyond and got a new one; "yellow dusters" are dead cheap and work fine), but I guess there's no reason not to. I wouldn't stick them in a washing machine though because if anything stays stuck in the drum, it might affect the next load.
 

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Originally Posted by SuitMyself
Can they be washed in the washing machine after they're all covered in polish and dirt and grime or would it be better to buy a new one rather than reusing a washed one?

Thanks.


Eduard Meier recommends to wash them and as fishball said, they're getting better...

you don't need to wash them very often, btw
 

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