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Old 01-23-2012   #1
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Lightbulb Cleaning cork handles

For a gentle cleaning method that works well try moistened baby wipes. The cleaning formula they contain is designed to cut through all the nasty stuff that stains your cork handles (not to mention Baby's bottom). And anything gentle enough for a baby's butt won't damage your cork!
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Hmm...I'll have to give it a try.
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I'm not a fan of cleaning cork handles- I like the "character" of looking well-used ( sort of like ME!). But admittedly, insect repelant, oil, fish slime, scales, sun tan lotion, etc can build up and it's time for a cleaning!

I've always used Formula 409- spray it on, let it sit, rub it around with your fingers and rinse! Amazing. RESIST the urge to scrub with anything or to use abrasives!! Once you break the "finish" on the cork, it becomes a mess!

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Joe - to restore the "finish" on cork grips after cleaning, I use U-40 Cork Seal.

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Plain ol' toothpaste works quite well also. And you can get it as "clean" as you wish if you don't want to take off all the patina.
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I just read that the Mr. Clean white scrub pads work pretty good...Just use a little warm water with the pad, they let it air dry. Supposedly they will look next to new. I got this info from the "fishermen" magazine, it serves NY and Long Island

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Grandma always said there's more than one way to clean a cork!
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I use denatured alchol for cleaning the cork. I have also sealed some so they no longer get dirty.

On my catfish rods and muskie rods that I use with baitcasters, I put the X wrap on the cork so it gives extra grip and it never has that dirty look. Works good on the cat rods as they always seem to be very dirty.
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