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Washing your shop rags. by DIY_Stu
Started on: 05-23-2010 01:32 PM
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Report this Post05-23-2010 01:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DIY_StuClick Here to visit DIY_Stu's HomePageSend a Private Message to DIY_StuDirect Link to This Post
If you wash your White shop towels with your red shop rags you get a lot of Pink rags. Hope no one thinks less of me.
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Report this Post05-23-2010 01:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jscott1Send a Private Message to jscott1Direct Link to This Post
You wash your shop rags?

I use mine like kleenex...when they get dirty I toss them in the trash.

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Report this Post05-23-2010 01:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DIY_StuClick Here to visit DIY_Stu's HomePageSend a Private Message to DIY_StuDirect Link to This Post
Take today's price of them, given it's only a couple of bucks, but add it up all year and it'll add up to a lot.

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Report this Post05-23-2010 01:55 PM Click Here to See the Profile for katatakSend a Private Message to katatakDirect Link to This Post
Stu - real men wear Pink.....roflmao!

My wife works at a surgical center and they use these surgery "kits" they have these realy nice blue surgical towels - about the size of a hand towel. Anyway, they never use all of them and thier procedures say they can not be used once opened (for surgery). She brings them home by the arm loads. We do wash some of them if they are not full of grease and oil but most just get tossed.
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Report this Post05-23-2010 01:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for FrizlefrakClick Here to Email FrizlefrakSend a Private Message to FrizlefrakDirect Link to This Post
I toss 'em. If Ms Friz caught me putting them in the washer.....
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Report this Post05-23-2010 02:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jokerb90Send a Private Message to jokerb90Direct Link to This Post
mine come from the thrift store....

every wen. they have a fill a bag sale for a buck. I pick all the t shirts with no buttons / prints and leave a dollar less "rich", and then they get kleenex used
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Report this Post05-23-2010 02:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis LaGruaClick Here to Email Dennis LaGruaSend a Private Message to Dennis LaGruaDirect Link to This Post
I use the disposable thick blue "shop" towels as shop rags. The pink rags are used primarliy for washing and waxing so those go in the washing machine and I use use them again. I agree that those red shop rags are crap though as the red dye comes out. They must be washed separately and after that they seem to hold thier remaining pink color. I also agree that used T shirts make excellent shop rags.

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Report this Post05-23-2010 02:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for shank0668Send a Private Message to shank0668Direct Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

I use the disposable thick blue "shop" towels as shop rags. The pink rags are used primarliy for washing and waxing so those go in the washing machine and I use use them again. I agree that those red shop rags are crap though as the red dye comes out. They must be washed separately and after that they seem to hold thier remaining pink color. I also agree that used T shirts make excellent shop rags.



I suppose these are them. They are great.
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Report this Post05-23-2010 02:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DIY_StuClick Here to visit DIY_Stu's HomePageSend a Private Message to DIY_StuDirect Link to This Post
Used Tshirts are good. The Box-O-Rags for painters is nothing more than recycled T-shirts cut randomly. Those usually get tossed. But I still like to wash and reuse. Around here you can goto the Laundromat. They have "oilfield" washers. These washers are used for the nastiest of nasty. Dump in some super clean during the wash cycle and they clean right up. The oilfield label on the washer keeps mrs priss from sticking her whites in there.
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Report this Post05-23-2010 09:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for CajunClick Here to Email CajunSend a Private Message to CajunDirect Link to This Post
I wash mine. Only because I go through so many on any given day when working in my shop. I have a large trash can where I collect the dirty shop rags. Then about every two weeks or so I soak them in degreaser, then soak in cloax, then into the washer. Oh, with fabric softner.

When finished, just like new................ well almost!

Oh, I too get pink rags now and then.
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Report this Post05-23-2010 09:44 PM Click Here to See the Profile for AutoMarkClick Here to Email AutoMarkSend a Private Message to AutoMarkDirect Link to This Post
Pink??? That just an excuse Stu... I now see why you asked bout Revin.... hahahahahahahahaha
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Report this Post05-23-2010 11:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for fierohohoClick Here to Email fierohohoSend a Private Message to fierohohoDirect Link to This Post
When I do wash them I take them to a laundromat.
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Report this Post05-24-2010 02:11 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ALJRClick Here to Email ALJRSend a Private Message to ALJRDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by fierohoho:

When I do wash them I take them to a laundromat.


That is so not nice! So the next poor person to use that washer gets your crud on there cloths?

I hope your joking!
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Just be careful with how you store them after washing. Machine washing will generally NOT remove all of the oil from a rag, and if they are packed tightly together in storage you run the risk of fire even with "clean" rags.

This concludes your safety briefing for today. Carry on.

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Report this Post05-24-2010 06:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Lambo nutSend a Private Message to Lambo nutDirect Link to This Post
I use a local uniform company, that deals with shop towels and floor mats etc. I got the first 50 for $10.00 then it is only 5 bucks each time to exchange for 50 cleans ones.

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Report this Post05-24-2010 07:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for DIY_StuClick Here to visit DIY_Stu's HomePageSend a Private Message to DIY_StuDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Lambo nut:

I use a local uniform company, that deals with shop towels and floor mats etc. I got the first 50 for $10.00 then it is only 5 bucks each time to exchange for 50 cleans ones.

Kevin


Hey that's not a bad idea. But then I guess I have to keep track of them too huh.
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Report this Post05-25-2010 09:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Lambo nutSend a Private Message to Lambo nutDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by DIY_Stu:


Hey that's not a bad idea. But then I guess I have to keep track of them too huh.


Those things do seem to wonder around on their own don't they.
I always lose track of those suckers. I know I just had one in my hand, now where did I put it? (After looking for five minutes and grabbing another) oh there it is, in my back pocket...great, now I have two to keep track of!

I bought one of those small cheap metal trash cans at Wally World that has the lever you step on in the front that opens the lid. Holds a liitle more then 50 dirty rags, and keeps them in their place, and covered too.

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Report this Post05-25-2010 10:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonDirect Link to This Post
I normally just use regualar bounty paper towels in my shop. The rags I do have are for like polishing, or rubbing and I take them to the laundrimat.

Being a body shop, using the reg paper towells makes sure nothing gets on stuff Im going to paint. Even soap residue can screw up a paint job, and any kind of oil or polish on a cleaned rag with also screw it up. Paper towels are perfect.....used them for 25 years here. I just buy like the big 12 pack rolls for $10

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Report this Post05-25-2010 12:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for josef644Click Here to Email josef644Send a Private Message to josef644Direct Link to This Post
I live right here on Lake Livingston, Texas . Almot every week end I find towels on the road way that have blown out of the Houston folks boats headed back home. I often stop and pick these up. I give them a wash and dry. After drying I cut them up for shop rags. I get about 6-8 from a bath size towel. Free except for the wash and dry. I have found several beach towels that were like new, and those were kept.
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Report this Post05-25-2010 12:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PyrthianClick Here to Email PyrthianSend a Private Message to PyrthianDirect Link to This Post
I used to wash mine too - and - yes - makes a basket of pink rags.....

I now use mostly paper towels.
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