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Topic: Cleaning close up pads...
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Feb 16, 2003 07:28AM)
What do you guys do to keep your close up pads clean? Mine always looks like heck!
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Feb 16, 2003 10:33PM)
Shake, brush, clean with mild soap and water (if it is of the synthetic variety)...Don't use it as a place mat!

Message: Posted by: Mya Angel (May 27, 2003 04:57PM)
Or let your wife use it as a mouse pad.

Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (May 30, 2003 10:57AM)
The thing I started doing that makes the biggest difference for me is covering my close-up pad when not in use. This keeps dust off the pad. Yes I know you can clean the dust off with a roll of tape but if you keep the dust off it to start with you don't have to clean it.

Besides dust, when needed I take my pad and wash it with soap and water to get out any other mess that might get on the pad (spilled soda).
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Jun 3, 2003 02:29PM)
I find a Billiard table brush works great.
I only use soap and water if it is absolutely necessary.
Message: Posted by: Monte (Aug 4, 2003 07:44PM)
Laundry spray works like a gem. It removes all those dirt marks left by the kids that stomp all over it. :coolspot:
Message: Posted by: Donny Orbit (Aug 9, 2003 05:40AM)
If mine is clean but has a lot of fuzz on it, I found duck tape works really well to get the fuzz off.

Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Aug 9, 2003 06:37AM)
I use a [i]Pet Roller[/i], the kind designed to remove hair from your clothes, works like a charm. I keep one in my close-up case at all times. Also comes in handy when wifes use your mat for a mousepad. I won't name any names, but... :genielamp:
Message: Posted by: GaryW (Aug 15, 2003 09:33PM)
I made my own close up pad/table and found the best way to keep it clean it the lint roller that Steve mentioned or a "lint shaver" if it starts to look shaggy. The surface of mine is a simple black velvet.
Message: Posted by: magicandmore (Sep 2, 2003 10:09AM)
I agree with Steve. A lint roller is the way to go. 3M manufactures them; and they can be found at almost any big box housewares store like Linens N' Things; and quite a few supermarkets.

And the best part is, they only cost $4-5 a new pad would run you $10-15.
Message: Posted by: magicmonkeyphoto (May 28, 2004 08:11PM)
Another bar magician suggested to me to by a spray can of "Scotchguard" as soon as you get your pad. I think you can get that stuff at Target or any place like that. You spray it on, and then it becomes much easier to clean later on. Also, I keep my pad secured inside the lid of my close up case, and laid flat. That way no dust gets on it.

Message: Posted by: paulajayne (Jun 2, 2004 10:48AM)
Hi, I use mouse mats. They are cheap and easy to get hold of. If it gets dirty then throw it away.

Presentation is everything - we don't do magic with dirty hands so why with a dirty pad.

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jun 2, 2004 11:22PM)
I remember seeing a brilliant magician build his "for magician's only" act around a very subtle obsessive-compulsive picking of lint from his pad. It took awhile for the joke to set in, and it was hilarious!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 27, 2005 02:16PM)
That wasn't Billy McComb actively wool gathering?

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: zur (Feb 5, 2005 01:47AM)
Need those lint rollers you can get everywhere.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 26, 2005 05:17PM)
For spots and stains use foam auto uphostery cleaner. Many close up pads are only auto headliner anyway!

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Feb 27, 2005 10:44PM)
Get Trevor Duffy's close up pads and you just throw them in the wash! The easiest to clean, by far!
Message: Posted by: Magicusa (Mar 13, 2005 06:46PM)
I use a Pet Roller too.
Message: Posted by: Rik Taylor (Mar 13, 2005 09:44PM)
As stated earlier, Trevor Duffy's close up pads are WASH and WORK. And come out very nicely.
Message: Posted by: PyroJeffNic (Mar 14, 2005 12:01AM)
I have used many items
Pet Brushes work well... and Soap faded my close-up pad but I would by far recomend going to the dollar store and picking up a lint brush for a dollar. Cheap AND effective
Message: Posted by: Mercury52 (Mar 14, 2005 09:44AM)
Not a washing question, but anyone dealt with creases? I have a pad that was folded in half in a close up case for a bit, and so now has a little bit of wrinkled-ness along it's middle. I folded it in half the other way, and then rolled it up, which helps some, but it's still not like it used to be. I'm hesitant to iron it. Sadly, I don't remember which brand it is. Is this pad a lost cause? Thanks.

Message: Posted by: dearwiseone (Mar 14, 2005 12:28PM)
I got another Trevor Duffy pad in the mail a few weeks ago, it had been folded for a few days in the mail, so it had a crease. It took about a week for the crease to dissapear, but it's finally gone. There was a warning sticker on the mat that said not to leave it folded overnight, maybe that's why! If your mat is washable, you might try that. Or, it might just need a few days to open up. Otherwise, if it's been folded in the case for several weeks, months, years, etc., you might be in trouble!
good luck!
Message: Posted by: pattrick (Mar 14, 2005 07:30PM)
To clean many close up pads you can use regular dish soap. First get area damp and then use a little soap (dawn works great) and water on a cloth, lightly rub area and then rub again with plain water to get the soap out. Dry with towel and let air dry. You can also aue rubbing alcohol on certain materials. This is how we clean our mats at PMS Pattricks Magical Services, manufacturer of some good stuff.Pattrick Przysiecki

Close up mats should NEVER be creased or folded. There are many layers in a pad rubber, fabric, cushion or padding and glue,(yes glue counts as a layer). When you fold it that creases all that stuff together and wrecks it. The best way to carry your pad other than flat is to roll it fabric side out. This will stretch the material rather than crunch it. Pattrick Przysiecki