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#11218432 - 11/11/15 10:51 AM Cleaning and treating cork handles
bayesj Offline
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Registered: 03/18/13
Posts: 64
Loc: Hurst
I read a post several months ago about cleaning cork handles with Mr. Clean pads and that worked well. I don't remember what was recommended to treat the cork once it is clean. Any ideas? Thank you in advance, Joel

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#11218438 - 11/11/15 10:54 AM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell Offline
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Registered: 10/10/06
Posts: 4258
Loc: Sulphur Springs TX
I use bleach and it looks new after that. Just pour it on and wash it off with water. Has no effect on the cork other than makes it very clean and new looking. You can also put it on a white rag and rub it on the cork also.


Edited by Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell (11/11/15 11:18 AM)

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#11218493 - 11/11/15 11:11 AM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
slim 285 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/05
Posts: 5349
Loc: Squeezepenny
I have used dawn dish washing soap and also comet. Put some soap on a rag go to washing . Never have treated any cork handles.

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#11218573 - 11/11/15 11:38 AM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
reeltexan Offline
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Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2359
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS

I spray mine with "Tuff Stuff" which is a carpet and upholstery cleaner I also use in the truck.

Foams up, wipes off. Looks like new.
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#11218694 - 11/11/15 12:14 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 7867
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
I believe some people seal their cork handle rods with some type of spray on waterproof sealant. But im not sure, I have never bothered to clean mine

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#11218722 - 11/11/15 12:27 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
Slide_R Offline
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Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 5271
Loc: Richardson
I usually use Simple Green and a Scotch-Brite pad with warm water to clean my cork handles. I have not sealed cork but the most frequent product I see used is U-40 Cork Seal - $4.99 available at Tackle Warehouse and other retailers.
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#11218738 - 11/11/15 12:33 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
C.C. Near Nuthin Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 284
Loc: Midlothian, Tx
Magic eraser works well to clean, have not sealed mine.

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#11218778 - 11/11/15 12:51 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 5545
Loc: DFW
I use dish soap and warm water on a rag. They'll look like new afterward.

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#11218782 - 11/11/15 12:53 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: timwins31]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 51213
Loc: Highway 1
Originally Posted By: timwins31
I use dish soap and warm water on a rag. They'll look like new afterward.


Same here. Have yet to find anything better. Also does not dry out the cork like some cleaners can.

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#11218784 - 11/11/15 12:54 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
dmr183 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 814
Loc: San Antonio
clorox wipes

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#11218821 - 11/11/15 01:14 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
Neal G Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 598
Loc: Texas
dish soap, water and a clean rag - nothing more is needed

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#11218823 - 11/11/15 01:16 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: Slide_R]
lipjerk Offline
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Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 2274
Loc: Lantana,Tx
Originally Posted By: Slide_R
I usually use Simple Green and a Scotch-Brite pad with warm water to clean my cork handles. I have not sealed cork but the most frequent product I see used is U-40 Cork Seal - $4.99 available at Tackle Warehouse and other retailers.


This

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#11218884 - 11/11/15 01:57 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
ezbassin Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12908
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Alcohol and a paper or cloth towel whichever you like best. Makes it look new again. I do not seal the cork.


Edited by ezbassin (11/11/15 01:57 PM)

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#11218934 - 11/11/15 02:29 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: Mark Perry]
timwins31 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 5545
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
Originally Posted By: timwins31
I use dish soap and warm water on a rag. They'll look like new afterward.


Same here. Have yet to find anything better. Also does not dry out the cork like some cleaners can.


That's what scares me about alcohol and bleach and most cleaners. . .I don't want to dry and crack my cork. . .

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#11219311 - 11/11/15 05:57 PM Re: Cleaning and treating cork handles [Re: bayesj]
WAWI Online   content
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Registered: 05/18/07
Posts: 19075
Loc: Aledo
Magic eraser pad

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