Re: Cleaning Bud Jones CiC chips
I learned that everything I know about cleaning Paulson chips is wrong for Bud Jones CiC chips. (DIsclaimer - I was working with the Grove Cardroom CiC chip, they were a bit dirty but not encrusted with grime/gunk/year old cheeseburger. Most of the dirt was in the prining on the coin.)
They may look indestructable but the coin in center chip has a weak spot where the coin joins the outer ring. Any kind of long soak weakens that joint and makes the center loose and wobbly. It tightens up when the chip is cool and dry, but it might not be as good as it was. Adding soap to the warm water made soaking worse.
Scrubing with a toothbrush leaves a mark on the coin using an 8x loop, though the marks are not observable with the naked eye (even using my readers . . . ) Obviously a more effective / more abrasive scruber is likely to make matters worse.
Cleaning didn't make much difference. I tested hot water with soap + 10 minute soak + toothbrush scrub vs hot water with soap - short soak - wipe down with dishtowel vs a quick rinse with hot tap water vs nothing. There was little difference no matter what I did or didn't do. (It was noteworthy that the soak water was sparkling clean, something I never see cleaning used paulsons.)
It is difficult to get the dirt out of the coin center without scratching the coin or pushing it out. It took only one bad try for me to decide a bit of grime added character. The material in the outer ring does not absorb smells and is easy to clean, though you will not see that much difference between cleaned chips and dirty.
I ended up using a hot water rinse + quick wipe as a cleaning method. My goal was to get the gunk from the casino off and make no extra effort to clean up the prining in the coin center. This is much, much faster than the soak + scrub (+oil) needed for Paulsons and just about as effective as a hard core cleaning.