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Cleaning Chips With Clorox

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Care' started by CrazyTrain, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. CrazyTrain

    CrazyTrain New Member

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    Hey,

    Fairly new to this chip collecting stuff. I've picked up chips from Atlantic City and Vegas the past times I was there from the major places. Unfortunately, the chips are SUPER dirty and likely have germs and stuff on them.

    I was looking at different options for cleaning them, and most dealt with making the chip itself look prettier, but not necessarily killing any germs on it. I couldn't find anything through googling on the use of Clorox disinfecting wipes as chip cleaners, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

    I used it on on a $1 Excalibur TH&C and also on a Ceramic Tiki chip. I only used the wipe and did not use a toothbrush or any other equipment. Initially, the results seem good, but will continue monitoring the chips for discoloration, warping, etc.

    I've attached pictures of before and after. My question to you all is, do any of you have experience with cleaning like this? Good/Bad in the long run? What are your thoughts?

    *EDIT* Pictures are too big. I've posted them:
    TH&C Pre-Clean: http://postimg.org/image/py3eqg3ff/
    TH&C Post-Clean: http://postimg.org/image/465403ue5/
    Tiki Pre-Clean: http://postimg.org/image/kkk27ms11/
    Tiki Post-Clean: http://postimg.org/image/8r12dlv49/
     
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  2. BPTDirector

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    Any color transfer on the wipe? If so I wouldn't use them, especially if you get color transfer on the ceramic cleaning.

    The two examples look nice and clean though I'll give you that.

    There are many threads about chip cleaning on this site. Just utilize the search function to find them.

    Good Luck
     
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  3. abby99

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    Very nice! According to the FAQ on clorox.com, their disinfecting wipes do not contain bleach. If you're concerned about residual chemicals (as I would be), you might rinse the chips well in lukewarm water before drying them thoroughly.

    If you want to resize your images, there are several places on the internet where you can resize photos for free, easily found with a search.
     
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  4. CrazyTrain

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    Thanks for the replies. I noticed no color on the wipe after I was done with either of them. You do have a good point about the chemicals. A rinse (or maybe a wet towel over them after) might not be a bad idea.

    I'm planning on trying this on a low value color TH&C to see if there's any color loss on that.
     
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  5. CrazyTrain

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    Ok, so I tried this out on a few more. Here's a light blue Mandalay Bay chip:

    http://postimg.org/image/bakcn6yuz/
    http://postimg.org/image/4vnpkef9z/

    I also did a Bellagio medium blue chip. Both didn't have any color bleeding off on the wipe or other noticeable effects. However, I did a dark blue Treasure Island chip as well, and that one bled all over the wipe. The TI is a TH&C short version. Not sure why, but that particular chip is behaving very differently and its color is coming off. Kinda like they spray painted on the color afterwards instead of during the creation process or something.

    Anyone have experience cleaning Treasure Island Vegas $1 dark blue chips? Thoughts on why it's behaving so different?
     
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    Those dark blue Paulson chips transfer color extremely easily. Have you ever noticed that very few of the white edge spots don't have blue transfer color on them? The chips seem to pick up transfer color from their neighbors just sitting in a rack! It's the dye and I wouldn't worry about it unless the body of the chip is actually lighter after cleaning. That I haven't experienced, but I clean mine with a lukewarm water and Dawn dishwashing detergent, and a soft toothbrush.
     
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  7. Blaster

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    What I did & would suggest on dirty Casino Paulsons, was use "palmolive Oxy" green liquid dish soap, a good squirt ( 2 tablespoons?), into maybe a gallon or two of hot water , in a plastic container & swish/stir around to make suds..
    Threw some of the chips in, & after a couple of minutes , started to clean them w/a soft toothbrush.
    The grime was actually comming off the chips in my hand before I started to scrub! A rub of my fingers was cleaning the chips, exept for the "nooks & crannies" , like the hat/cane area. Scrubbing w/ the toothbrush made them bright & clean.
    A dip into clean water for rinse, dry off w/ a towel & put aside on another towel.
    * No need to soak for hours, no expensive or overpriced chemicals!
    I think about a 5 min soak is probably best, since the chips sitting in the liquid cleaned even easier ...
    Here's an After/Before ....
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