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TOPIC: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones?

Re: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones? 2 years 3 weeks ago #3697

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Monk69bl wrote:
Well I have not tried but I would think normal swimming pool acid should work to help clean the ceramic stones. The pool acid is Hydrochloric acid (HCl). You do get them in different strengths and of course with any chemicals wear gloves. Do NOT get the HydroFLOURIC acid (HF), as that is VERY VERY dangerous.

Also I think the ones that they sell to clean the steam cleaners could also work. Even vinegar might do the trick. Vinegar is also acidic.

what you want is H2SO4 which is an oxidizer. HCl is not.. Acetic acid (C2H4O2) will work but slowly.. the reaction you want is oxidization reduction of the iron. Its all very dangerous on the garage / hobby level, and best to just forget the whole thing. sorry I ever mentioned it in the first place.
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Re: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones? 2 years 3 weeks ago #3698

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Yep H2SO4 in it's concentrated form can be bad, cos when you add it to water it can get very hot and or "splash/jump" out. H2SO4 can be found in car batteries and if you have ever got that on your clothes you can kiss those good bye. Always add acid to water while stirring the water. This helps to prevents the hydrophilic "jumping out" of H2SO4. I agree 100% not for the hobby/garage level.

Try vinegar 1st as that is prob the safest.
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Re: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones? 2 years 3 weeks ago #3699

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Monk69bl wrote:
.. I agree 100% not for the hobby/garage level.

Try vinegar 1st as that is prob the safest.

I agree, vinegar, Acetic acid (C2H4O2) will work but slowly.. I tried to edit my last post , but i see not in time. I tried Distilled white vinegar once, but it took 36 hrs in a hot crock pot, so not real practical..
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Re: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones? 2 years 3 weeks ago #3700

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I just used Soft Scrub spray foam on the Micro-Fine ceramics and it worked well. I haven't tried with the Superfine stones.
--Clay Allison
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Re: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones? 2 years 3 weeks ago #3701

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Yep, Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) could do the job a little faster than vinegar, as it will dissolve the iron off the ceramics, is easier to get hold of and way safer than H2SO4.

Wiki Same acid as in our stomachs and used in pickling steel.

Safety glasses and rubber/latex gloves to be safe.

Just thought about it ... Coca-cola has phosphoric acid in it and that could also work as the metal in the ceramics is very fine.
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Re: What should I be doing to clean my WEPS stones? 2 years 3 weeks ago #3707

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mark76 wrote:
On other forums people recommend Bartender's stuff...

It's Barkeepers friend... www.barkeepersfriend.com I use it... works really well.

BTW, I don't think anyone's mentioned leather... a waterless non abrasive hand cleaner with a conditioner like lanolin or aloe vera does a great job of cleaning and revitalizing leather. Haven't done the WE strops yet... but have done some full size strops, and they come out as good as new. Just make sure it's non abrasive.

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