How to Wash and Clean Wool, Foam, and Microfiber Pads?

Wool, foam and microfiber pads are great for a lot of things. They’re used on hard surfaces such as marble, granite and hardwood floors, on tiles, and on various types of carpets. But when you wash these pads with regular washes, they become cloudy from detergent residues and dirt. However, with our tips, you’ll understand about washing wool, foam, and microfiber pads so that you can keep your home clean despite time constraints. So don’t waste your time just start to learn how to clean wool buffing pads.

How to clean pads

There are a lot of things you will need to know about washing, cleaning and caring for pads. Sometimes the pads don’t wash well and can end up with lint, making them less desirable to use. It’s important to learn how to clean your pads correctly so they last a long time and maintain their quality. So lets start with required material for wash and cleaning pads.

Required Material:

The following list includes the material which I believe is required for washing and replacing pads.

  • Spur Tool
  • Bristle Brush (Small size)
  • Air Compressor
  • Cleaning solutions

How to Clean Wool Buffing Pads?

Wool buffing pads are circular pads that are made up of high-quality and dense lambskin. They are used to polish paints and other materials, including wax, sealants, and many other coatings used on surfaces. They are also used to remove heavy oxidation and control the temperatures by cooling the surface. There are two methods of cleaning wool buffing pads. 1 is after use of pad and 2 is during polishing.

How to Clean Wool Buffing Pads

Methods 1 for Cleaning Wool Buffing Pads:

How to clean wool buffing pads? the step one is deep cleaning of your pads is essential, and it will ensure their sound and acceptable working the next time you use them for polishing, painting, compounding, removal of scratches, or any other coatings. Let me explain some important methods to you.

Material We Required:

First, have a look at things or materials that we are going to use.

  • Spur tool (for wool pads)
  • Pad cleaning solution
  • Pad washer
  • Air compressor

Step 1. Buffing Wool Pad Cleaner:

One of the very effective ways that will provide 100% results for the perfect cleaning of your wool buffing pads is the usage of cleaners specially made to unclogged, remove excess polish, paint, coatings from them and give them shape and position back for the next time usage.

Steps Detail:

Now here is the complete detail and steps for the cleaning of your wool buffing pads by using buffing pad cleaner.

  • Unplug the Polishing Tool

First, we have to unplug the polishing tool. So that you don’t turn the machine on accidentally while doing the procedure of your pad cleaning that will cause harm to you.

  • Remove Pad From Polishing Tool

Now unlock the polishing tool’s lock mechanism in which the cleaning pad holds one position. Now spin the pad in the right direction until the pad falls down automatically.

You are also preferred to read instructions from the manual given by the manufacturer on how to remove the pad from the polishing tool. 

  • Spray the Buffing Pad Cleaner on Surface of Pad

Now spray the cleaner on the surface of the cleaning pad. Always spray for 6 to 7 times until the cleaner completely covers the surface of your cleaning pad. But never make your pad fully soaked or dripping with wool buffing cleaner. You can place your pad into the utility sink for this step.

You can buy these cleaners from the online stores, also available in automotive or hardware stores in the market.

  • Let the Solution Soak Into Pad

Now leave the pad for at least 15 minutes and let the solution soak into it completely which makes the debris and dirt become loose and leave the surface of the pad easily. Keep your pad in the utility sink but don’t turn the water on.

Almost every wool buffing pad cleaner has a harsh and pungent smell so try to keep windows or doors open for ventilation.

  • Massage the Cleaning Solution Into the Pad

After letting the cleaner soak, take the pad into your hands and start massaging it down for 10 to 15 seconds. The dirt and debris already loosened up; you just need to remove it completely from the entire surface of the pad.

  • Rinse and Massage It With Water

Turn the tap water on, start rinsing your pad under it. Massage it with your both hands at least for 1 minute so that all the cleaning solution, dirt, debris, and any other particles of paint, polish other things come out of it and water runs clear.

If you see any patch of the pad that remains dirty and left with residue, repeat the cleaning process on this small area, not on the whole pad.

  • Lay Down on Clean Surface

Finally and last, after rinsing, squeeze all the water from it and lay down it on any flat or clean surface to let it dry. It may take 12 to 24 hours to become fully dry.

You can also wrap your pad into a microfiber towel and remove excess amounts of moisture. If you want your pad to dry fast, attach your damp pad to a polisher machine and start it on medium speed for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Similarly, you can also put them into the dryer for 10 to 20 minutes on low or no heat but it may cause shrinkage for your pad.

Step 2. Using Compressed Air:

A quick and very easy method to keep your pad clean and unclogged during compounding different sections, you can use compressed air.

You just have to use a  blower nozzle to apply compressed air across the pad when it is spinning. If you do not have any air compressors, they come in handy for use for cleaning door jams, dusty cup holders, and in cases for the usage of cleaning pads. You can also buy them at cheap prices from amazon or any other online store.

Method 2 for Pads Cleaning During Polishing

This is also the best way for cleaning pads during the polishing. Read the full detail and get the whole information about how to clean wool buffing pads during polishing.

1. Stop Polishing When Pad Is Completely Submerged With Polish

When you are polishing with wool pads and watch them clogged and saturated fully with polish, you need to stop shining, and quick cleaning is required when places seem matte down with polish or paint.

  • When polishing a car, you need to stop polishing immediately after doing two sections.
  • When polishing a floor, quickly clean them after stopping polish when you realize that floor is not as effective as earlier you have done polishing.

2. Flip the Electric Polishing Tool Over the Pad Is Facing

You don’t need to remove the pad from the electrical polishing tool. Just flip the position. Cleaning your pad while cleaning sections of the car or floor or any other equipment will provide more effective cleaning.

  • Always keep your pad more than a foot away while polishing so that the dust from the pad doesn’t get onto the freshly painted surfaces..

3. Use a Buffing Spur to Quickly Clean Wool Pad

To quickly clean your wool buffing pad during polishing, you need to use a buffing spur in order to remove debris and dirt from the wool. Now hold the spur to the wool pad and make it spin around by turning on the buffing wool with a little pressure.

  • You can purchase them from any automotive, hardware store or online stores.

4. Move the Position of Brush or Spur to Clean All the Areas of Pad

In order to clean all the areas of the pad, always move your spur on the pad by moving it into the center, back and forth continuously at least for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat cleaning, until the pad comes back to its original condition and color.

Pro Tips for Cleaning!!

  • Always use cool water under 60 to 70 degree fahrenheit. As how water may cause shrinkage to your pad.
  • Use a drying machine at no heat or medium speed for the purpose of drying your pad. But try to prefer air drying instead of machine drying.
  • Never use strong detergents or cleaning solutions.

How to Clean Microfiber Pads?

You probably use microfiber pads on a daily basis. When you’re cleaning your car, washing your clothes or using them to dust the house, there’s no doubt you’ve experienced how easy it is to move and clean these little wonders. Furthermore, they are sanitized regularly, and people know that cleaning them will do just that. But how do you keep them clean? That is a question that many people wonder about. Get the all information of the cleaning process of microfiber pads here.

Method 1. Using a Terry Cloth Towel or Bristle Brush

Brushing and cleaning the microfiber pad is a very easy process. You can use a regular dry towel or a soft terry cloth towel to remove dust, dirt or debris from the surface of the microfiber pad. You can use a bristle brush to remove any debris stuck in the microfiber pad’s fibers. The best part about using this method is that it does not damage your microfiber pad at all.

Method 2. Using Compressed Air

If you want to clean your microfiber pad with compressed air, you will need an air compressor and an air hose with nozzle. When using this method, make sure that the nozzle of your air hose is attached to the air compressor, and then connect both pieces.

Make sure you have enough room around your microfiber pad so it is not damaged by debris while being cleaned with compressed air. Then turn on your compressor and let it run for several minutes until all of the dirt has been removed from your microfiber pad.

How to Clean Foam Pads?

Foam pads are a great cleaning tool. They are easy to use, portable and don’t require any special tools. Foam is also highly safe for your skin and can be utilized in various applications. The surface of the foam pad is usually feted with a chemical compound that authorizes it to hold oil or dirt when it’s cleaned with water.

However, even though most people think of the surface being protected by the chemical compound when they buy foam pads, most don’t change their pads because they wash them after each use. I suggest you, just clean foam pads by your hands at home.

Why Do We Need to Keep Them Clean?

We need to keep them clean because this will ensure enhancement in their lives and extend their lifetime. When we go over the surface the removed polish and oxidation interfere with the pad and clog the pad. This will disturb their working,  they will not work effectively and efficiently by increasing your time and effort for buffing. Also, when they are clogged, dirty embedded particles will leave a rough impact on the surface, decreasing the finishing. In short, cleaning pads are very essential for effective working and buffing.


In this article, I gave you all information related to how to clean wool buffing pads and cleaning your pads for next time use with the same efficiency and effectiveness with which they work when you buy them for the very first time. Hope this will prove helpful and understandable to you. And make you stop buying new wool buffing pads every time you need them instead of using the previous one and save money. Cheers!!

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