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 so many other coatings used to apply on surfaces. They are also used to remove heavy oxidation and control the temperatures by cooling the surface.

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 and 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.

Methods for Cleaning Wool Buffing Pads

Now, I am going to describe very simple and understandable methods to you. There are two methods for cleaning your buffing pads. First during polishing to keep them unclogged and second deep cleaning after polishing. Hope this will help you out to keep your wool buffing pads clean and clear. Let me explain them.

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

Ways to Keep Pads Clean During Polishing

1. Stop Polishing When Pad Is Completely Submerged With Polish

When you are polishing with wool pads and you watch them clogged and saturated fully with polish, you need to stop polishing and quick cleaning is required when pads appear 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.

Ways for Deep Cleaning of Wool Pads After Usage

Deep cleaning of your pads is very important and it will ensure their good and fine working for the next time you use them for polishing, paint, compounding, removal of scratches or any other kind of coatings. Let me explain some important methods to you.

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.

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.

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.


In this article, I gave you all information related to cleaning your wool buffing 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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