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Old 11-05-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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Just received a lot of old needles. Some wood, some aluminum, some steel and rusted. Does anyone have an idea on the proper cleaning method for the needles? I don't want to make them worse. Beside the rusted ones most are just musty and dusty.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:52 PM   #2
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I would say that the rusted ones are garbage, unfortunately. Try rubbing the wooden ones with wax paper, and try washing the aluminum ones. It shouldn't hurt them. Lucky you!
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Just in case any of these are steel-- for those, Shetland's Jamison and Smith recommends rubbing the needles with steel wool and then with a little light machine oil on a cloth. I haven't tried it, but thought I would pass it along.
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:35 PM   #4
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When I found a bunch of old needles my grandmother had given me in a box in the attic, I just put them on the top rack of the dishwsher and ran them through the cycle. They came out clean and spot-free thanks to good old Jet Dry! lol
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:21 PM   #5
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I use isopropyl alcohol or ethanol or use something similar.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:16 AM   #6
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When I found a bunch of old needles my grandmother had given me in a box in the attic, I just put them on the top rack of the dishwsher and ran them through the cycle. They came out clean and spot-free thanks to good old Jet Dry! lol
Be careful if you do this with older "plastic" needles, some of them might not survive.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:43 PM   #7
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Be careful if you do this with older "plastic" needles, some of them might not survive.
Of course not! lol All of my needles are aluminum. I forgot to stick that into my first post.
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