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I have read that California Car Dusters are "made to provide years of effective service without the need for cleaning." But should you come to that point where you need to clean the duster, how would you properly do it?

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I have read that California Car Dusters are "made to provide years of effective service without the need for cleaning." But should you come to that point where you need to clean the duster, how would you properly do it?

Thanks.
There is a tag on the bags that say if you ever feel the need to wash it, handwash only, using mild detergent (like Woolite® -They give this brand as an example) and luke warm water. Air dry only.

Although, I seem to recall there was at one time a "refill" available so you could "re-wax" it after you washed it. Parafin wax, maybe? I would expect the washing to remove some of the waxy coating from the fibers.
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Default Re: Cleaning your California Car Duster

Yes, while I have read those instructions too, I'm a bit worried that even the mild detergent might strip the wax coating on the fibers with the incorrect amount of detergent, the manner of handwashing, etc.

I was wondering if there are some specific do's and don'ts that could be shared in addition to the instructions stated on the label and the website.

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I think your best bet will be to contact them, and ask how to care for it.
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I see. I've also sent an email to the company a few minutes ago. Thanks.
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Default Re: Cleaning your California Car Duster

I know that this is of no help to you now, when you're aiming to clean the duster, but I found that just like with your car, immediate and regular maintenance helps.
I have one of those Australian 'knock off' copies of this duster which is similar in every respect except the colour.
I use the duster at least once a week, immediately prior to the car leaving the garage.

As I've mentioned, Just the very tips of the fronds touch the paint. Immediately after finishing with the car, I hold the palm of one hand flat, and pretend that I'm dusting my palm as I've just done to the paint, also making sure just the tips of the fronds touch my palm, moving the head of the duster back and forth fairly quickly.
This way, any loose dust is shaken out of the fronds.
The duster I have is now 2 years old and I think in as good a condition as it was two years ago.

As to cleaning, I'd drop the hint around birthday time for a new one. Yuk yuk yuk.

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Pollen falls around here like bird crap, and I have to use every inch of the fibers to wipe it off. Several times during it's use, I'll beat the mop against the palm of my other hand. God do I hate pine pollen, it turns everything yellowish green around here.
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The duster I have is now 2 years old and I think in as good a condition as it was two years ago.
Yes, I've read that the duster really lasts a long time. I guess I'm just being excessively concerned.

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As to cleaning, I'd drop the hint around birthday time for a new one. Yuk yuk yuk.


Nice tip. This would come in handy when it's time to get other car care products as well. Thanks.
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