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 Posted: Wed Nov 29th, 2017 11:32 am
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Something we discovered at our last exhibition - as a quick track cleaner I used a couple of those use-once throw away spectacle/glass cleaners (box of 50 from Lidl, Aldi etc) they are pre-moistened with IPA or similar and the paper composition doesn't leave bits behind, and non abrasive.

Worth keeping a few in the portable tool box for going to shows.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 29th, 2017 07:22 pm
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Thanks, Shaun.

A good one.  :thumbs



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Are these a bit like "wet-wipes" Shaun ?



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Not quite, Peter. I think wet wipes and similar disposable cleaning aids probably contain soaps/lanolin/antiseptics and other chemicals that may leave deposits on the track - also the tissue fabric on wet wipes seems to be softer and prone to shred.

These are the cleansers I use (in emergency, or as a last resort):



The carrier paper has more of the consistency of 'Bronco'!

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Hi Shaun,

Just had a look at my "pre-moistened lens wipes": water, isopropyl alcohol (IPA), anti-fog (?), anti-static agents (?). Anti-fogs are commonly surfactants, usually hydrophilic polymers, anti-statics are a veritable witches brew, usually organic bases. Rather than coat the rails with soap I use a piece of microfiber cloth (used to clean laptop and flat panel TV screens, I grab it before my wife bins it) and a mister containing neat IPA (not rubbing alcohol) from the pharmacy. Much cheaper, and the microfiber cloth does not shed. I avoid contact with ballast by using a small block of wood around which the cloth is wrapped. I also use a swiffer to get rid of dust. You should be able to get microfiber cloths from the local car cleaning supplies store. Is Halfords still around?

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In the UK you can get packs of MicroFibre cloths (4-5 in each pack) from Poundland and other pound stores.



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