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Offline WesternElectricBen

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Cleaning Coiled Cords
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:05:00 PM »
Hello,
I was wondering if you guys had tips on cleaning off dirty curly cords. I have a white cord that is pretty dirty and I want to know how you clean them. A more efficient way than just cleaning them with a tooth brush.

Do you but them in a cup of goo gone or what?

Thanks,
Ben

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 10:33:08 PM »
The worst cord I've done was off of a hardwired green 2554.  I stuck it in a glass pickle jar and then filled it up with denatured alcohol.  After sitting overnight all the guck wiped right off.  Don't let is sit longer than a day or so though, the alcohol WILL make the vinyl brittle if it's in there for too long.

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 10:55:01 PM »
The worst cord I've done was off of a hardwired green 2554.  I stuck it in a glass pickle jar and then filled it up with denatured alcohol.  After sitting overnight all the guck wiped right off.  Don't let is sit longer than a day or so though, the alcohol WILL make the vinyl brittle if it's in there for too long.

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Okay, I will have to try that, not sure what dentured alcohol is though.

Ben

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 11:27:25 PM »
It's similar to rubbing alcohol.  It comes in metal cans like paint thinner and such, and you can find in the same area in stores.

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 11:28:08 PM »
It's similar to rubbing alcohol.  It comes in metal cans like paint thinner and such, and you can find in the same area in stores.

Oh, okay, thanks!
Ben

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 12:02:12 AM »
I pour some denatured alcohol on a rag and wipe them down. Have to rewet the rag a couple times but they look great

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 06:32:33 AM »
Ben, just keep the denatured alcohol away from your soft plastic.  It will melt it.  I've used it many times as the others have suggested for cleaning other plastics (and cords) and it works great.  Handy to have around.

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 07:48:15 AM »
Hello,
I was wondering if you guys had tips on cleaning off dirty curly cords. I have a white cord that is pretty dirty and I want to know how you clean them. A more efficient way than just cleaning them with a tooth brush.

Do you but them in a cup of goo gone or what?

Thanks,
Ben
I soak the cords in an oxyclean solution then squeegee them off with paper towel. It seems to remove everything you need removed. Of course, this is easiest if you remove the cord from the phone, but I have done then "in situ" by placing the container in a sink, and draping the cord from the phone, over the edge of the sink, then into the oxyclean...

Always worked well for me... In earlier days, I would have discarded these cords.

Below is an example of two cprds done with Oxyclean. They were soaked in a hot water/Oxyclean solution for a few hours, then hung up to dry. Before treatment, both were gray, dull, and sticky, and looked terrible. When rubbed with fingers, the fingers would come up grungy. Now look at them! The Oxyclean I use is a no-name version that comes as a powder in a plastic jar.

A great way to Streeeeeetch that cord supply!

Dave
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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2013, 11:56:33 AM »
Ben, just keep the denatured alcohol away from your soft plastic.  It will melt it.  I've used it many times as the others have suggested for cleaning other plastics (and cords) and it works great.  Handy to have around.

Dennis thank you for telling me that, should I keep it away from the cords that come on soft plastic phones?
Ben

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2013, 11:57:43 AM »
Hello,
I was wondering if you guys had tips on cleaning off dirty curly cords. I have a white cord that is pretty dirty and I want to know how you clean them. A more efficient way than just cleaning them with a tooth brush.

Do you but them in a cup of goo gone or what?

Thanks,
Ben
I soak the cords in an oxyclean solution then squeegee them off with paper towel. It seems to remove everything you need removed. Of course, this is easiest if you remove the cord from the phone, but I have done then "in situ" by placing the container in a sink, and draping the cord from the phone, over the edge of the sink, then into the oxyclean...

Always worked well for me...

Dave

I should give that a try that sounds effective and easy!
Ben

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2013, 12:27:48 PM »
Mike Sandman sandman.com sells a cord cleaner and other phone cleaners. I bought some but haven't tried it yet.
Jim

The link to the telephone cleaners page :
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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2013, 01:33:27 PM »
This message thread reminds me when I was an installer many years ago. So please allow me to tell a stuff anecdote.

I remember Western Electric specifically made a telephone cord cleaner.  I believe it was in stuff/fat can with a black and white label. Maybe someone here has a old photo of one.

The cleaner did not work very well so it was not used on sets that much.  But the installers did find a good use of the cleaner;  it made and excellent ant/bug spray and left a pleasant odor.  I used it to kill ants when they invaded b-boxes. 
 
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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2013, 01:37:48 PM »
There was a cord cleaner made by Magnolia Chem Co. There was also a waxy spray on polish called Glaze-It.

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2013, 01:46:59 PM »
This message thread reminds me when I was an installer many years ago. So please allow me to tell a stuff anecdote.

I remember Western Electric specifically made a telephone cord cleaner.  I believe it was in stuff/fat can with a black and white label. Maybe someone here has a old photo of one.

The cleaner did not work very well so it was not used on sets that much.  But the installers did find a good use of the cleaner;  it made and excellent ant/bug spray and left a pleasant odor.  I used it to kill ants when they invaded b-boxes.  
 

Haha, it would be interesting to see that!
Ben

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Re: Cleaning Coiled Cords
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2013, 02:13:06 PM »
I remove the cords completely from the phone and wipe them down with a towel soaked in denatured alchohol.  Works like a charm every time.