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Offline HowardPgh

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Sticky Cords EWWWW!
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:59:47 PM »
Why do some of the plastic and rubber cords get sticky.  Is there a way to eliminate this and to clean them?  I also encountered this problem on rubber items that are new but have been stored for a long time.

Offline FABphones

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Re: Sticky Cords EWWWW!
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 02:11:32 PM »
Have you tried a CRPF search? Here's how I cleaned (and recoiled) one of mine:

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Offline jsowers

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Re: Sticky Cords EWWWW!
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 03:21:04 PM »
I'm not sure you can end it. I had shelves at work that were poly finished wood and when I put WE phones on them the cords would stick to the shelves. I'm not sure what was outgassing. I have unfinished pressed wood and lacquered maple shelves in my display at home and the cords don't stick to that. So I'm thinking it was the finish on the shelves at work, or that was the newest piece in the puzzle since they were made in 2001. Picture below.

The cure? I could clean off the shelves and the phone cords and put them back, which I did a couple times, and they would stick all over again given a couple months. The actual cure was my boss and the HR director telling me to pack up the phones. Now that took some nerve, but I followed orders.  ;D I retired soon after that, so they would have to be packed up anyway.

My favorite cleaner for cords is denatured alcohol. It gets off just about everything including paint dots and embedded dirt and sticky places. I start in the middle of the cord cleaning it to preserve its coil direction, if the cord is otherwise OK, and work my way to the outside end. Then re-coil it and start in the middle again and re-coil afterward. Sometimes they don't like to be coiled in the opposite direction. Sometimes they do. You never know.

Offline twocvbloke

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Re: Sticky Cords EWWWW!
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 03:32:24 PM »
What works for me is biological washing powder (or laundry detergent depending on your locale), mixed up in some warm water and hang the sticky offender in the mixture overnight, following day give it a good rinse in cold water and the stickiness is dealt with... :)

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Sticky Cords EWWWW!
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 06:02:07 PM »
I have some transparent modular handset cords made for WEW by AE.
They out-gas to sticky. I tried Dawn dish soap and It did work. I don't know how long term the fix is.
Next time I have the spares out , I will try these suggestions and see what seems to  work best.
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Offline kleenax

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Re: Sticky Cords EWWWW!
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 09:37:44 PM »
To clean my cords and remove the stickiness, I moisten a terrycloth towel with straight household ammonia and then draw the cords through the moistened towel (thru my hands). After they dry off, you are good to go. 
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