You guys know that magic erasers aren't actually magical, right?

upNdown

Straight Flush
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
9,644
Reaction score
10,374
Location
boston
They're abrasive. that word sends a chill down my spine, when we're talking about expensive clays. I know they're not exactly sand paper, but still abrasive is inherently damaging, isn't it? I dunno. I use magic erasers on chips only when needed, after other methods fail.
I bring this up because I read more and more people saying that magic erasers are part of their routine cleaning methods. Am I being paranoid here, or are the rest of you guys needlessly grinding down your clays, when a sponge might do the trick?
 

ReallyGoodUsername

Royal Flush
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
12,358
Reaction score
19,345
Location
Boston
You’re overthinking it. They ARE magic and they make life soo much easier when cleaning these chips. In my experience, regular sponges just don’t do shit.
+1 and even using them on mint chips I can’t tell the difference between before and after. These on the other hand...

64D105BF-0000-4C0C-AB52-4FD6FAF49504.jpeg
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,416
Reaction score
11,213
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
They're abrasive. that word sends a chill down my spine, when we're talking about expensive clays. I know they're not exactly sand paper, but still abrasive is inherently damaging, isn't it? I dunno. I use magic erasers on chips only when needed, after other methods fail.
I bring this up because I read more and more people saying that magic erasers are part of their routine cleaning methods. Am I being paranoid here, or are the rest of you guys needlessly grinding down your clays, when a sponge might do the trick?
I also shared your feelings and I had the same paranoia when I brought home my first pack of these. Got the dawn dish soap and magic eraser. Didn't take long for me to stop worrying.

I do triage the dirty chips with an order of things...

First i soak the chips in Lukewarm soapy water (dawn), then I scrub with a toothbrush, and this works pretty good. If stubborn stuff still won't come off, I wipe clean and then take the magic eraser to them. Once I'm satisfied, I quickly rinse in clean lukewarm water and then dry. Very simple process.

Once you start using it, you will LOVE them. I also felt with a nice bath in some lukewarm water after makes me feel at ease.
 

Mongoose

Flush
Joined
Oct 30, 2018
Messages
1,362
Reaction score
1,145
Location
Thousand Oaks, CA
Never got the whole “Magic Eraser” thing. Didn’t do it for me. When washing chips by hand in the past, always used the warm water/Dawn dish soap w toothbrush. For stubborn stains used Sterling’s Magic.

566779C6-D872-483F-BF9A-50D4903EB2E8.jpeg
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,416
Reaction score
11,213
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
Never got the whole “Magic Eraser” thing. Didn’t do it for me. When washing chips by hand in the past, always used the warm water/Dawn dish soap w toothbrush. For stubborn stains used Sterling’s Magic.

View attachment 411743
Cool man! The product clearly worked VERY well for you.

I'll try some of that too! :D
 

upNdown

Straight Flush
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
9,644
Reaction score
10,374
Location
boston
First i soak the chips in Lukewarm soapy water (dawn), then I scrub with a toothbrush, and this works pretty good. If stubborn stuff still won't come off, I wipe clean and then take the magic eraser to them. Once I'm satisfied, I quickly rinse in clean lukewarm water and then dry. Very simple process.
This is pretty much what I do. Except the toothbrush. You people who use toothbrushes are out of your minds.
C23E0354-51C2-4898-B0EF-9E32BF3FA8A5.jpeg
 

Ben8257

Full House
Supporting Member
Joined
May 20, 2019
Messages
3,322
Reaction score
8,859
Location
Finksburg, maryland USA
Maybe part of the intent was missed. The magic eraser is soaked and used like a sponge. If it is dry then yes they are very abrasive, also the face of the chip is equally abrasive. If you use a dry magic eraser on chips it wont last very long. Water and soap while yes having cleaning properties are also a lubricant that cuts down on the abrasion of the sponge. I have never scratched a single chip, packed on years of hooker juice doesn't come off easily!!

I am always amazed when I receive chips in the condition I do... like do people display giant chunks of brown hooker juice in their display cabinets? I understand casino used racks of chips for $1 each but man when you are talking about $10 plus chips I can't believe no one ever takes the time to clean and oil so any chips! Bring them back to life so they will be around for the next generation!!

We have sold a few racks of chips at cost and it has come up in conversation... if you spend 3 to 4 hours cleaning a nasty rack and sell it at cost you definitely lost money!!! No I brought that rack back to life, the chips deserve it!!! Fellow chipper Ben
 

upNdown

Straight Flush
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
9,644
Reaction score
10,374
Location
boston
I am always amazed when I receive chips in the condition I do... like do people display giant chunks of brown hooker juice in their display cabinets?
Apparently singles collectors prefer their chips unwashed. I do not understand. I'm not a germaphobe or anything, but sticky nasty chips are like half a notch below medical waste, in my mind.
 

ReallyGoodUsername

Royal Flush
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
12,358
Reaction score
19,345
Location
Boston
Apparently singles collectors prefer their chips unwashed. I do not understand. I'm not a germaphobe or anything, but sticky nasty chips are like half a notch below medical waste, in my mind.
Don’t get it at all. It’s like being a car collector and enjoying rust and grime all over the car
 

allforcharity

Royal Flush
Site Vendor
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2017
Messages
10,955
Reaction score
11,564
Location
Burnaby (Greater Vancouver), BC
Ultrasonic cleaners aren't foolproof. Neither is simple elbow grease with a dish brush.

Sometimes chips have been stored In pretty bad conditions such that there is not merely a layer of grime on the chip, but actual chemical reaction with the chip surface that causes discolouration. Sometimes there is tenacious colour transfer, and not all the time and detergent in the world will help get that off. Someone could have used freakin' FELT MARKER or PAINT on the chips.

What you need in those cases is a (generic) Magic Eraser, because you need to remove that discoloured layer completely. A little bit of water to moisten. Then scrub until the results are satisfactory. Might take a little work, might take a lot. A lot gentler than sandpaper because you probably won't take out your molds or wear down your recesses even further.
 

upNdown

Straight Flush
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
9,644
Reaction score
10,374
Location
boston
Ultrasonic cleaners aren't foolproof. Neither is simple elbow grease with a dish brush.

Sometimes chips have been stored In pretty bad conditions such that there is not merely a layer of grime on the chip, but actual chemical reaction with the chip surface that causes discolouration. Sometimes there is tenacious colour transfer, and not all the time and detergent in the world will help get that off. Someone could have used freakin' FELT MARKER or PAINT on the chips.

What you need in those cases is a (generic) Magic Eraser, because you need to remove that discoloured layer completely. A little bit of water to moisten. Then scrub until the results are satisfactory. Might take a little work, might take a lot. A lot gentler than sandpaper because you probably won't take out your molds or wear down your recesses even further.
Yup, I've seen some chips, usually older ones, that just wont't come clean under normal methods. When you get to that point, you need to start escalating. I'll admit to having used an exacto, when all else failed.
 

72o

Full House
Supporting Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2014
Messages
4,571
Reaction score
7,119
Location
MA
Never got the whole “Magic Eraser” thing. Didn’t do it for me. When washing chips by hand in the past, always used the warm water/Dawn dish soap w toothbrush. For stubborn stains used Sterling’s Magic.

View attachment 411743
Nice results man. Just curious why you didnt have good results with the magic eraser you think. The stuff will clean the nastiness of shit typically from most surfaces. Honestly I use the stuff everywhere and it always produces the best results.
 

Mongoose

Flush
Joined
Oct 30, 2018
Messages
1,362
Reaction score
1,145
Location
Thousand Oaks, CA
Nice results man. Just curious why you didnt have good results with the magic eraser you think. The stuff will clean the nastiness of shit typically from most surfaces. Honestly I use the stuff everywhere and it always produces the best results.
Idk? Added some water so it wasn’t dry. Confined on and the damn thing went on to fall apart. Guess I’m too heavy handed? Lol!!
 
  • Like
Reactions: 72o

Mojo1312

Flush
Joined
Nov 7, 2014
Messages
1,664
Reaction score
1,427
Location
Maine
Good stuff. I dump the dirty chips in the bath water with Mr. Bubbles. I move my arms around and wiggle my toes aggressively to agitate the water. When I am done bathing myself, I will apply the washcloth to any stubborn stains. This method has worked pretty well for me.
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,416
Reaction score
11,213
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
Just been busy last few days going through some of my singles and getting adventurous with some old ones that have alot of "stuff" on them.

I wanted to share the results of Magic Eraser on my dirtiest chip. I also had a Sundance $1 that was also disgusting, had what looked like pancakes boogers on it, but cleaned up like new....wish I'd taken the pre shot
15832002797807159563306439641683.jpg


Here is my dirtiest Chip..a hot stamp little Caesar's frac..after an intense dawn and scrub routine..dry and repeat...
IMG_20200302_173910.jpg


Had to up the game to Magic Eraser...the results are astounding..you can see the area that has received cleaning..
IMG_20200302_174332.jpg


All done...same chip????
15832004539408260964624001135033.jpg
 

Attachments

  • IMG_20200302_174814.jpg
    IMG_20200302_174814.jpg
    129.4 KB · Views: 28

FordPickup92

Royal Flush
Supporting Member
Joined
May 20, 2019
Messages
12,733
Reaction score
16,775
Location
Finksburg, MD
Apparently singles collectors prefer their chips unwashed. I do not understand. I'm not a germaphobe or anything, but sticky nasty chips are like half a notch below medical waste, in my mind.
Literally this. I actually got into an arguement with an Ebay seller for selling me horrible chips. And that was her exact claim, that collectors desire their "original condition" and cleaning them decreases the value... I'm like..

d63edd9af879f866baea5e3c5b506959.jpg
 

FordPickup92

Royal Flush
Supporting Member
Joined
May 20, 2019
Messages
12,733
Reaction score
16,775
Location
Finksburg, MD
Just been busy last few days going through some of my singles and getting adventurous with some old ones that have alot of "stuff" on them.

I wanted to share the results of Magic Eraser on my dirtiest chip. I also had a Sundance $1 that was also disgusting, had what looked like pancakes boogers on it, but cleaned up like new....wish I'd taken the pre shotView attachment 416737

Here is my dirtiest Chip..a hot stamp little Caesar's frac..after an intense dawn and scrub routine..dry and repeat...View attachment 416738

Had to up the game to Magic Eraser...the results are astounding..you can see the area that has received cleaning..
View attachment 416739

All done...same chip????
View attachment 416741
This high def fingertip finger nail pic really does it for me
 

FordPickup92

Royal Flush
Supporting Member
Joined
May 20, 2019
Messages
12,733
Reaction score
16,775
Location
Finksburg, MD
Literally this. I actually got into an arguement with an Ebay seller for selling me horrible chips. And that was her exact claim, that collectors desire their "original condition" and cleaning them decreases the value... I'm like..

View attachment 416743
Let me clarify lol

20200224_182359.jpg
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,416
Reaction score
11,213
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
I had about 10 from different places that needed attention. I did learn to be more careful around the hot stamp area as the eraser will erase it away. I did a bit of damage to my little Caesars. But it was the first one I kind of damaged. The other dirty ones like a few of the Harrah's, they look like new! Wish I'd taken a shot of this one too...before scrubbing it . It's still not perfect, but it was unrecognizable before...
15832012452447673606406644863477.jpg
 

FordPickup92

Royal Flush
Supporting Member
Joined
May 20, 2019
Messages
12,733
Reaction score
16,775
Location
Finksburg, MD
I had about 10 from different places that needed attention. I did learn to be more careful around the hot stamp area as the eraser will erase it away. I did a bit of damage to my little Caesars. But it was the first one I kind of damaged. The other dirty ones like a few of the Harrah's, they look like new! Wish I'd taken a shot of this one too...before scrubbing it . It's still not perfect, but it was unrecognizable before...View attachment 416747
Oh some people are just gross. Like you get a chip that's brown and when you clean it it's actually yellow. And you're like, excuse me, did you blow your nose and wipe your butt with this and forget it was in your hand?
 
Top Bottom