Evil D wrote: ↑
Thu May 31, 2018 6:02 am
If you're using a Scotchbrite pad it barely makes any difference what soap you use, I've used dish soap plenty of times and they get just as clean because the pad is providing the abrasion. Mr. Clean magic eraser works extremely well but the stones tend to cut them up and they wear out super fast, not what I would call cost effective vs a Scotchbrite pad that will last far longer. I would imagine a Brillo pad or SOS pad would work well too.
Now ol' buddy again I respectfully beg to differ with you concerning what you said about "soaps" and using them with ScotchBrite pads for cleaning sharpening stones. First of all right off the bat not all ScotchBrite pads are created equal. Those newer blue ones for instance don't clean those stones nearly as good as the older, green, coarse grade ScotchBrite pads like you get at most hardware stores and paint stores. Also I've found that even top notch soaps like liquid Dawn ( the Platinum, Overnight formula) won't dislodge those steel/metal filings like Bar Keeper's Friend does. Even Ajax & Comet don't get the stone completely free of residue and metal filings like BKF does. Now I'm a believer in ScotchBrite pads but I am very picky about which grade of them I use for stone cleaning.
Now I have had some good results soaking stones overnight in the "Platinum Dawn dish soap". and then the next morning going at them with the BKF and a coarse ScotchBrite pad. I've heard lots of testimonies about the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers but when it comes to cleaning Spyderco ceramic stones I've had much better results with the coarse, green ScotchBrite pads. Now if there are indeed industrial grade soaps that do actually remove filings like BKF does I would sure like to know which ones they are because I've tried a wide variety of soaps and have not had the results I've wanted.
Now if anyone here does know of a product that cleans those stones as good as BKF does I'm open to trying them out. I love to experiment with different products and I've had some luck with stuff like real lye and "Tri-Sodium Phosphate" (TSP). But again for "soaps" I've yet to find one that can even come close to doing what BKF does. So yes I do believe it makes a huge difference which cleaning product you use. But if you've found a commercial soap that does indeed work I would sure like to know the name of it.