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Author Topic: washing the grime off- and salt crystals  (Read 2731 times)
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« on: December 28, 2010, 07:00 PM »

I've been flying around sandy flats on the shores of the Great Salt Lake.  I'm not sure if that's much different from being at any ocean beach, but the kites (fabric, not mylar) do come home with splotches of white along with the usual sand.  I've just been sponging them off with warm water and that seems to do the trick. 

But for those times they get grungy enough for a real cleaning, what's the best approach?  I'd read sticking them in a shower and running the water on them worked well.  How about drying them?  Dry with the kite set up, or spreaders and standoffs removed?

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2010, 08:53 PM »

We did the discussion a couple months ago, you can check it here http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=4339.0

I don't know if a consensus was reached, my preference is to just hose it off, don't use one of those spray nozzles that'll shoot two yards away though. I would release the leading edge tension and leave the standoffs out to detension the sail but leave the lower spreaders in to hold the sail open for quick drying. The shower is fine and preferable should you have a water softening system in your home. If you feel the need to use some cleaner dish washing detergent is a good mild choice and was recommended in my fabrics classes for use on any delicates and dry clean fabrics as the best choice. Something cheap with no added lemon oils, fragrances, etc. just pure detergent is best.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 09:35 PM »

Thanks for that.  Figured that had to have been covered here before but couldn't find it using the search function.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 05:32 AM »

I would be wary of salt...it is a crystal form....that means edges...sharp little minuscule edges....that could cut teeny tiny little fibers......i would wash it off well with warm (not hot) fresh water and leave it to dry....then be all good until the next flight!
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 09:57 AM »

for salt a little soak 10 min .  then good  rinse
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