Whats the best way to clean cork grips?

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by dasbear, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. dasbear

    dasbear dasbear

    I have a rod with some light soiling on the cork grip and I dont want to ruin its appearance by using the wrong stuff. Any advise?
  2. Dave Alberts

    Dave Alberts Member

    Fish in the rain! Seriously...
  3. fishfly

    fishfly Member

    I'd heard of people using denatured alcohol and used it on some bait rods years back and it worked well. google "how to clean cork fly rod grips" and you will probably get all kinds of ideas.
  4. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

    Bad juju. Cleaning the mojo off.
  5. veilside180sx

    veilside180sx Member

    My favorite is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, it works great. Just dip it in water and rub it a little bit.
  6. dasbear

    dasbear dasbear

    Bad juju. man thats funny, I'd use that phrase for many things but never about fishing pole grips. I will proceed being careful to leave some of the juju hidden away.

    Thanks All
  7. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

    fishing pole????? That's bad juju.
  8. Troutcreek

    Troutcreek Active Member

    I've used a soft-scrub mildly abrasive cleaner with a wet paper towel on cork. It worked well for me but I didn't scrub too hard....FYI this was recommended to me by someone who has used this procedure for years and is very picky regarding his equipment.
  9. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

    I have heard that this works well, although I have yet to try it.
    Simple Green with a little warm water and a toothbrush works well for me.
  10. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    At the shop we use either a very sandpaper or 70% isopropyl alcohol and sometimes both.

  11. dasbear

    dasbear dasbear

    I tried the sponge eraser and it worked perfect.

    Thanks again
  12. Loren Jensen

    Loren Jensen Active Member

    i'll agree.

    try a wire wheel though, should bring out a brand new finish.
  13. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

  14. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Baking soda works great.
  15. LD

    LD Active Member

    Soft bristled brush and a little laundry detergent or dawn. I do not like using abrasives (sand paper, hard bristled brushes), it can some times create a ridging..
  16. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    You fish it more. You get it wet more, you wipe it dry, you don't take any drastic mesures to remove the rod's soul from its previous successes.
  17. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

    Bad juju! I've never cleaned cork on a flyrod. Only time I've ever cleaned cork on a gear rod was after using bait. And even then it was a dunking in the river and using my hand to get residue off. I call it a patina on the handle.

    Leave handle as is. Keep its soul intact. Next thing you are gonna ask is best way to clean your vest! Blasphemy! ;)
  18. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Best way to clean your vest...put it on and fish in the rain.
    What is next? What type of vodka to use to clean your wader funk out?
  19. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

    It's not wader funk, it's fish attractant. Get it right Ed. :)
  20. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    I know Jerry, I know. I was trying to get onboard with the whole cleaning theme.

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