Proper Care and Cleaning of Buffing Pads

Today, we're going to clean all those buffing pads we've been using around the house and boat. When detailing, it is very important to always start a waxing or buffing job with a fresh set of pads. This does not mean a new set, but rather pads that are in clean and good condition.

Dirty pads will work against you in two ways. First, if they are already loaded with wax or compound they will not work efficiently or effectively, greatly increasing the time you will need for buffing. Second, a dirty pad, one that may have been stored poorly or has grime embedded in it can really damage your finish by grinding that dirt into the surface. In short, proper pad cleaning and storing is essential.

Here is what you will need:


Add 1 scoop of Serious Pad Cleaner for every gallon of water you plan to use. Make sure the bucket has enough water to submerge the pads. 

For foam based pads, woven pads, bonnets, microfiber towels and more, just put them in the bucket with the mixture and lightly agitate.  Let items continue to soak for 15-30 minutes.  Next, hand wash in the bucket, working out the chemicals and rinsing well. Wring them out and let air, dry face up.

Wool based pads get really gunked up and matted down. A small stiff brush will be a big help in cleaning these style pads. Using this tool, scrub and work the compound out of the pad. Once clean, rinse well and push all excess water from the pad. Then let it air dry face up.

Pads that are extremely soiled may need to be soaked for another 15 minutes. Once all your pads are dry, make sure to store them in a plastic bag so they will stay clean for next time. All done!

Until next time, make sure you keep your boat Clean-N-Simple!