How to Clean a Foam Polishing Pad


Electric polishers and buffers have vastly improved the efficiency and quality of tasks such as polishing your car. The polishers have an orbital motion that applies polishing solution and buffs to create a professional-grade sheen on your car's finish. The electric polishers use pads to apply and buff the polish. They can be reused as long as they are properly cared for, and proper cleaning is key to extending their longevity.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Spur tool
  • Gallon-size plastic bucket
  • Polishing pad cleaner
  • Wipe the pad with a towel to remove built-up polish. If the polish is too hard to remove by towel, and then use a special tool, usually referred to as a spur, to remove the excess wax.

  • Fill a gallon-size plastic bucket three quarters full of warm water and add a commercial polishing pad cleaner to the water. Follow the polishing pad cleaner manufacturer's instructions for the amount to add.

  • Hand wash the polish pad in the cleaner. Do not wring or otherwise mis-shape the polishing pad while washing or you might damage the backing so that it will no longer adhere to the buffer or polisher.

  • Remove the pad from the bucket and press it flat between the palms of your hands to remove as much water as possible. Place the polishing pad in a well-ventilated area to dry. Do not store the polishing pad damp or mildew might form.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only use specialty cleaners designed for that purpose to clean the polishing pad. Never use dishwashing liquid or detergents--they will damage the polishing pad backing.

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