After use, the cleaning really starts. If the used pads are cleaned manually, they should be wetted generously with an alkaline cleaner (e.g. Green Star 1:20). After a short exposure time, the pad needs to be freed from the remaining polish residues by means of kneading movements under lukewarm water. Hot water must be avoided at all costs, as the fleece may shrink and thus deform the pad.
For machine cleaning, the used pads should first be soaked in a bucket filled with an alkaline cleaner (e.g. Green Star 1:20). The pads are then wrung out with little pressure and washed at a maximum of 30°C/40°C (86°F/104°F) in a washing machine program with plenty of water and low number of revolutions.
In both cases, the pads should be stored on the Velcro side to dry. The high-quality, natural lambskin pads, on the other hand, should be stretched on a disc to prevent the back from deforming.