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Post  dick benbow on Tue May 28, 2013 6:41 pm

Every time i hear a new way to get rid of the white stains from fertilizer, I give it a try. My latest was with the product CLR. I followed directions and mixed it 50-50% with water. I soaked a glazed pot for two minutes as directed, and slipped into clean water for a rinse. dried with a towel it came out pretty good. Worst example was unglazed pot. I ran it thru twice. Knocked it back a bit but not up to my likeing. I'm now allowing it to soak for an extended time.
Am I wasting my time trying to get rid of this "scale" or is there a tried and true way?

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Post  stonener on Thu May 30, 2013 1:37 am

OK I'LL SHARE!... Basketball
When it was time to clean my not glazed pot for competition.
I used several toilet or sink cleaning sticks of pumice I bought at home depot, cheap.
Wet the pot and scrubbed the hell out of it! harder longer on the heaver white areas.
rising as I went along, going over the still white area's around rims several times, not easy!
The pumice quickly takes the shape of borders, lips and feet areas.
Dried the pot off! and some lite clouding here and there could still be seen,
after four hours of scrubbing. So brushed it with pure walnut oil and rubbed it down dry.
no do not leave oil on it, no more is not better, make sure to rub it dry as possible.
with a lint free rag or cloth, I used those blue surgical towels used in hospitals. don't ask!
did I remove old patina? no!, did it scratch the pot? no!... cyclops
Did it come out nice? yes!, would I do it again? yes! recommend it? yes!
If you have a not glazed, smooth type quality clay pot! works well! or I would not say so!
This was a high fired Tokoname antique pot, yes I was worried I would ruin it!
but I can tell you now it came out looking great! Found this method in a old note book,
filled with class instructions notes from my Sensei Naka-san dated 07-17-1970
"How to clean off lime on pots"... Basketball
stonener
*tried & true*


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Re: pot cleaning

Post  dick benbow on Thu May 30, 2013 5:18 am

thanks for sharing Smile

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Pot Cleaning

Post  T GEORGE on Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:07 am

Thanks for the info

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Post  yamasuri on Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:56 am

Thanks stonener...will give try

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Post  Jkd2572 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:03 pm

Have you never used one of these??? They work like a champ on unglazed pots. I have all three coarseness options. You gotta try them. You might find them cheaper. Somewhere else. I just wanted to show you what I was talking about. Also great for cleaning rust off tools.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bonsai-tree-Tools-Cleaning-Block-Kit-/370758098600?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5652e79ea8

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:58 pm

hi Stoner,
do you think it was the combination of the pumice scrub and walnut oil that worked so well ? i end up getting new trees in with stained pots but luckily our water here is so soft that it doesnt happen to the pots that sit on the benches for long.

when i was running aquariums if conditions were set (or changed) from alkaline to neutral/acid the deposits totally dissolved and disappeared. Anyone tried an acidic solution?

cheers Marcus

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Post  Lost2301 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:17 am

Try using WD40 on the scale before scrubbing, it softens the scale up pretty good. Takes about 10-15 minutes. I use WD40 on my swamp cooler parts to loosen up heavy duty scale. I can then just scrap it off, with out using it, the scale is like cement and nothing worked.

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