Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cleaning Cork Handles

A couple weekends ago we ended up sitting inside watching the doppler radar for a break in the storms long enough to fish without fear of getting struck by lightning. It turns out we ended up staying home both Saturday and Sunday, so I had plenty of time to mess with my gear. While taking my rods out of the car and putting them on the rod rack for the first time in several months I noticed that several of my rods that had cork handles, were now dark brown rather than beige. So I took a few minutes to see if I could clean them.
I began as I always do when I clean my gear, I grabbed a bowl and filled it with warm water and dawn dish liquid and an old sock.
I then dipped the sock in the soapy water and began cleaning the cork handle in what I would call an "Indian Burn" fashion. Many of you may have experienced an Indian Burn a few times, but for those of you that haven't, it's when someone places both hands on your arm and then clamps down and turns each hand in opposite directions. Below is a picture of the cork handle with the bottom half clean and the top-half untouched.
It turns out that after giving the handle a few good twists with a wet sock the cork looks as good as new, at least for a week or two.

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