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Offline alexdecker

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Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:56:13 AM »
So… about to clean my harness. Several people have written in here that they just threw it in the dishwasher, and it came out like new.

I can't figure out if people are joking, or if this is the proper way to go about it? I mean… doesn't water come in everywhere? How much drying time?

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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2022, 10:10:52 AM »
Yep, totally recognised way of cleaning looms. Just put it on a hot wash and it'll come up lovely.
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2022, 10:11:25 AM »
Yep, this what I did. Also cleaned the connectors in the ultrasonic and treated them to some contact  cleaner.

If you have a temperature setting, set it at 70degc.

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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2022, 10:44:16 AM »
Well, you learn something everyday!!  :o
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2022, 11:51:46 AM »
let us not forgetting how good Cillit Bang Limescale remover is for cleaning up electrical contacts.
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2022, 12:26:13 PM »
Ultrasonic cleaner @ 70C in a soap solution - came up like new. My only concern might be water trapped within the loom soaking the various internal connections over time - I guess hanging it vertically for a couple of days in an airing cupboard would sort that.

What particularly impressed me was the plugs - which were grubby inside / around the spades - but now like new.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2022, 12:28:19 PM by Lobo »

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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2022, 01:43:33 PM »
Wish I had known about this back in 2007, I spent hours with WD40, rags, small files, and Brillo pads cleaning up every connector on my harness, then annointing them with dielectric grease.
I will know better in future.

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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2022, 05:40:50 PM »
I've done it few times, they come up like new.
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2022, 07:00:46 PM »
even the motherboard of a computer can be washed with water and soap.

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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2022, 07:06:21 AM »
I don't have a dishwasher and i will be damned if i am going to stand at the sink and do it by hand ::)

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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2022, 07:28:41 AM »
Dishwasher….middle class labour saving device. We have to wash clothes with a dolly peg in’t stagnant pond….


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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2022, 08:30:01 AM »
If you do use the dishwasher make sure you run a cleaning cycle afterwards and before the o/h gets home!
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2022, 10:10:22 AM »
Dishwasher….middle class labour saving device. We have to wash clothes with a dolly peg in’t stagnant pond….
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2022, 10:57:47 AM »
Last time I cleaned an original loom (CB500K0) in my dishwasher, the connector covers became very opaque (as image)...water temperature or dishwasher tablet could be the problem? 
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Re: Do you really throw your harness in the dishwasher?
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2022, 12:48:59 PM »
I have a brand new dishwasher sat in the shed that's been there since 1989, I kid you not. Intended to be used when kitchen was refitted but space was tight so we didn't bother. I was going to bin it or even offer it to the local TV company in case they wanted a period dishwasher for a TV show but I may just keep it and use it in the garage.

I have no idea what make it is and only bought it because I was working for Comet one night and when I got back to the depot they were having a sale of all the slightly damaged in transit goods and the dishwasher was dirt cheap.
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