Best chamois squeegee: how to choose?

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Choose a suede squeegee that dries effectively without damaging the material. Look for a balanced tension adjustment feature and durable, rust-resistant materials like stainless steel or zinc-coated steel. Avoid over-drying suede and clean the chamois with regular or non-alkaline soap. Consult auto mechanics or car washers for recommendations.

When shopping for a suede squeegee, it’s important to select one that will dry suede effectively but not aggressively. Manufacturers advise gently wringing before using and after cleaning a chamois, as excessive wringing can cause breakage and reduce the durability of the chamois. To ensure well-regulated pressure, look for a wringer that has a balanced tension adjustment feature and tempered steel springs. These regulate the force and movement of the squeegee, making the drying operation more effective.

To maintain a quality chamois, look for a squeegee made of durable, smooth, and rust-resistant materials. Two recommended metals are stainless steel and zinc-coated steel. These are rust proof, easy to use and safe to store. If part of the drainer is made of wood, the wood should be resistant to rot and minimally expansive, if at all. A safe and durable option is maple wood.

In addition to purchasing a drain rack with quality materials, it is important to find one that is easy to operate. To ensure a smooth, non-abrasive drying operation, it is best to purchase a chamois squeegee that rotates smoothly. Because better quality drainers tend to be heavy, a wall-mounted drainer can be difficult to install and may not collect excess water. By contrast, a high-quality drain rack that is designed to mount to a ladle is easy to relocate and creates less mess.

Suede is typically made with natural oils that protect the moisture content and flexibility of the suede. As suede is naturally moist, it is not advisable to over-dry it; doing so can cause stiffness and cracks. To avoid this, look for a chamois squeegee that is effective on first use. Even if the suede is more than slightly damp after the first spin, a second spin through a suede wringer can cause tears. If the squeegee becomes less effective over time, having its springs and tension adjustment feature tightened can return it to proper working condition.

When cleaning a chamois, manufacturers recommend using regular bar soap or non-alkaline soap in warm water. After lathering and rinsing, the chamois should be gently squeezed by hand. This process must be repeated twice. The chamois can be passed through a wringer or stretched by hand and hung to dry away from intense heat and light.

Chamois material is commonly used to clean cars. So consulting an auto mechanic or car washer about chamois wringers can help narrow down the good options. Also, companies that sell auto accessories are more likely to sell effective suede squeezers than the average multi-purpose store.

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