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Spinning with Turkish Spindles: Singles to Plying

My second Fiber Arts related course through FiberyGoodness. This self paced course can be started at any time, and has three sections: S...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Earlier I saw a post that made my heart race at the mention of using Clorox wipes on spindles. I thought I’d share some tips on cleaning your wooden spindles. The first thing to keep in mind is that most quality spindle makers use oil finishes. If you look up Clorox wipes and wood it mentions that you shouldn’t use them on untreated/porous wood as it can cause discoloration. While these wipes are ok on wooden surfaces like ones coated in polyurethane they are not ok for spindles that have been treated with oil finishes or wax. So what should you use to clean your spindles? I like to get to know my spindle makers and what they recommend for taking care of their spindles. Some makers will include information with their spindles or have a page about it on their website. Once I ended up with dye on the shaft of one of my Jenkins. I was so disheartened by this and reached out to Wanda Jenkins to see if she had any recommendations. She mentioned that lathering on wood wax like Woodbeams and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping it off with a soft cloth can help remove the dye from the wood. Another time I wanted to spin in the grease on one of my Jenkins but I was worried about how to clean the spindle so again I reached out. She recommended a 50/50 mixture of lemon juice and olive oil to cut the grease. Apply and leave for 5-10 min before wiping it off with a soft cloth. Both instances worked like a charm! I also like to give my spindles what I can a Spa Day, same goes for my wheels. About twice a year, once at the beginning of the year and around June I like to get all my spindles and wooden wheels out, dust them, and give them a good coating of Woodbeams. Let sit for 10 minutes and then buff it with a soft cloth. This helps keep the wood in peak condition. Photos are of one of my Spindle Spa Days. #spindlespaday #spindlecare #woodenspindles #dropspindle #supportspindle #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #woodbeams #fibertools #spindlespinning #spindlersofinstagram

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