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P4dstar

My pole has recently started covering my hands in carbon. It doesn't wash off, I tried a nail brush but it didn't shift it. Has anyone got any tips for getting them clean?

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Nudel

Spray your pole with clear lacquer or use gloves.

 

Enjoy having manly hands that makes it obvious you've actually done a good days work. It'll normally rub of during the weekend, just give it some time.

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Part Timer
57 minutes ago, P4dstar said:

My pole has recently started covering my hands in carbon. It doesn't wash off, I tried a nail brush but it didn't shift it. Has anyone got any tips for getting them clean?

Pussy juice works well 😀 In your circumstances it's probably best to use barrier cream

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Suhrly
35 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

Pussy juice works well 😀 

 

Well now we all know what the first thing @Part Timer does when he get's in from work 😂👍

 

@P4dstar wear gloves dude. I use those cheap Argon style ones from Home Bargains...£1 a pair or something. Nice and thin and also have a good grip on them.

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Part Timer
30 minutes ago, Suhrly said:

Well now we all know what the first thing @Part Timer does when he get's in from work 😂 👍

Prefer to walk the dog then go on the drink to be honest. When you get as old as me and @Den, him with the dodgy shoulder, neck, hip, knee, ankle and little pinky, dirty hands are the least of our problems. 

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Moor

Prevention is always better than a cure, gloves are the best option. However there are a few times I have forgotten mine and have found swarfega works, it’s not 100% but does a better job than just soap.

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P4dstar
21 hours ago, Part Timer said:

Pussy juice works well 😀 In your circumstances it's probably best to use barrier cream

Don't worry i'll pop round and ask your wife to help 😂

 

22 hours ago, Nudel said:

Spray your pole with clear lacquer or use gloves.

 

Enjoy having manly hands that makes it obvious you've actually done a good days work. It'll normally rub of during the weekend, just give it some time.

No feeling the gloves idea to be honest man. I use them when its cold but I can't be doing with them every day. Its always been there but its got much much worse since I started servicing the pole regularly

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Part Timer
14 minutes ago, P4dstar said:

Don't worry i'll pop round and ask your wife to help 😂

 

Ha ha she'd eat you alive. 

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

This is such a simple fix.  Hire someone else and let their hands get dirty instead!  😀

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Alex Gardiner

When using any pure carbon pole they will eventually produce carbon dust – usually not for at least 6 or more months.

Why does this happen? The main production of carbon dust is not from the clamps or the clamping points, despite common misconceptions. The main area of carbon wear is on the inside of each section particularly from the friction between the overlap area at the base of each section as it slides up and down inside the tube. The accumulation of dirt and grit is trapped between the layers and then works like sandpaper on the inside of each section abrading the tube constantly in use.

Why do some carbon pole users experience black hands and other do not? A lot of this issue can be due to environmental factors. Some window cleaner’s work rounds are in less dirty, gritty or sandy environments and so their poles do not pick up the same amount of abrasive dirt. Also, some users naturally clean their pole hose, pole and sections as a matter of course and so do not notice such issues.

How can premature wear be stopped? The best method is to prevent the wear happening in the first place. Whilst it is not possible to stop all such wear the start of this process can be dramatically affected by a careful cleaning and maintenance schedule. Some clients have very little issue with carbon dust production and carbon wear and the main reason is that they keep the pole very clean inside and out from new and they take preventive measure such as using dry-film PTFE spray on overlap areas.  Another point to note is that most of the dirt that gets up inside the pole is brought up on the pole hose. So, a valuable practice is to wipe the pole hose as it is coiled up at the end of each job.

As suggested in our pole user guide, fully clean the pole out at least once a week. A simple way to do this is to fully flush the pole through with water from a tap ensuring that water is directed up from the base and flushes between all sections. This should also be done immediately after working in sandy or gritty areas. Then for extra protection the sections can be slid apart, dried off and a thin spray of PTFE spray applied over the main overlap areas. Treated like this from new will dramatically slow down the start of black carbon dust being produced.

When doing this always check that both wraps of overlap tape are in position and in good condition – do not under estimate the effect that these two simple wraps of tape will have on wear. If they are worn or missing replace immediately with fresh tape.

Always keep the clamps adjusted up tightly enough – although clamp wear on the sections will not produce a large amount in the way of wear or dust, if they are kept correctly adjusted it will stop any movement in use which will again cut down on potential wear points or carbon dust production.

Once wear has started what can I do? The same cleaning and protection schedule should be followed as above. Flush, take apart, dry and spray with PTFE spray. If this is done more often as the pole ages, then this will reduce the carbon wear that occurs. Some clients make it a practise to flush the pole section out with water at the end of each day as the pole gets older to better prolong the pole life.


How do I completely avoid getting black hands? The easiest way of controlling this is to wear gloves whilst working. I have worked with carbon fibre poles now for about 15 years and have always worked with some kind of hand protection as a matter of course; the benefit of this is that I never get 'black' hands. Wearing gloves of some sort can form part of a good Method and H&S statement for any contractor as it also protects against contaminants that the hose picks up. When the weather isn’t cold, I wear a pair of disposable Nitrile gloves this also means that I can peel them off and eat my lunch or conduct business with clients with completely clean and hygienic hands.

This allows me to be less methodical about my cleaning and maintenance program and still not have to think about black hands.

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