keeping rods on sharp maker clean

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I try to wash ans scrub the rods on my sharp maker after each use. I am useing comet and a scrub brush with warm water. After I finish cleannig; there seems to be metal left on the rods. I have tried soft and rough brissle brushes . Am I expecting too much. Are my results normal ? Am I going about this the right way? Am I cleanning it more than I should ? Any suggestions will be helpfull. The blades I am sharpening are D-2 and a few ausa8
 
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The cleanser is ok. Try using a scotchbright pad instead of the brush. Also for fast cleanup try a simple pink ereaser.
 
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Try Bar Keepers Friend powder cleaner (used for cleaning Stainless Steel, etc) and a scotchbright pad. Also the rust erasers that some knife places sell work well.
 
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I used to use Soft Scrub and a sponge, but I switched to using a Rust Eraser from AG Russell. They both work.
 
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Nothing works better and faster than a steel wool pad (like an SOS or brillo pad), either the kind that has cleanser in it already, or just pour some comet on it. Steel wool works better than all the synthetic pads. Intuitively you'd think the steel wool would just fill the stone up, but it doesn't.
 
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Hi it's my first time posting. Normally I just use a washcloth and some comet to clean my sharpmaker rods. This method seems to work fine for me but I was wondering how it compares to the brillo pads and rust eraser. Anyone try both?
 
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I typically use a heavy paste of Comet and hot water on a terry cloth rag every few sharpenings. This does a good enough job for all practical purposes, but you can still see some metal residue. Not being practical I like to do a better job. Like Wade said, Bar Keepers Friend cleanser works better for getting rid of steel residue (I think it breaks down some of the residue chemically). The ceramic rod grit is less like the free standing grit of sandpaper and more like a porous surface of a sink. When you rub the surface it is hard to get into the pores. It helps to have a mild acid attack the metal. You could also try something like Lime Away or some type of industrial urinal cleaner with phosphoric acid.
 
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