We're often asked how to wash pads and how to keep them in tip top condition.
The first thing you'll need is a bucket of water. The purpose of this is to saturate the pad and to keep it moist/hydrated. We've noticed that if you attempt to wash the pads without this step and leave them out to dry prior to cleaning, the compounds or polishes cake into the foam/microfibre and despite washing, this does not come out easily. The best way to prevent this is to ensure the pad is constantly kept in water after use (and before a clean).
Following this once you are ready to clean the pad, whip out an old toothbrush with some All Purpose Cleaner (APC) and scrub the pad surface. This will dislodge the the compound/polish entrenched in the pad. Finally, using the same toothbrush, saturate the pad under a tap/garden hose and scrub it thoroughly.
Finally, use a microfibre towel like a 300gsm all purpose microfibre to dry the pad as much as you can and to extract any residual oils. Then air dry. Make sure you leave it facing up to air dry. It should take between a day to 2 to air dry. Following which, pop the pad into a ziploc bag or the like to make sure it is kept clean and free from dust.
Voila, there you have! The simplest and most effective way to keep your pads clean. For an even more effective method of cleaning, after the agitation phase with the toothbrush, pop the pads into a washing machine with liquid detergent to wash. Make sure the cycle if not on a hot wash and let it run for no more than 20 minutes. Then repeat the drying steps. This will ensure your pads do not degrade prematurely.