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Cleaning arcade tokens???
« on: March 18, 2003, 12:40:37 pm »
Anybody out there know how I could batch clean a bucket of arcade tokens? I hate the thought of doing them one by one!!!!!

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2003, 01:18:55 pm »
You could try the old "clean a penny" trick:

Buy a few 2 liters of Coke, then pour them over the tokens. Let it sit over night, then rinse with water.

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2003, 01:30:21 pm »
Might wanna test it with just a few first in case you come back in the morning to a bucket full of goop. ;)

Coke will eat pretty much anything. Tokens are plastic aren't they? Never seen 'em meself!
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2003, 02:15:43 pm »
I think most tokens are aluminum. I've never seen plastic ones.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2003, 05:36:59 pm »
You could try hot sauce or tabasco.  It works for pennies.  ;)

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2003, 05:38:13 pm »
You might also try some kitchen products.  I seem to recall using water, lemon juice, and salt in a bottle (possibly that coke bottle, but after you drink the coke).  Put some coins in and shake.  The salt and lemon juice will do the cleaning.  Seems like I recall doing this as a kid with penny's.  I don't recall the amounts of lemon juice and salt to add, or how it will affect tokens, so you might need to experiment if you want to try this way.

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2003, 06:02:50 pm »
I would just try some ordinary liquid jewelry cleaner.  You know the stuff that comes in a little plastic jar with a tiny brush in it for cleaning necklaces, bracelets, etc.  I'll bet it would work great.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2003, 08:16:12 pm »
Lemon juice and tobasco sauce and coke are all household acids.  They are also all sticky when they dry if you don't rinse them well.  

White vinegar is also an acid, and will clean the goo off of most anything.   There isn't much sugar left in vinegar so it isn't quite as sticky.

Whatever you use rinse it off well.  I'd vote for vinegar.

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2003, 08:36:23 pm »
I remember seeing this hotel in San Fransisco where they would clean your pocket change every night using detergent, water and ball bearings in a tumbler.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2003, 10:43:37 pm »
I remember seeing this hotel in San Fransisco where they would clean your pocket change every night using detergent, water and ball bearings in a tumbler.

That's it!  Take your tokens to that hotel!  :)

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2003, 11:24:42 pm »
Tokens are usually made of Brass, and most of the commonly used cuboard or refrigerator ingredients contain a natural acid, such as vinegar, Tobasco Sauce, ketchup, tomatoes, milk, and lemon or lime juice, all of them will remove tarnish from Brass. The tarnish washes away with an acid rub or soak. You might have to remove the lacquer cover if the brass is new. Do this by submerging the brass in boiling water with a few teaspoons each baking soda and washing soda (available in the laundry section of the supermarket). Once the lacquer has peeled off, polish dry, then you can do an acid soak or rub.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2003, 06:54:40 am »
Don't know if you guys in the states have heard of brasso, it will clean your tokens up nicely, the other thing I can recomend is the stuff you clean the beer lines at the local pub with, a girl at work was using it to hand clean beer glasses the other day and commented she had never seen he engagement ring look so shiny.

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2003, 07:28:09 am »
I have the answer... GOSOLINE the real universal solvant. Or maybe not, your choice.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2003, 03:07:06 pm »
Ok, It is a lot eiser than you think. Whenever I leave change in my pants when I do wash, it comes out sparkling clean. Depending on how many coins you have, put them into a pillow case or wrap them in a bedsheet and tie off the end. Just put it in a whites and colors wash cycle (with detergent), and they should come out fine.    Use the dryer arfterwords for best results.

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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2003, 03:14:51 pm »
Ok, It is a lot eiser than you think. Whenever I leave change in my pants when I do wash, it comes out sparkling clean. Depending on how many coins you have, put them into a pillow case or wrap them in a bedsheet and tie off the end. Just put it in a whites and colors wash cycle (with detergent), and they should come out fine.    Use the dryer arfterwords for best results.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2003, 04:20:35 pm »
Ok, It is a lot eiser than you think. Whenever I leave change in my pants when I do wash, it comes out sparkling clean. Depending on how many coins you have, put them into a pillow case or wrap them in a bedsheet and tie off the end. Just put it in a whites and colors wash cycle (with detergent), and they should come out fine.    Use the dryer arfterwords for best results.
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Yeah, that sounds like it might become slightly troblesome.
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Re:Cleaning arcade tokens???
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2003, 06:00:41 pm »
Ok, It is a lot eiser than you think. Whenever I leave change in my pants when I do wash, it comes out sparkling clean. Depending on how many coins you have, put them into a pillow case or wrap them in a bedsheet and tie off the end. Just put it in a whites and colors wash cycle (with detergent), and they should come out fine.    Use the dryer arfterwords for best results.
Don't forget the ear plugs! Whoa!

Yeah, that sounds like it might become slightly troblesome.

well unless you have one of those "shelves" you can put in the dryer that prohibits rotating.. sort of like to dry shoes or etc..