Well I think what happened to mine was one of 2 things. Either I sucked too hard on the dry hits and primed that carto into flooding itself stupid OR when refilling when I tilted the carto to put some juice in it I tilted it too far and ended up having the juice already in there go into the carto, wick hole and just overloaded it. The spinning worked for me to get all that extra juice out of there and save the carto (I only have a couple of those so I"m trying to be careful till payday) and when I started over like the first fill it worked like a charm.
Hi Harmony! I use SD's method. I toss them in some hot water and change it out several times a day....for a couple of days. I give them a good final rinsing, then thermometer shake (my taryn spinner is still in a box somewhere) and let them dry in the sun. It's very dry here in Colorado so they are completely dry within a couple of hours.
That's pretty much it. Oh, I forgot....I sometimes let them soak overnight in vodka (but only if I've used some juice that I think may not get cleaned with just water)....then rinse them again thoroughly.
Ah, ok. Lol. I can only say what works for me. Sorry. Do you use them after you perceive them to be dry? I mean like right away? Maybe they aren't dry all the way? That would cause them to not work properly. Although if you set them aside for a couple days before using them then I can't imagine them staying wet that long.
I use SD's method as well, with some tweaking. I do the soak in boiling water for a couple days sometimes week(s). I randomly change the water out and rinse the cartos evey time. When I finally get around to finishing the clean I turkey baste them out with 3 run throughs of boiling water. Then I put them upside down on a paper towel and let them sit for a week+ to dry out. It works for me and like I said, the cartos are useable although not as great as a brand new carto.
Yup, the only difference for me is the boiling water, pretty much. I never use them right away either. And, when I boiled mine a couple of times, I didn't really notice that much difference than not boiling them. But, maybe that would "poof" up the polyfil more? Hmmm. And, I do use the turkey baster sometimes (I forgot that step). I think that's what makes the biggest difference. But I need to get a different turkey baster. LOL I have a heck of a time getting the rubber thing on the plastic tube thingie (that's "technical talk", BTW ). LOL
Hey thanks for sharing your technique Harmony! I so much appreciate it.
A couple of weeks ago I tried a 'shortcut' method to try and extend the life of some glugged up WOW Cafe Mocha carts......I put a coffee cup with 3 inches of water in the microwave and brought it to a boil......then I dropped the used cart in and sluiced it around a bit with some tongs and let it sit for two minutes.
I "rinsed and repeated" for three cycles, and whammo - the batting looked brand new, and I'm right now sucking on my fifth refill on that first recycled cart. I did set 'em out in the sun for half a day to dry out first (we've been close to 110 here in the desert, with humidity below 10 percent)
Oh - I did also ram a pipecleaner through the inner tube (after the soaking process)....................Right after the final soak and sluice, I gave 'em a good whiff with the canned air.
Dang, I'm proud of myself.
Last edited by Batavia; 07-29-2012 at 08:36 PM.
Another thing I thought of though. After I push water through with the turkey baster I give it several squeezes to get all the excess water out. Maybe that makes a difference? Maybe that helps with the poofiness?
I am kinda surprised that the pipe cleaner part doesnt end up messing up the wick tube. Every time I've poked around in there I tear a hole in or dislodge em..
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