I picked up a silver-colored (don't know if it's stainless or what) bit with a copper roller. It has "gunk" on it that I'm trying to get off! I've tried using water and my hand, but can't quite get it all. I am not sure what to try using that will remove the stuff, but be safe for horses. Suggestions?
Hmm...I've always just used hot water and soak time to loosen up the hay/grass/spit, then followed up with a toothbrush or something similar (pipe cleaners, bailing twine; anything I can feed through or around joints).
I'll have to remember the denture cleaner tabs for next time!
I soak them in hot water with some Ammonia added. Not alot. Just a quarter cup to a quart of hot water. Let it soak for half an hour or until the water is cold. Never had this fail. Then I spray the bit with clean water and they sparkle like new.
I use one of those green felt-like plastic scrubby pads you can buy cheaply by the packet for scrubbing pots and pans. Like a Brillo pad, but plastic rather than metal. That and some clean water is all it takes for bit crusties.
No, no, no. I apologize for maybe reviving an outdated thread, but this is Just Too Important. And gee by the way this whole board has changed while I've been gone but looks good.
How to clean a gunky bit:
1. Place bit in bowl
2. Pour in a bottle of Coca Cola Classic.
3. Go do something for 2-3 hours. Like ride a horse, go shopping, whatever.
4. Come back and remove bit. Rinse with water, dump coke. No scrubbing or brushing involved.
Been working for me for decades. Well, okay, I honestly haven't let one get 'that' gunky for decades, but after my Mom observed my technique in the early 70s- well, she has not had a Coke since.