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Discussion: Cleaning Club Si Card Inventory

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Nov 24, 2023 2:52 PM # 
Reaching out for best practices in keeping the club inventory of Si cards clean and hygienic.

We have over 75 cards, each with the usual elastic finger strap and a wrist lanyard. The removal and replacement of straps and lanyards so they can be laundered is quite time consuming.

Are there any approaches to cleaning that don't require the straps and lanyards to be removed that are not damaging to the cards?
Nov 24, 2023 3:56 PM # 
The SI cards can go through washing machine. No need to remove straps or lanyards. I recommend tying lanyards together in a bundle, then put in a mesh laundry bag. Lay out in sun to dry. I have done this many times.
Alternatively, put everything in a bucket with water and soap and hand wash.
Nov 24, 2023 5:14 PM # 
Soak and hand wash is effective enough.
Florida sun is very good at drying.
Our sticks and cards are washed after every usage.
Nobody, but nobody wants to find themselves renting a smelly SI card.
There is no need to remove straps
Nov 24, 2023 5:48 PM # 
I do a combination of maprunner and gordhun: in a zippered mesh bag (or several, one per storage box of 24 we have), then put all mesh bags in a larger laundry mesh bag with draw string. Fill a tub or bucket with warm water and dish detergent and vigorously swish around the mash bag in the bucket, or for more fun, twist/ the mesh bag drawstring and let untwirl in the water. Best done in white tub or bucket :) cause you can see if water is dirty and needs another rinse. Then swing bag by the drawstring, and you got your "spin cycle", and then hang dry. I string 10 at a time on a skewer and place the skewer on a drying rack. A salad spinner works well, too :) They dry really fast even without Florida sun.
Nov 24, 2023 6:16 PM # 
I love the salad spinner idea, Andrea. :-) And I'm glad to know I can wash my own SI assembly (mainly the elastic & lanyard) without damaging the electronic components.
Nov 24, 2023 6:53 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
I don’t recommend running wrist lanyards through the wash en masse, unless you enjoy untying knots as a hobby or training for CBS’s Survivor.
Nov 24, 2023 8:29 PM # 
I think the dishwasher also works, and has the advantage that things don't move around and get tangled.
Nov 24, 2023 8:51 PM # 
The mesh bags that Mary & Andrea both mentioned above are meant to prevent (or at least minimize) tangling — a fact probably more well known to people who wear (and wash) bras. :-P
Nov 24, 2023 9:19 PM # 
I can attest that when separated into manageable numbers of no more than 2 dozens per mesh bag (smaller mash bags better than huge ones that give the SI cards too much space to mingle and tangle) have worked really well. when I started doing this I took the extra step of using 1 lanyard with card to bundle them in 4 sets of 6, but found that to be totally unnecessary. ☺️@bbrooke
Nov 24, 2023 10:28 PM # 
Thanks, all, for confirmation that the cards can go along for the wash ride with no problems. And for the great ideas.

When I washed our inventory earlier this Fall, I put all the finger straps and lanyards together in a large mesh bag and ran it through a full cycle in a front load washer. There were no problems with tangles.

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