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I have a metro that I use on a daily basis and because of that the body and the cap was full of grease. I made a light dish soap solution, I put the body and the cap in there for 12 mins and then I took them out and rinsed them. Was that a good decision?

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Detergents in a bath of water do not all that effectively remove grease from object surfaces, in the absence of scrubbing and/or agitation.

 

However, if you're asking whether soaking parts of your Pilot MR pen for 12 minutes would damage either the integrity or the finish of the objects, the answer is no.

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3 hours ago, Asteris said:

I have a metro that I use on a daily basis and because of that the body and the cap was full of grease. I made a light dish soap solution, I put the body and the cap in there for 12 mins and then I took them out and rinsed them. Was that a good decision?

 

What sort of grease is on or in the pen?

 

 

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50 minutes ago, awa54 said:

 

What sort of grease is on or in the pen?

 

 

Grease from hand fat. You know, when you hold something again and again?

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6 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

Detergents in a bath of water do not all that effectively remove grease from object surfaces, in the absence of scrubbing and/or agitation.

 

However, if you're asking whether soaking parts of your Pilot MR pen for 12 minutes would damage either the integrity or the finish of the objects, the answer is no.

Thanks for the answer, I was worried. Would you recommend light scrubbing with a sponge?

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5 minutes ago, Asteris said:

Would you recommend light scrubbing with a sponge?

 

I don't do that myself, but I don't have an opinion or recommendation as to whether you should or shouldn't.

 

A directed jet of water that has a small amount of detergent dissolved in it will probably provide a lot of agitation while still being gentle on the object's finish. You can produce that with a (bulb or cylindrical) syringe, just sucking up some of the dish soap solution from the bowl or beaker, then flushing the exterior of the pen body or even inside the cavity of the cap or barrel with the jet. I have old vibrating toothbrushes that have a built-in battery and soft bristles, for difficult jobs involving uneven surfaces (such as grooves and sunk-relief markings). Generally speaking, if it's hand grease, I'd probably just wash my hands with hand soap (or dish soap) and rub the contact surfaces on the pen with my hand, then flush the parts clean under the tap. There isn't a whole lot to damage on a Pilot MR cleaning it that way, as long as it doesn't slip out of your hand and land in the basin or worse, the floor.

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct, and valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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