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Barry Churchill
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Hi

My lost cities cards through endless plays have become irritatingly sticky and are a nightmare to shuffle and deal.

They have a shiny coating so was wondering what is the best method to clean them?

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Sleeve them. Or buy a new copy. Or both.
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Spray them into a airtight plastic bag. Chase with several generous tables spoons of talcum powder or corn starch. shake them, tumble them. Dump the out onto a towels, brush them off with a soft brush or a plush cloth. Gently wipe any tough spots with a slightly (slightly!) damp sponge, after all the powder is gone from the rest of the card. If you have to sponge wipe away from the edge or don't touch the edges at all. Use cloth to suck up any moisture asap.

This is tedious, but the powder will wick up oils and gum up and abrade away any sticky crap. If you're lucky and careful!

Be nicer to those cards
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never done it myself so take this as a guess. I'd probably try some type of alcohol based cleaning solution so it evaporates away, using a very little amount of it applied with a microfiber cloth, like for glasses. Maybe before that try some art craft erasers, though don't scrub with them and too much force as that would probably destroy the card.

try googling how to clean magic cards, if theres anyone to care about cleaning cards its gotta be them
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FWIW web search for

how to clean playing cards

gives a lot of pages with pretty plausible sounding ideas.
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Thunkd wrote:
Sleeve them. Or buy a new copy. Or both.
I've cleaned a deck of cards. It's time consuming and super annoying. Tossing them into sleeves is a much better option.

Pete (knows some people are allergic to card sleeves, but this is the best use for them)
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Thunkd wrote:
Sleeve them. Or buy a new copy. Or both.


But then what do you do with your old, newly-sleeved copy?
 
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I used dryer sheets to clean my Lost Cities cards. It worked very well. They now shuffle great again.
 
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mafman6 wrote:
try googling how to clean magic cards, if theres anyone to care about cleaning cards its gotta be them


Magic cards, like for magic tricks? Magicians use zinc stearate/fanning powder to clean & rejuvenate decks.
 
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falsedan wrote:
mafman6 wrote:
try googling how to clean magic cards, if theres anyone to care about cleaning cards its gotta be them


Magic cards, like for magic tricks? Magicians use zinc stearate/fanning powder to clean & rejuvenate decks.


Magic cards, like Magic the Gathering cards.
 
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Really depends on the card coating. Also depends on how they are printed. (I have no idea about the card type for lost cities).

Plastic and plastic coated are super easy to clean, some diluted detergent soaked onto paper towel and then you just wipe off the cards.

However this will destroy any sort of cardboard card especially the cheaper card stock options.

I do tend to find if applied gently it also works on high quality cards like linen finish (High GSM cards). (Just ensure you use a damp paper towel not a soaked paper towel)

PS> I too agree it's a last option, as I'll generally just throw cards into sleaves if they experience a lot of wear and tear from use. It's much easier to clean sleaves or simply replace them as they get dirty over time, than try to clean and not damage the cards (some stains and obviously tears there is nothing you can do about them).
 
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Bazmondo123 wrote:
Hi

My lost cities cards through endless plays have become irritatingly sticky and are a nightmare to shuffle and deal.

They have a shiny coating so was wondering what is the best method to clean them?

Cheers
Baz


How much are you looking to spend on supplies and how much time are you going to spend cleaning that $15 game?
 
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Thanks guys for some great suggestions with the exception to maybe 'Thunkd' response who didn't really read/answer the question I asked.

If I wanted to sleeve the cards I would have done that, personally I hate sleeve cards and will just replace a game when the cards become worn out especially when the game is only £15 quid.

The cards are fine just a bit sticky, probably from the sticky little fingers of my 12 year old kid, so probably just need a wipe with a damp cloth which I am going to do now.

The reason I asked the question was that I was checking to find out if there were any good tips/magic way to clean them, i.e. had talc, vinegar, detergent, or whatever before I tried. Which I have got from MOST of the replies here.

Thanks again
Baz
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I found out many years ago that young children and games do not mix.
But non fragrance baby wipes are perfect . Clean ,not too damp,safe and have remarkable degreasing qualities.
First used in 2001 to mop up yogurt from panzerblitz map board with chits on , never looked back since.
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plezercruz wrote:
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I haven't tried that method for cleaning cards yet. I'll try it tonight and report back.
 
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Yep worked perfectly!!

To think I had the solution here all along!!


 
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GitFeatures wrote:
I found out many years ago that young children and games do not mix.


Which is why I typically do sleeve the games that my I know my kids are going to be playing often. From time to time I may spend upwards of $6 to sleeve a $20 game, but it really helps especially when they don't know how to do a proper riffle shuffle.

It also has taught them to appreciate the games and they themselves have become etiquette police when introducing some of our table top games to their friends.
 
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I ran into the same issue with my well-loved old copy of RoboRally. I simply threw them all into sleeves. Problem solved.
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plezercruz wrote:
Thunkd wrote:
Sleeve them. Or buy a new copy. Or both.
I've cleaned a deck of cards. It's time consuming and super annoying. Tossing them into sleeves is a much better option.

Pete (knows some people are allergic to card sleeves, but this is the best use for them)


I converted to the Church of Sleeves about 3 weeks ago. Was playing my copy of Cave Evil: Warcults with friends and didn't have it sleeved. Someone ordered pizza and I started noticing grease prints on my cards. It's now sleeved. I'm already planning to sleeve my copies of Shadows of Brimstone, Yokohama: Deluxe, and Lisboa, amongst others.
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