Cleaning forged irons

I'd be careful with the bronze bristle brushes. You don't want to scratch the head at all and then allow the rust to set in. Better off with just the nylon bristles and not the metal, bronze or even stainless steel that are on some now.

Great tip Cathy!!  I never thought about not dipping the whole club in the water while cleaning them.  I guess I have used my irons in the past for helping get playing partners balls out of water as well and will have to discontinue that practice.  Better late than never to start a great habit. 

I agree with you Tom about using metal or stainless bristle brushes to clean golf clubs, but I've used the bronze bristle brushes on my clubs for probably 20 years now, and haven't had one to rust yet. I don't scrub hard with the bronze brush, but I do use it for stubborn spots. 

LISTEN TO HER, SHE'S ON IT !!!

I carry a wet and dry towel when I play. I clean them between shots. damn OCD!

I'm like Stephen M.  I clean my irons after every shot, wiping the club down with a damp towel (regular golf towel or microfiber, both work well) before putting it back in the bag.  If there is dirt in the grooves that doesn't want to come out, I'll occasionally use a tee to run the grooves, since I don't normally carry a brush with me.  That loosens the dirt and allows it to be gently blown out or removed with the damp towel.

What I've found to be the best cleaner is called Bar Keepers Friend 

it is a cookware cleanser and polish. It cleans up the club face really well

It did a lot better than simple green. It comes in powder form like Ajax just put some

on a non abrasive pad with water. You'll be amazed

Cathi, 

would you discourage the use of bleach. in the past i have always uses a small amount of bleach in the water bucket. I like using this because when the water. i wipe it off immediately but i enjoy the thin film it leave on the face. by leaving that film i get a lot of ball marks letting me know where im contacting the face. by the way i am using mb's

simba

Wow - makes sense.  Thanks, Cathi!

Stephen M

I carry a wet and dry towel when I play. I clean them between shots. damn OCD!

I do the same thing and have played 10+ rounds with my new 714 AP2's and they still look almost brand new.

I like most TEAMERS use dish detergent to clean up my clubs after a but one thing I will suggest to everyone. They're called Dbrush they come in a three pack $6.95 @golf galaxy .. Dicks. They are the size of a quarter but have bristles on them, small enough to keep in your pocket. ,I also use it as an ball mark. Great for right after your shot, just hit the club face a couple of times before you put the club back in the bag.keeps the grooves dirt free..

John L

Cathi, 

would you discourage the use of bleach. in the past i have always uses a small amount of bleach in the water bucket. I like using this because when the water. i wipe it off immediately but i enjoy the thin film it leave on the face. by leaving that film i get a lot of ball marks letting me know where im contacting the face. by the way i am using mb's

simba

 
Hi Simba,  I posed your question to our repairs team and yes, they would discourage the use of bleach as it could stain it.

I have made the mistake of washing my AP2s in hot water several times over the past several years, usually during the winter months when I am bored with no golfing here in the Midwest. 

Last summer the head flew off of my 6 iron, which was disturbing as my irons were all "pured" right after purchase.  It was reglued by a professional, and is being used with no bad effects.

After reading the other postings it makes perfect sense why this happened.  I am alarmed that the glue on all the other heads is vulnerable, and I will now have all of my irons reglued due to the washing in hot water.

Are there any other TT members with this predicament ?

Rod

I always wipe the club face with a damp end of my towel and clean the grooves with a soft brush after a shot. My Dad told me 60 years ago about not soaking the club hosel in hot water or a bucket. Good advice then and now.

Never clean your clubs with the metal part of the brush. It will make it wear off since forged clubs are softer and easier to scratch, but forge clubs do feel better though.