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I've tried several different methods and all have seemed to work well. Of those methods, oven cleaner is by far the messiest. My favorite is the LA's Totally Awesome (as seen on TV ) Costs $1....if it was $5, I'd still think it works best.
- 409 (w/brass brush)
- Simple Green (w/brass brush)
- Goo Gone (w/brass brush)
- LA's Totally Awesome (w/brass brush)
- Dawn and warm water (w/brass brush)
- Boeshield BladesnBits (w/brass brush)
- Oven Cleaner (w/brass brush)
Any of the methods hewood mentioned would be fine except for the oven cleaner. Nasty stuff, not very environmentally friendly and could possibly weaken the brazing that hold the tips on the blade.
I find it best not to wait until the pitch is caked on the blade before I clean mine. By cleaning them often, I don't have to use a brass brush to get them to come clean. I use one of those row boat shaped bathtub cleaning brushes with a handle on it. I spray a little Simple Green on the blade, let it sit for a minute then scrub with the brush. Takes me less than 3 minutes to clean both sides.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.