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New Cuber [Mar. 18th, 2007|01:37 pm]
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[therealkatie]
I just got into cubing a couple weeks ago. I use the layer-by-layer method. Average time is a little over 3 minutes. -blush-

My question is about cube maintenance. What is the best way to clean your cube without damaging it, especially down between the grooves? Also, just a few minutes ago I turned one of the faces and it started making a different sound, like gears or springs rubbing together and the face now turns with a little more resistance than before. What is this? How can I fix it?

Any other cube maintenance advice is appreciated. :D
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[User Picture]From: nytelyte
2007-03-18 08:00 pm (UTC)
If your cube is a Rubik's brand 3x3x3... then there is nothing you can really do to mess with the internal mechanism. The new noise, I'm not quite sure what it is, unfortunately, however...

What are you trying to clean off of your cube? If it's the black dust that begins to form on the inside between the cubies, I always liked to keep that there. It seems to make the cube turn smoother.

As for the 3 minute average, for people who don't know any better... solving it at all is VERY impressive. Keep working at it, with the layer-by-layer method you should be able to get it down to just under a minute. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: therealkatie
2007-03-18 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, my cube is a Rubik's 3x3x3 (sorry I didn't clarify at first).

I'm a bit of a germophobe, and I let other people touch and play with my cube. When I said 'clean' I really mean 'disinfect', not that there's actually gunk building up between the cubies. (However, if there was any gunk, I would want it gone.)

Would periodically wiping the cube down with a disinfecting cloth (like one of those Clorox wipes) compromise the integrity of the stickers? What about taking the cube apart every once in awhile to clean the 'innards'?

Thanks for your help. I am very full of questions. I will probably be posting pretty often. :D
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[User Picture]From: nytelyte
2007-03-18 10:31 pm (UTC)
The stickers will fall off eventually anyway. Especially the rubik's ones. They are horrible.

Best option I would suggest for you is keep on doing what you do, and order a bunch of stickers from cubesmith.com. His prices are VERY reasonable and I'm very happy with my products from him. Right now it says his plotter is down but he should be back up and running soon.

By "keep on doing what you do", I was referring to the disinfecting cloth. Once you buy quite a few sticker sets... it won't matter so much. I'd assume the cubesmith stickers would handle up to the cloth but not sure about the Rubik's stickers. It may cause them to peel faster.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-02-18 03:44 am (UTC)

Cleaning Your Cube

Okay, what I usually do is take it apart - every single piece - and get a paper-towel and scrape the dirt out. Then I put it back together EXCEPT for the top-layer, then smother the inside of the top layer with vasoline. After that, I put the top back on and take off the bottom of the cube and fill that with Vasoline. The cube runs so smooth it's like a dream. Ever seen on the videos where the guys can turn the cube with just one finger in a second? That's vasoline for ya.
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[User Picture]From: infinitymaster
2008-06-18 12:53 am (UTC)

While disturbing...

While slightly disturbing to your heart and mind, taking apart the cube or letting it sit in water is your best bet. For the most part, the stickers are water resistant, but if you don't want to risk it you can simply take apart the cube and wipe the whole thing down with a damp cloth. However putting it back together is the hard part.
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