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Old Brotform

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callagain

Old Brotform

I recently purchased 4 old coiled brotforms and am very anxious to give them a go. I chose these particular ones based on their interior smoothness (little or no fiber hairs) but they have been sitting in this antique store/ warehouse for who knows how long and really need some sort of cleaning. I have taken a stiff nylon brush to them (wire brush proved too rough) but I hesitate sticking them in a tub of hot, soapy water for fear of permenently raising the grain/ fibers of the wicker/ rattan. Does anyone have any experience cleaning old brotforms? Any advise??

 Cheers!,

 

Allison 

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Mini Oven

using compressed air, with a straw attachment, also sold in cans. To blast out any fine dirt between the cane, then wash quickly in hot soapy water and dry quickly. I wouldn't soak them. --Mini Oven

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salvy

Out of curiosity, how much did they cost? If you don't mind sharing.

-Sal

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callagain

Sure I'll share - $3.00 ea! :)

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salvy

Man, what a bargain!

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TableBread

$3?!?  Wow.  You did get lucky.  I agree with the air, I would blow it with the same kind of canned air you get for your computer and then quickly wash it.

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Henry

 We always brushed ours out after use; twice a year we ran them through a dishwasher and dried them out in the oven set at a low heat.

I can't say I agree with the dishwasher idea, but that's how we cleaned them.

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callagain

These were in a huge grimey "antique" store and they were indeed filthy - they had many but most were pretty badly compromised. I chose the best four and after agonizing for a month as to how to make these usable I bit the bullet and gave them serious scubbings in HOT soapy water with a stiff nylon brush and then let them dry in the sun. All survived just fine and now they get dusted with rice flour prior to the dough being placed in and get a brisk brushing out after use. I have two round ones and two oblong and all are big two pound loaf size. I have a Herbert Birnbaum with a carved wood base which I love and is actually more the size I prefer...maybe one day I will obtain another and I'l be a happy chappy.