3 Easy Steps to Clean Your Clay Machine (and My Choice of Cleaner)

Pasta MachineThat in there is a clay / pasta machine. 

It’s one of my favorite and most used machine in my mini studio. If you have been claying for a while, I’m pretty sure you know how important it is to have this machine in your work space. Not only does this machine help condition the clays, it is also used to flatten clays into thin sheets with equal thickness.

Having a spine problem that seriously affects my hands + my CTS, I don’t think I can ever clay without my clay machine beside me. And the frequent use and change of clay colors leaves clay residues and particles below the roller rod which is quite hard to clean up if one don’t open up the entire machine. Those residues messes up with the clay we condition especially if we are to use several different colors of clay, without cleaning first, for a project.  

So today I am going to show you the steps on how I tear-up clean my pasta machine, which I have divided into three very simple steps. But before we start, first allow me to show you my favorite clay machine cleaner…

Pasta Machine

Wipe Out Dirt and Stain Remover has been my most used cleaner for most of my clay tools especially when it comes to my pasta machine. I just love it’s versatility, ease of use and most of all ability to take out most hard to remove stains. Do you see those white and blue particles below the roller? That is where most of the clay residues that mixes with the fresh clays that we condition are. 

Now that you know what I use to clean my machine, lets go over the 3 parts of cleaning our clay machine, shall we? 

What you need:
  • Clay / Pasta Machine
  • Wipe Out Dirt & Stain Remover  
  • Screw drivers
  • White cloth (dry)
  • Cutter Blade
1. Prepare to open up your clay machine. 

Clay MachineOkay so when I say prepare, this is actually the part you tear it apart, haha. With the use of your tools, open up your clay machine. You want to start with the bottom part first, remove the screws and when you’re done follow on the side, then slowly remove the side covers leading to the rollers. You actually just have to open up one side (because the other side where the knob to adjust the roller size is just too tough to open) to clean your machine, but if you’re up to wrecking unscrew the entire clay machine you may do so. 

2. Wipe and Clean…

Clay Machine

 You see all those clays that have accumulated from working with just one set of project? Icky, right? I thought so too. Now how I clean my clay machine is first I gently and carefully scrape off those clays with the use of my blade (the clays tend to harden after a while, especially if you were not able to clean your machine immediately). Then I make sure to wipe every thing (and I mean ALL parts of the machine) clean with the use of Wipe Out dirt and stain remover. It’s my secret to keeping my machines looking new and working new every time, even if I’ve had them for years!

3. Close it up!

Clay MachineAfter you have cleaned everything, you’re now ready to put back together and close your clay machine. You want to start putting and aligning the rollers kit. Once you have everything in place, you can attach the right side (clay machine facing you) interior piece/plate in place and screw, followed by the outside piece/plate and again secure with the screw. Do the same with the base kit cover and you’re done!

Pretty easy, eh? Now you have a very clean and brand-new looking clay machine that is ready for your next project! 

How about you, do you have other ways of cleaning your clay machine? What about your choice of cleaning agent? Please do share with me in the comments. I would love to hear more about it.

 

23 comments on “3 Easy Steps to Clean Your Clay Machine (and My Choice of Cleaner)

  1. pk says:

    thanks! Where do you get the cleaner?

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  2. Carolyn Hunt says:

    I just cleaned my machine and I left off not only the guards with the name on them but also the guards below the rollers (where all the clay accumulates). So basically I just have the rollers left. It seems to work OK, I just have to carefully guide the clay off the rollers.

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  3. Susan Beth says:

    Hi What kind of Clay/Pasta Machine do you own?

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  4. We should really make sure that every after use, we should not be lazy to clean them, otherwise, clay machine will not last long enough. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. Oh! Wipeout! I also use that cleaner. 🙂 I love how it’s easy to clean up after applying Wipeout…

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  6. Ayi says:

    I don’t have one but I’m thinking of getting it too 🙂 Will keep this in mind 🙂

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  7. Anne V says:

    I’ve been meaning to get myself a pasta machine, 2 of them. One for pasta and one for clay hehe. It just so happens that I love making fresh pasta from scratch and am into clay (polymer) art as well. This article will help me when I do get them. Bookmarked! Thanks.

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  8. I haven’t encountered a clay machine before but it’s good to know there’s a reliable and concise post about how to clean it.

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  9. Cheanne says:

    I’ve been wanting to get into polymer claying bur haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. Will keep this in mind when I do. 🙂

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  10. Very helpful post! Thanks for sharing! Btw. I love your pics! 🙂

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  11. I’ve never used one of those for either pasta making or claying. I’ve no doubt this guide will be helpful to a lot of people though.

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  12. Wipe out is so helpful. 🙂

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  13. Wow! A Pasta machine. Ngayon lang ako nakakita nyan. Hihihihi! 🙂 But for sure, those that has it would love this post. Of course, we all have to make sure that everything we use is clean.

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  14. tweenselmom says:

    That’s a great kitchen tool 🙂 I’d love to make my own pasta someday, maybe with quirky shapes.

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  15. We also use that brand in cleaning tough stain on furniture and it is really quite dependable as we have used it for years now.

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  16. sherlane fortunado says:

    I do not have a clay machine but I use wipeout to clean surfaces because it can takeout stubborn dirt. If I use wipe out on my table, i also wipe alcohol after because it’s greasy :-).

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  17. Maan says:

    I’ve never had a clay machine before, but I think your cleaning process is ideal not only for this machine but for other purposes as well!

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  18. Looks like a pasta maker too. I used to make polymer clays but no time to do it now.

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  19. Mommy Levy says:

    I’ve never had a clay machine but we have the same cleaning product. We use it to clean our computer and other appliances.

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  20. will try this tip..Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  21. katjrod says:

    I’m just starting out with clay and still using a roller. I’ll take note of this for future use, when I already have a pasta machine.

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