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TheAfricanQueen 04-10-2015 10:28 PM

Scrabble Tiles: Cleaning Tips?
I just bought a dilapidated Scrabble game for a $1 at a yard sale today.

There seems to be some perfumey smell to tiles as well as some liquid having sloshed onto them.

When I searched the internet for how to clean the tiles, I didn't get very good results. One site stated not to use soap and water because it would remove the lettering.

My nephew found a site that suggested using bleach.

Any stamper ever play with these?

alsmouse 04-10-2015 11:48 PM

take one tile to use as a test. Try washing it with a q-tip & white vinegar. That should remove the stinky & clean it too.

TheAfricanQueen 04-11-2015 08:10 AM

Thank you, Almouse! I'll give that a go.

GameGirlAZ D 04-12-2015 12:57 PM

Hello AQ!
I am not sure this is a good idea but I thought I would throw it your way. I took my VERY worn Scrabble Game and put a handful of tiles in HOT water with plain original blue Dawn dishwashing liquid and wiped the tiles good with my hands and paper towels. They look like new. Then I thought, what about plain original Windex sprayed directly on the tiles on a paper towel. I wiped them really good on the paper towel. The dirt came off really well BUT, I like the feeling of the tiles that I washed with Dawn far more than the ones I washed with Windex. BOTH are clean and look like new.

GameGirlAZ D 04-12-2015 01:27 PM

Now that I did my little "Science Experiment" all but about 12 of my Scrabble tiles look bad. I took a picture but of course it won't copy.

TheAfricanQueen 04-13-2015 07:21 PM

Thank you Game Girl. I haven't played with my Scrabble Tiles yet. I did some more work on the owl for my niece this past weekend. Then today, we spent the day at the hospital as a friend of ours mother had a major heart attack this morning. As of this moment, she's still hanging on.

For sake of ease, I may just go this route. I'll take some before and after pics. Dawn is a terrific degreaser. When my husband and our employee does window cleaning, Dawn is what they use. It goes above and beyond many of the other dishwashing detergents.

GameGirlAZ D 04-16-2015 05:19 PM

1 Attachment(s)
I think I can show you the picture today.
The few on the bottom left were cleaned off with Dawn and those on the bottom right were sprayed and wiped with Windex.

Yankee 04-16-2015 05:28 PM

I kind of like the dirty ones!
But you have to finish cleaning them, to keep down cheating!

GameGirlAZ D 04-16-2015 06:16 PM

Hi Yankee!
YOU are right. I didn't think of that until I thought I had completed the experiment. Now that I have decided that I like the ones that I cleaned with Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, I had made sure they were dry and I closed the box. I guess I have more work to do. And to think, I have a new package of Scrabble tiles that I purchased from a craft store. I don't know which one. I never thought about washing the tiles in an old game. I think I have a few Scrabble Games in here.

TheAfricanQueen 04-17-2015 12:48 AM

Oh Yankee! You made laugh!

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