Forfarian wrote:I can't see the logic in a soft pad driving down the points blade... one of the problems of using a track rubber on points is the different angles of track tend to remove some of the material from the rubber and clog up the area around the frog and can also get between the blades.
I find using a paired down coffee stirrer and soft cloth with IPA on is much better way of cleaning points, point blades and frogs.
The "soft pad" is clamped onto a lump of brass bar!
IPA does a good job of removing oils, but has no effect on oxidation which will need an abrasive (or a strong acid!) to remove. The aim of track cleaning is not just to degrease but to polish the track.
And, yes, loose material left around points will cause problems, so must be removed.