Riva
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October 13th, 2014 at 1:52:11 PM permalink
A few years ago, we purchased new chips for our fundraising events. They are casino quality and have the school logo and other graphics printed on them. They are VERY nice however, it was no small investment. And, when not in use, they are kept in a remote storage room that requires two different keys to access. No one individual has both keys. http://i58.tinypic.com/j9nd5h.jpg

With our previous currency, metal coins, they always stayed very shiny and clean looking. The new clay chips are now a bit grimy and we're looking in to methods/products to clean and disinfect them. One system I am looking at cost about 10K and that is hard to justify having events only about 10-20 days per-year. http://www.tcsjohnhuxley.com/en/live-gaming/utilities/chip-washer-mini-system.html

This got me to thinking...I wonder how often a casino cleans and disinfects their chips? If you were to ask them, I would bet they would not give you an answer. Literally tens of thousands of thousands of people handle these chip each and every day and they have to be a breeding ground for germs and transmittable diseases, let alone grungy, oily and dirty. I'm sure many of you here have horror stories to share surrounding this subject.

If anybody here has any insight as how chips are cleaned at a casino and how often, please share. Thanks.
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October 13th, 2014 at 2:17:00 PM permalink
I don't know how often casinos clean their chips. Not that you asked, but I have over 1,000 $1 chips from defunct casinos and used bleach and Murphy's Oil to clean them.
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October 13th, 2014 at 2:22:58 PM permalink
Hi Riva

This varies greatly by casinos of course. Some casino's never clean them and some clean them just as needed. I wouldn't worry about cleaning yours unless some of them were really bad.

here are a few links

http://oldvegaschips.com/chipcleaning.htm

http://www.tcsjohnhuxley.com/en/live-gaming/utilities/chip-washer.html

http://casinochipsworld.com/chips-cleaning.htm
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October 13th, 2014 at 2:34:47 PM permalink
Go to your hardware store and pick up some Trisodium Phosphate detergent. Fill two buckets with hot water, and put one cup of TSP in one of them. Wash 100-300 chips at a time in the TSP, transfer to the rinse bucket, and hand dry with towels. This is the method the casino where I work uses, and it works like a charm. I can't imagine many casinos doing it a more costly way.
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October 13th, 2014 at 3:09:52 PM permalink
Quote: GWAE

Hi Riva

This varies greatly by casinos of course. Some casino's never clean them and some clean them just as needed. I wouldn't worry about cleaning yours unless some of them were really bad.

here are a few links

http://oldvegaschips.com/chipcleaning.htm

http://www.tcsjohnhuxley.com/en/live-gaming/utilities/chip-washer.html

http://casinochipsworld.com/chips-cleaning.htm



Thanks.

I am intrigued by the ultrasonic cleaning process. We have about 40,000 chips so, individually hand cleaning is not an option--even if only done once a year or so.

TCSjohnhuxley will only deal with casinos and not some small potatoes outfit like us. However, the 3 different chemicals they use with their "system" is available from other sources and I believe that, at the end of the day, that is the most important part. Ultrasonic cleaners are available from a zillion sources.
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October 13th, 2014 at 3:13:35 PM permalink
Quote: Deucekies

Go to your hardware store and pick up some Trisodium Phosphate detergent. Fill two buckets with hot water, and put one cup of TSP in one of them. Wash 100-300 chips at a time in the TSP, transfer to the rinse bucket, and hand dry with towels. This is the method the casino where I work uses, and it works like a charm. I can't imagine many casinos doing it a more costly way.



Wouldn't a common household [or commercial] dishwasher work? That by the way is how I use to wash my baseball hats.
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October 13th, 2014 at 3:16:02 PM permalink
Quote: petroglyph

Quote: Deucekies

Go to your hardware store and pick up some Trisodium Phosphate detergent. Fill two buckets with hot water, and put one cup of TSP in one of them. Wash 100-300 chips at a time in the TSP, transfer to the rinse bucket, and hand dry with towels. This is the method the casino where I work uses, and it works like a charm. I can't imagine many casinos doing it a more costly way.



Wouldn't a common household [or commercial] dishwasher work? That by the way is how I use to wash my baseball hats.



The heat in the "dry" cycle might be too much for the plastic based compounds in the chips, as well as the sealant over the center inserts. Be very careful if you go this route.
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October 13th, 2014 at 3:32:42 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

Quote: petroglyph

Quote: Deucekies

Go to your hardware store and pick up some Trisodium Phosphate detergent. Fill two buckets with hot water, and put one cup of TSP in one of them. Wash 100-300 chips at a time in the TSP, transfer to the rinse bucket, and hand dry with towels. This is the method the casino where I work uses, and it works like a charm. I can't imagine many casinos doing it a more costly way.



Wouldn't a common household [or commercial] dishwasher work? That by the way is how I use to wash my baseball hats.



The heat in the "dry" cycle might be too much for the plastic based compounds in the chips, as well as the sealant over the center inserts. Be very careful if you go this route.



I was thinking start with say ten or so of the 1 chips not the whole 40 large? Good call on the dry cycle maybe turn that off?
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October 13th, 2014 at 3:37:53 PM permalink
Can you use it to just wash with no dry cycle and then air dry them. Also I would doubt that you would need to wash all 40k.
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October 13th, 2014 at 4:03:09 PM permalink
Quote: GWAE

Can you use it to just wash with no dry cycle and then air dry them. Also I would doubt that you would need to wash all 40k.

It would be tricky to keep them from blowing all over the inside of the washer. They would need to be in some sort of permeable container. To me, Deucekies TSP method is the best suggestion so far. With two or three bucket stations running simultaneously, you should be able to finish all 40k in half a day. (Given that you have enough paper towels on hand). If you want to splurge, do the final rinse in distilled water to cut down on the spotting.

With the right tools, you could build your own "shaker" table, to agitate the buckets of chips covered in water and TSP for much less than the $10k you've been quoted for an, "Ultrasonic" system. Heck, you could just throw the filled buckets in the back of an old pick-up and run them around the block a few times, or leave a bucket on top of your washing machine with an unbalanced load in the spin cycle, for the same "sonic" effect.
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