Bingo Cleaning; Conversation with Frans about the Cleaning Video

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Bingo Cleaning; Conversation with Frans about the Cleaning Video

By SteveinTexas

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

I am making this separate thread to update you all on a conversation that I had with Frans today regarding the cleaning video and the detergents/degreaser used. This methodology has worked well as over the years as testamonials from owners in the UK have atested to.


We still use the same degreaser as we showed in our little film. But as before I can only guess where it is made of. The producer decided to make it again and we use it when starting a big restoration.

But as I wrote, after that you have to dismantle the machine in pieces. Mind you, the bingo’s we are working on are most of the times much worse that you are use to in the USA. They are most of the times very dirty, badly damaged and there is a lot of work on them.

I made a picture of the Neatsfoot Oil I am using.

Neatsfoot Oil (resized).jpg A few years ago Hugh Kown (yes, the Oldbinger) gave it to me as a present.

The Can Can is one of my favorites and really the smartest.
Of course you can use our comments.

Frans and Coos
From Holland

Hi Frans,

Nice to hear from you. The bingo cleaning video has always sparked a reaction here in the States, and I have commented at least three times in the last few years on its merits.

If I may ask;
• What detergent, degreaser did you settle on after stopping using the magic stuff?
• Can I use your comments in the email as an update to the forum?
• Lastly what type of neat’s-foot oil pure or compound or different do you use on your restorations.

My Can Can game is still working well and I enjoy it very much.

Regards Steve J

Hi Stephen,

I saw your message on the Forum about cleaning the inside of a bingo using a detergent. You have to know that after degreasing and using a lot of hot water the bingo is taken apart in bits and pieces at once.

In this way we are building a brand new Bally bingo, many times using new motors and wearing items as leathers, (spotting) indexes and lots of new coil stops! Also we put them together with light oil as the detergent has removed all oil and you have to keep the rust away. Anyway, after the restoration the machines play and look like new.

Bingobeast and Coos
(as supposed we working together and also making beautiful new backglasses now!)

Quoted from KYBingo:

I went to Coos' site originally wondering about artwork and saw a video on how he cleans the inside of a bingo machine. Wow! Sorbo Blue Wonder, Magic Soap, and hot water. Really?
Is this a recommended process...and if so, what is an equivalent all-purpose cleaner available in the US?

I wrote ; Here is a thread with the video linked where we discussed the merits 3 years ago of the Dutch guys bingo cleaning method verses what we will do in the States.

Regarding the cleaning material
I contacted the guys in the Netherlands 'Frans and Coos' a few years ago. They both have different internet sites with English translations. I asked them what is the Magic spray and the Sorbo Blue Wonder made of?
Frans answered as follows;
"The problem with the magic stuff and the Sorbo is that the first product is no longer for sale as it was too aggressive and Sorbo is just an ordinary Dutch detergent, used for all kinds in the housekeeping. We bought the Magic Stuff in big cans and as far as we know the staple is a sodium hydroxide solution. So you can try to dissolve tablets of the dishwasher as those are pretty aggressive. But all you need is a strong degreaser which will do the job and I am sure there are a lot of those over in the USA."
Also Frans site is;
Possibly use 'Purple power at a 50/50 strength instead of the magic spray which I suspect is a drain cleaner.

#2 1 year ago

Steve - Thanks for posting Frans' comments. The bit about them completely disassembling the game subsequent to its cleaning is missing from the video, and it provides important context. Knowing that the cleaned head is just the starting point, and not the end point, the video makes more sense to me.

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