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When cleaning your weapons on a surface on which you don’t want to risk making a mess (say, the dining room table), use an adult-sized absorbent bed pad, the kind they use in home health care (e.g., Chux) on your work surface.

The pad absorbs any oil (or other debris) you may drip, the white surface makes it easy to see any parts or tools you lay down, the plastic backing keeps liquids from seeping through to the surface below, and when you’re done you just wad it up and toss it.

They’re available in most any drug store, grocery store, or megamarket, usually wherever they stock the adult diapers. If buying them locally is too embarrassing, you can always order them on line.


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    • Try a door mat from the local hardware store ($4.99). No-slip backing and absorbent, textured front keeps firing pins and firing pin retainer pins in place while keeping the Hoppe’s and CLP off your table. It’s cheap and reusable.

    • Being cheaper is a bonus, what really matters is pet pads are certainly less embarrassing to buy.

    • I just lay own a 36in strip of tinfoil followed by the same size layer of paper towel.

      One box of foil and one roll of paper towels have lasted me for 3 years so far at a total cost of…maybe $4? They’re only about 2/3 done.

      Better yet, just get a white rubbermaid lid from a yardsale and hose that bitch off when you’re done. It’ll last for life at the cost of a buck or so.

      Can we really not figure this out ourselves TTAG?

    • ditto, been doing this for awhile.

      BTW, you can put your reloading media, corncob anyways, in a pillow case, tie a knot in it and wash it like clothes and it will come out like new. been doing that for years as well. haven’t bought any new CC other than what i bought my first time.

  1. Looks a lot like puppy pads which I’ve been using to clean my guns on for years. They work really well.

  2. I can see this making for an interesting conversation.

    “Trouble piss ing yourself there, Tom?”

    “Nah, trouble with the bad guys shutting themselves!”

  3. Sigh…

    The stuff some of you guys come up with…there just are some things that guys shouldn’t do.

  4. Alternatively, we had some changing table pads left from our youngest. Just as good! They last quite a while, then then replace when it gets too funky.

  5. This makes my firearms care practices look absolutely ghetto in comparison. Lithium grease from the local auto store for lubrication, old cut up clothing bits for patches, etc.

  6. I bring home my target(s) from the range, fold in half, and place on table where I will clean my gun(s).
    Have never had any bleed through even using just 1 target.
    (At least I don’t think I have had bleed through)

  7. I’m sure they work phenomenonly, but I’m not buying adult bed wetting pads.

    Why not just buy some tampons, hemorrhoid cream, and diarrhea medicine to round out the experience.

    • I distinctly remember having to buy tissues, NyQuil, Imodium, and preparation H all at the same time. The cashier greeted me, “how are you today?” and I responded “isn’t it obvious?” She looked at my haul, laughed apologetically and said “I hope you feel better baby”

  8. Who was it once said: “First, you forget to zip it up. Later, you forget to zip it down.” ?

  9. Heck I never felt embarrassed buying feminine”items” for the Mrs so why do I give a damn what some minimum wage drone cashier thinks?It helps to look old. Even regular baby diapers from Aldi’s would work- and those are ultra cheap. Still a good tip. ..

    • I bought some white nail polish for color filling the markings on my AR lower. But I bought a dozen magnum condoms at the same time to balance things out.

    • “Who cares what a minimum wage drone cashier thinks?”
      Exactly. I only care what men (not women) think who make at least $363,000.00 per year.

      Oh, wait. I don’t care about them either.

  10. :-/

    I just put a piece of Saran wrap down with a white towel on top.

    I throw away the Saran wrap and, when necessary, wash the towel.

    Seems cheaper to me.

    – Thomas

    • Waiting for the camo backed special for guns tacticool version at $15 for 5. Or the orange colored FUDD model.

  11. Reminds me a joke – stop me if you’ve heard it…

    What does it taste like going down on a senior citizen…?


  12. I clean my guns on an old push pin cork board. The cork absorbs fluids. And the wooden border helps contain any loose parts.

  13. Bed pads for cleaning rifles. Depends for cleaning pistols. Panty liners for cleaning derringers. It all makes sense somehow.

  14. Or you could use an automotive fender protector and cut up an old pair of jeans to put it on top of it.

    Just saying. 🙂

  15. I use old store counter mats that are foam backed plastic. They are non-absorbent but very tough. I’ve also used a mechanic’s fender cover, the material is softer and it has raised welts to keep stuff from rolling off. The only issue is that my mats are black, so I sometimes put paper on top for contrast.

  16. Nobody uses those rubber mats with the exploded gun parts diagram on them?
    I have one that has lasted 15 years
    Extra cool factor if the gun you are cleaning is the one depicted on the mat

  17. Wait! What, you guy’s actually clean your guns? And all these years I’ve been wondering what that stuff labeled “Gun Grease, Hoppe’s #9, etc., was for. Well I’ll be dammed! Learn something every day.

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