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Checkmate22

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My 3x3 gan air cube gets really dirty. I clean iit with warm soapy water and a brush, and then i dry it with a towel. I do some solves, an hour later, white dust on the pieces and black stains on the corner white plastic. And white stains on the center pieces. How can i keep it clean?
Maybe lube would help?
(Assuming this problem occurs with a dry cube)
 

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My 3x3 gan air cube gets really dirty. I clean iit with warm soapy water and a brush, and then i dry it with a towel. I do some solves, an hour later, white dust on the pieces and black stains on the corner white plastic. And white stains on the center pieces. How can i keep it clean?
the main cause for this is probably in the screw/springs. do you take those apart too?
 
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pyrapyravince

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Maybe lube would help?
(Assuming this problem occurs with a dry cube)

ohhh. yeah ill have to wait about 5 months to get my lube i ordered (i live in central america, and we dont have a postal system. So we buy from the united states and when people come here we take advantage). How can i keep it clean?
 

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So I have this friend that doesn't cube and stuff, and I want to explain what the CFOP method is. I can't find a video about how CFOP works, because everybody assumes that the people that watch the video already know the beginner's method. Do you have a video that I can show him?
 

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So I have this friend that doesn't cube and stuff, and I want to explain what the CFOP method is. I can't find a video about how CFOP works, because everybody assumes that the people that watch the video already know the beginner's method. Do you have a video that I can show him?
What do you mean, how it works? Just the steps or the algorithms or such?
 

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What do you mean, how it works? Just the steps or the algorithms or such?
I just want to show him how the method works. This dude hasn't solved a cube in his life. What the different steps are, and everything. I don't want to show him how to solve the cube, just show him what is happening.
 

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I just want to show him how the method works. This dude hasn't solved a cube in his life. What the different steps are, and everything. I don't want to show him how to solve the cube, just show him what is happening.
Cool. I’ll speak as if I was talking to someone who didn’t know how to solve a cube.

So the first step is to make a cross. I want to get the white edges (ones with two colours) next to the white centres, and make sure their other colour (not just the white) is matched up.
This will form a kind of base for us to work with.
Then we move into a step called F2L - first two layers. We don’t actually solve cubes side by side, we solve them in layers as it is easier to do.
You will notice that once we have made the cross, there are 4 slots in its corners that we can fill to finish the first two layers - four pairs. Those pairs are made up of a corner and an edge. You need to match them up, and then put them in the slots. This will take some fiddli by back and forth, and possibly learning some basic moves or algorithms, a few moves long.

Once you’ve done that, you only have the lat layer left. This bit is the trickiest because you cannot do anything without breaking up the first two layers, so we need to learn some algorithms. You can start of simple with just a few algorithms, but at an advanced level, there will be two steps. The first is OLL - Orientation of last layer. Since it is so hard to move things around here, we don’t care about getting them to matchup everywhere yet, just making a complete top side. At an advanced level, we can pick from 57 different algorithms to finish this in one go, but at a beginner level you will only need a few, albeit having to do two sub-steps.

It’s a similar thing for PLL, which stands for permutation of last layer. We’re going to now move all the pieces around to their correct places on all colours.
At an advanced level, we can pick from 21 different algorithms, but again, we can simplify it into two sub steps to need to learn less algorithms as a starter.
After finishing this step, the cube is solved!


I would advise you to solve a cube while explaining this for easier visualisation, and possibly also explain the stickers don’t move, it’s the individual pieces that do.
 

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Cool. I’ll speak as if I was talking to someone who didn’t know how to solve a cube.

So the first step is to make a cross. I want to get the white edges (ones with two colours) next to the white centres, and make sure their other colour (not just the white) is matched up.
This will form a kind of base for us to work with.
Then we move into a step called F2L - first two layers. We don’t actually solve cubes side by side, we solve them in layers as it is easier to do.
You will notice that once we have made the cross, there are 4 slots in its corners that we can fill to finish the first two layers - four pairs. Those pairs are made up of a corner and an edge. You need to match them up, and then put them in the slots. This will take some fiddli by back and forth, and possibly learning some basic moves or algorithms, a few moves long.

Once you’ve done that, you only have the lat layer left. This bit is the trickiest because you cannot do anything without breaking up the first two layers, so we need to learn some algorithms. You can start of simple with just a few algorithms, but at an advanced level, there will be two steps. The first is OLL - Orientation of last layer. Since it is so hard to move things around here, we don’t care about getting them to matchup everywhere yet, just making a complete top side. At an advanced level, we can pick from 57 different algorithms to finish this in one go, but at a beginner level you will only need a few, albeit having to do two sub-steps.

It’s a similar thing for PLL, which stands for permutation of last layer. We’re going to now move all the pieces around to their correct places on all colours.
At an advanced level, we can pick from 21 different algorithms, but again, we can simplify it into two sub steps to need to learn less algorithms as a starter.
After finishing this step, the cube is solved!


I would advise you to solve a cube while explaining this for easier visualisation, and possibly also explain the stickers don’t move, it’s the individual pieces that do.
Thanks. This helped a lot. He was absolutely stunned xD. I wonder how it would be to forget how to solve a cube and then try it from the beginning. It's a little bit nostalgic to think about the times when we didn't know how to solve a Rubik's cube.
 
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