It's been over a month now since I did that major cleaning of my bench and its still relatively clean. I hate cleaning and it took so long, I decided I didn't want to have to do a cleaning like that again for a long time. The thing that makes the biggest mess is the aluminum. So I have started putting up newspaper when I grind aluminum to keep chips off the bench top. That's the area that takes so long to clean, cause I have so much stuff on my bench I need to move everything to clean it all. So far the newspaper is working, but I hate having to put it up every time I want to grind aluminum cause I work with it fairly often.