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Old 04-09-2017, 01:07 PM
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Question How should you clean a sheepskin chamois?

How should you clean a sheepskin chamois? And what is the proper care and storage of a "shammy" once rinsed?

Mine have some discoloring from rubber weatherstrip and other contaminants... I know we have some "leather men" here that can probably answer this question with ease.
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Old 04-09-2017, 02:49 PM
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Try this.

So how do you go about caring for your chamois leather?

After use rinse your leather by hand in warm soapy water. Do not use dish-washing detergent as this will remove the oils from within the chamois. Instead use natural soap – a bar of pure soap that you would wash your hands with will be ideal. Alternatively a good quality car wash shampoo will be a good choice (see below) as this will also be gentle on your chamois and not remove too much of the natural oils, as a kitchen detergent would do.

Once the dirt is cleaned out of the chamois then rinse again in clean warm water and re-lather some soap back into the leather – this will help keep it soft.
Next gently squeeze out the excess water, stretch out and hang up to dry naturally – but not in bright direct sunlight as you do not want it to dry too quickly.
Once completely dry you should then “scrunch up” your chamois leather, rubbing it together or working it across a smooth hard surface. This “softens” your leather to make it more easily foldable.

Your shammy can then be folded or rolled and stored in a dry container, but only when completely dry.

Next time you come to use it, first rinse it again in warm water to soften it and remove the soap that was lathered into it before it was dried and stored.
If you follow these simple cleaning and care steps you should get many seasons of car drying out of your chamois leather.
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Old 04-09-2017, 04:35 PM
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Oh, that brings back some memories, like when I used to drive something worthy of washing, and back before we moved to Hooterville, and now road stone is considered " patina " on everything we own...

I used to do it wrong and used " Dawn " and probably dried it out in the sun as well, know I too know how to do it right, if I could just come across an old chamois..
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Old 04-09-2017, 09:07 PM
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I had a sheepskin headband on my welding hoods, I wash them maybe every couple of years? .?
I would just toss it in the machine , set on low, hang it or sometimes wear it till dry..worked ok..

I've used them on cars a couple of times but I'm sure I was doing something wrong. .I've been told there's a certain way to do it...
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Just let it be. The stains don't hurt anything. If it really bothers you throw it in the washing machine, just need to oil it afterward.
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just need to oil it afterward.
Oil it? With what?

I mainly use the chamois to dry a wet car so it doesn't spot after the frequent rain storms here in FL. I'll let it soak in some water to soften up before hand and rinse it in fresh water when done. Then it hangs on a clothes hanger to dry and I'll stick it in a plastic grocery bag after gently "folding" it to keep the dust off it.

The girls high school vball team had a car wash at the beginning of the season to raise some money and I supplied some hoses, pails, sponges and a chamois in its own non-soapy bucket with water. Of course it ended up in a soapy water bucket and took me several rinses to get most of the soap out.
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Clean with sheepskin chamois cleaner......
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I'm at a loss on this one. All of the leather cleaners I have on hand also condition it to repel water which wouldn't help you any
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