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Old 09-27-2009, 11:51 PM   #1
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Question Leather in the Rain

Just a curiosity of mine since I ride in all weather conditions for the most part when its not freezing out. How do y'all, and what are the proper ways to deal with leather once you've been rained on in it? Let it dry and apply some mink oil or something of the sort or what?
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:44 AM   #2
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Here is an excerpt from Nelson on another forum explaining how to deal with mildew in leather. While it is not directly applicable, I believe you could "glean" some worthwile info from his post.


here is something i found
Cleaning Mildew

Initially, you should attempt to remove as much of the mildew as possible. Do this outside in the fresh air since you want to avoid releasing mildew spores inside your home. A dry, clean cloth, dry, clean sponge, or a small scrubbing brush with nylon bristles that is clean and dry can be used to remove the mildew.

Next, make a solution of soapy water. Using a clean cloth or sponge, wipe the item completely clean. Place the item in a location where it will remain undisturbed. Allow it to dry completely. It is best to place the item out of direct sunlight and away from heat.

If the product is made from real leather, you will need to follow up with a leather conditioner. If you don't already have one, purchase it as soon as possible for the best benefit. Apply the leather conditioner to the product following the instructions that are provided by the manufacturer. Typically, these instructions are located on the label of the product.

If these steps do not correct the situation and the mildew persists to grow, then you will need to take additional measures. Make a solution using equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol. Using a clean sponge dipped in the solution, wipe the leather product clean. Use a fresh cloth or sponge dipped in clean water to wipe the product again.

Place the product in an out of the way location where it can air dry. Remember to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from heated areas. Once the item is completely dry, remember to treat it with the leather conditioner according to the manufacturer's instructions.
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Im gonna guess that means if it's wet hang it to dry naturally and then it shouldn't mildew and condtition/protect the leather every couple rain rides.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:36 AM   #4
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Always allow your leathers to dry normally.
I usually don't hang mine when drying unless I've got a stout wooden or plastic hanger that won't deform the leather as it dries.

Don't use mink oil or any other product that will clog the pores of the leather.
The leather will rapidly deteriorate and the product can actually trap mildew and body odor inside making the leather reek.
Lexol or several other products on the market work well.
Always test a small spot first to make sure the dye isn't affected and won't discolor
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I regularly dry my good leather w a towel then hang it on the back of a square back chair to dry the remainder amount. Every so often I apply a leather softener then a leather protector.
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what about washing the inside liners? my leather street jacket is starting to smell bad. i usually jsut fabreeze it after a hot ride. it says not to machine wash or dry clean.
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Ive cleaned my jacket a few times using saddle soap a rag and a medium bristle brush then just let it dry but I've never really gotten it soaked from a heavy rain nor have I gone swimming in it. So other than that is there something to protect the leather better?
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how about cleaning the inside of the gloves? Any general guidelines for that since it's really hard to clean the inside of the fingers.
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how about cleaning the inside of the gloves? Any general guidelines for that since it's really hard to clean the inside of the fingers.
Put leather conditioner on your hands then put your gloves on.
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what about polyester I just been wiping them down as best as I can with leather wipes I got. Is there something better than what I'm using or will leather conditioner work out better?
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Good question. I just got a cool icon I'd hate to ruin. I'll prolly just get a rain jacket/suit.
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