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Old 06-06-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Leather suit cleaning and reconditioning help

What do you use and how do you clean your leathers?

I picked up a 1997 Dainese suit and would like to get cleaned up and reconditioned. Any advice? All I know with working with leathers is cleaning my old combat boots with saddle soap.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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same thing. saddle soap to clean and use leather conditioner to moisturize
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You can soak it in a warm soapy bath then rinse hang dry then leather lotion.
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You can soak it in a warm soapy bath then rinse hang dry then leather lotion.
will it shrink if soaked and then dried?
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will it shrink if soaked and then dried?
yes.... but it will stretch back out easily enough once you put them back on
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Sorry for the threadjack.

If I get my suit soaked in warm soapy water, would it work if i only use warm water?

I wonder if I take all the armor and throw it in one of those huge washer machines found at washaterias.

Also, regarding leather conditioner, what you can buy at vatozone for your car leather, is that suitable for a suit as well??
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Sorry for the threadjack.

If I get my suit soaked in warm soapy water, would it work if i only use warm water?

I wonder if I take all the armor and throw it in one of those huge washer machines found at washaterias.

Also, regarding leather conditioner, what you can buy at vatozone for your car leather, is that suitable for a suit as well??
Warm water works better than cold water as it has a higher saturation point so it helps liquidify those dried bugs and crud. The soap helps more with making all the crud not stick to the leather.

I think you're fine with removing the armor and throwing it in a washer. Might help if you throw them in a wash bag as some of them may float and not "wash" so well.
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I have washed leathers, and leather jackets in the washer on delicate. Let them air dry slowly in cool place with fan on them. Then hit with leather conditioner.

Remember to take lining and armor out first. No problems.
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Do you treat the insides of the leathers too? This is something I have always wondered.
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Do you treat the insides of the leathers too? This is something I have always wondered.
I have not treated the inside of the leathers, but that may be a good idea.
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I don't know about putting leathers in a washing machine. I mean, I put pig-skin chamois in the washer from time to time and it quickly dry rots the leather...sucks all of the oils out and damages it's integrity and thus it's protection. Even if you recondition it.

Here's the official answer I received from a Leather Suit Manufacturer earlier today

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Leathers can not go into a washing machine. That is completely false. They need to be cleaned with a damp warm cloth and water. If more is needed, use something mild like saddle soap.

The armor can be removed form the inside of the suit lining if needed.

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for a leather suit, I's just hose id down with the garden hose and let her dry

maybe if real dirty use the bathtub and some baby shamoo like I do for my lids

throw it on wet and ride till its dry

later wipe with saddle soap or some other leather conditioner
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