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Old 06-15-2012, 03:01 AM   #1
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Can you dry clean a racing suit?

Hey forum, how do you clean racing suits?

Or are they like leather pants, you can get away with never cleaning them?
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:08 AM   #2
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Here is how I clean mine. Have done at least a half a dozen times by filling the tub with warm water, adding very little detergent and clorox (to disinfect) and hand washing. The repeat with fresh water. Try to dry in dry area with low humidity indoors for a few days. Once dry, I apply mink oil to all the leather. Have not had any problems so far. I usually clean once in summer and once in winter.
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I take my leather jacket to the cleaners, they know how to clean it. Is it dry clean? I don't know.
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Here is how I clean mine. Have done at least a half a dozen times by filling the tub with warm water, adding very little detergent and clorox (to disinfect) and hand washing. The repeat with fresh water. Try to dry in dry area with low humidity indoors for a few days. Once dry, I apply mink oil to all the leather. Have not had any problems so far. I usually clean once in summer and once in winter.
I don't think you can really disinfect a porus material

that hypochlorate is going to ruin the stitching!!!

I wouldn't use anything stronger than baby shampoo

F the dry cleaners. They can't even wash a shirt without stripping off two or three buttons
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I take my lining/armor out, and wash the leathers in the washing machine under delicate.

No spin.

Lining is washed separately.

Hang dry both in an inside area for slow drying, then go over the outside with leather cleaner once completely dry.

This has worked just fine for the past 12 plus years.
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My leathers have been sitting in my bag since Barber last year. Guess I should clean them this weekend before MSRH next Saturday.
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My leathers have been sitting in my bag since Barber last year. Guess I should clean them this weekend before MSRH next Saturday.
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I don't think you can really disinfect a porus material

that hypochlorate is going to ruin the stitching!!!

I wouldn't use anything stronger than baby shampoo

F the dry cleaners. They can't even wash a shirt without stripping off two or three buttons
Don't know why you wouldn't be able to disinfect a porous material, but I agree I wouldn't use bleach on any leather apparel.

I''ve read woolite is the thing to use. It's designed for washing very delicate materials so it would be gentle on the leather and the other components.
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Good thread, good info.
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seriously... I wonder how often rentals are washed?
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This is no joke, I have washed my leathers while wearing them in the shower and then riding them dry (in the summer). Weird but effective. Then leather oil afterward.
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Pledge on the outside.

Lysol disenfectant spray on the inside.

I only have minor rashes after I wear my leathers.
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I take my lining/armor out, and wash the leathers in the washing machine under delicate.

No spin.

Lining is washed separately.

Hang dry both in an inside area for slow drying, then go over the outside with leather cleaner once completely dry.

This has worked just fine for the past 12 plus years.
Yah that works for Mongo - what about the rest of us?
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Don't know why you wouldn't be able to disinfect a porous material, but I agree I wouldn't use bleach on any leather apparel.

I''ve read woolite is the thing to use. It's designed for washing very delicate materials so it would be gentle on the leather and the other components.
Just break in mind when I say a little, I mean very little. So far, after somewhere between 6-12 washes using this method no problem. In fact, after about 5 years it is time to start looking at a new set.
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I don't have leathers, but I have a Rev'it textile suit,
I could technically run mine in the laundry on a gentle setting then hang dry. But I dont.

I want it to last till I feel like my got my 1200$ or so worth out of it. Here's what I do:

Fill a commercial spray bottle with water, add a little soap, such as baby shampoo or a bit of HE detergent.
Depending on how delicate you want to be with the soap versus smell.
Probably about a tablespoon or so to a quart of water.

Hang the suit jacket in the shower, and spray the inside and outside liberally with the soap solution.

While I let it soak for a minute or so I look over it and
try to agitate any really dirty areas such as insect hits to remove the crud.

Then I use the shower sprayer on cool to warm to rinse it thoroughly inside and out.

After that, I hang it to dry in the garage where it's hot, but not so humid.

I repeat with the pants.

Then I apply a waterproofing agent to keep the garments beading water off and let that dry.
I have other clothes to use while that stuff is in service and I alternate.
They sell various things at REI or the internet for textile.

I would imagine the same process would work on racing leathers, however, instead of a technical waterproof spray,
you just coat the outside with a leather conditioner that keeps it from getting damaged by UV or drying out.
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