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Old 06-30-2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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My leathers have salt from perspiration showing on the top bend of my elbow in the mesh part. Do you clean your leathers and if so how do you do it, or do you have them professionally cleaned? I need to do something because I knoe all that salt can't be good for them. Thanks for your input.
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just get some saddle soap and a brush, scrub away!
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jesse's leather next to Motorcycles Unlimited cleans them. I always used to turn mine inside out and scrub then with liquid detergent. hose off real well and let air dry. I then turned them right side out and saddle soaped them and conditioned them. They always shrunk a little doing it that way and it isn't really the right way but it always worked for me. Those leathers are super soft and 4 years old now.
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jesse's leather next to Motorcycles Unlimited cleans them. I always used to turn mine inside out and scrub then with liquid detergent. hose off real well and let air dry. I then turned them right side out and saddle soaped them and conditioned them. They always shrunk a little doing it that way and it isn't really the right way but it always worked for me. Those leathers are super soft and 4 years old now.
Mine are lined with a mesh that is not removable. If i hose them down, how long would it take for them to dry?
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Saddle soap will work. Lemon Pledge will work. For the inside, some lysol spray will work, and kill any bacteria lurking. I have used armour all leather wipes before. DO NOT use windex as I have heard some people have used.
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Mine are lined with a mesh that is not removable. If i hose them down, how long would it take for them to dry?
that is what is in my fieldsheers. that is why i washed them that way. i usually took a good day to dry.
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my new leathers have a removable liner. I didn't want to buy another set of leathers that I had to work so hard to keep from stinking,lol. Once, my fieldsheers got so bad I put them in my washing machine and cleaned them like that,lol. Once again not the correct way but when your desperate you gotta do what you gotta do.
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I take out all of my armor and soak them in a big tub to get the salt out. I let them soak for about 12 hours or so, rinse them with a hose and let them hang to dry.

I've used a few different conditioners after they dry, they all seem to do about the same job.
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I take out all of my armor and soak them in a big tub to get the salt out. I let them soak for about 12 hours or so, rinse them with a hose and let them hang to dry.

I've used a few different conditioners after they dry, they all seem to do about the same job.
Tom, what do you soak them in?
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Tom, what do you soak them in?
Plain 'ol water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid to break the surface tension. Not sudsy at all, about the same ratio as with wet sanding.
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Plain 'ol water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid to break the surface tension. Not sudsy at all, about the same ratio as with wet sanding.
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I wipe them down with leather wipes after each use and hang them up. No problems. If you are not doing this immediately after use then they will break down on you alot faster.
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I just go race in the rain for a couple hours (like this past weekend)...

they leave in the bed of the truck to dry while coming back...

when i get back home I feel like Rossi and go to sleep
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I just go race in the rain for a couple hours (like this past weekend)...

they leave in the bed of the truck to dry while coming back...

when i get back home I feel like Rossi and go to sleep
Now, that sounds like a plan. No, wait......I don't ride in the rain. But it was a thought.
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