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Old 03-03-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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So I'm out riding sunday, and i swear i had the biggest freaking bug out of a horror movie or something nail me center chest (hurt like a ). I was able to wipe most of it off, but the perforations in my jacket still are retaining some nasty chunky stuff.. Anyone have some tricks they've learned for cleaning stuff like this?


Also know anyone who does leather cleaning in the north houston area?
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So I'm out riding sunday, and i swear i had the biggest freaking bug out of a horror movie or something nail me center chest (hurt like a ). I was able to wipe most of it off, but the perforations in my jacket still are retaining some nasty chunky stuff.. Anyone have some tricks they've learned for cleaning stuff like this?


Also know anyone who does leather cleaning in the north houston area?
I know Pete from Texas Track Bikes can help you out. I bought the cleaning kit (Dainese) and place the sopa with a mild sponge. After cleaning it, I rubbed some leather lotion.
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Pledge lemon or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser work really well. Try those before spending lots of $$
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I rehydrate the bugs with a damp cloth and finish it off with Armor All Leather Wipes. Seems to work pretty good.
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Nothing works like saddle soap for leather. It cleans, it waterproofs, and it softens.
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Nothing works like saddle soap for leather. It cleans, it waterproofs, and it softens.
Was doing some research on saddle soap. Now granted this is wikipedia, what they mention in regards to why saddle soap is not commonly used anymore is interesting.
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Was doing some research on saddle soap. Now granted this is wikipedia, what they mention in regards to why saddle soap is not commonly used anymore is interesting.
So what did they mention?
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Cool, appreciate the info guys.
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So what did they mention?
yep.

The Myth Of Saddle Soap

In the late 1800's the final tanning of leather required the talents of a "currier". This craftsman took the tanned but brittle hide and worked oils into it until the desired flexibility was obtained. This process was called fatliquoring. The fatliquor of choice was an emulsion of oil in soap. This "saddle soap" was not used as a cleaner. It was a softening conditioner.

In fact, saddle soap is a very poor cleaner. It must first dissolve its own oils, limiting its capacity to dissolve dirt and oils in the leather. Saddle soap is also inherently alkaline but alkalinity is damaging to leather. Another problem arises during application. Most saddle soaps instruct the user to work the lather into the leather. Since loosened dirt is suspended in the lather, it is pushed back into the leather's pores.

Saddle soaps have long been replaced in tanneries by modern emulsions which penetrate, soften and condition with greater ease and stability. the popular myth of saddle soap as a cleaner however persists as modern folklore.
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