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Summer Care and Feeding of your Leathers

Words of wisdom from Alexa Kruger, leather guru and owner of Spyder Leather Works

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I've has this dilemma come up several times in the past few months, so I'm going to address it before it gets too hot out there.

I've always advised getting your leathers professionally cleaned at the end of the season, and barring that, before the season starts. I still do, however, there's the problem of accumulating sweat in some racers leathers during the season.

This is a real problem because the salt leaches into the leathers turning them into beef jerky over time. I am now recommending that anyone with this problem rinse their leathers between race weekends with a solution of 4 gallons of water to 2 cups of white vinegar. Vinegar will neutralize the body salts. The most common areas affected are the arms and underarms, behind the knee and the crotch area.

Remove all of the armor and if you have a hump, remove that as well. The foam in armor and hump can absorb water. Some leathers have a removable liner. If so, remove that and wash it in the machine in cold water, line dry. If your hump is not removable, try not to submerge that part of the leathers.

Using the above solution, soak the gear in a bathtub or laundry tub for about 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Try to get as much water out of them as possible with towels (do not "wring" them out, do not use the new towels your significant other just purchased) and hang to dry. Condition them with a leather conditioner. Reassemble all of the armor and wear them again for a brief time before you race to reshape them.

I know this sounds time intensive, and it will be, but better that than a new set of leathers every 6 months, or a nice injury from "cured" leather that splits. "

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I thought this was going to be about feeding your leathers asphalt. At which point I would say that mine has had their fill!

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Vinegar?????? Won't that make ya smell like a salad????

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I'd rather smell like a salad or a ... whatever, than look like hamburger!

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i wonder how long it will take to dry, mine are still nice and soft, my arm pits smell JUST so ever lightly.

i used my dainese leather cleaner and now i am about to apply the conditioner.

but i was wondering where this thread was and also consider this a bump.



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