How to Prepare a Genuine Leather Chamois for Use?
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What is Chamois?
Chamois is leather that is extremely soft, flexible, and absorbent.
Why use Chamois Leather?
Typically chamois leather is used to dry off surfaces after washing, due to the absorbency and softness of the leather.
Grime particles get drawn away from the cleaning surface.
The particles are held within the hollow fiber of the leather, eliminating abrasion.
Chamois is excellent for cleaning and protecting smartphone and computer displays.
Use Chamois to clean and protect your iPhone.
Use Chamois to clean and protect your Android.
Use Chamois to clean and protect your Windows Phone.
Use Chamois to clean and protect your Blackberry.
Use Chamois to clean and protect your LCD or LED displays.
How do I clean and dry my car with a Chamois?
First wash your car as recommended by the manufacturer. Then use a Chamois to dry your car.
Rinse Chamois in water, wring out excess, repeat until water runs clean and clear.
The chamois needs to be damp, but not wet to work.
Remove the majority of water by sweeping the Chamois over the car, wring out excess water as you proceed.
Buff any remaining damp areas until dry, again wringing as necessary.
Clean and dry your Chamois.
How to care for my Chamois?
Give it a good rinse in lukewarm water with a mild non-alkali soap, or mild detergent.
Repeat rinse until water runs clear.
Squeeze/wring Chamois to remove excess water.
Gently stretch, and hang in an area protected from direct sunlight and intense heat.
Take care not to dry your chamois too much.
Why is my Chamois stiff?
Chamois leather gets stiff when it is too dry, and it will regain its softness with moisture or on wetting.
How does The Original Chamois Company make Chamois Leather?
High-quality New Zealand sheep and lamb skin are used to make our Chamois leather.
We split the hide into two pieces, the flesh and grain halves.
The flesh side we further process for Chamois and the outer part for other leather types.
The flesh side is Hot Drum Tanned in Genuine Cod Liver Oil and gives the skin the unique characteristics of Chamois Leather.
Chamois leather is then dry-cleaned to remove excess oil.
Final stages include buffing the leather with an abrasive wheel, removing any excess grain and fleshings.
Where can I find more information about Leather production processes?
How is Chamois Leather measured?
The area in square feet.
Chamois Leather is a natural product; sizes may vary slightly, depending on humidity and temperature.
We do not typically cut the chamois in a "square" shaped unless requested.
A 4.0 sq.ft chamois; if cut square, would measure 2.0 ft x 2.0 ft.