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Re: [RC] leather cleaner - Sisu West Ranch

There is an old chemist's trick to keep mildew at bay on leather.

1. Clean off the mildew with mild soap and water . Rinse and allow the leather to dry.
2. Get some copper sulfate (old name: green vitriol). Probably can get it at an old fashoned drug store. Otherwise talk to a local high school or college chemistry teacher. While I wouldn't drink it, it is not particularly harmful to people etc. Mix up a 1% by weight in water. (The amount is not critical at all, a couple of tablespoons per quart will work). Saturate a cloth with it. Allow to dry. Wipe the clean leather with the dry cloth. Enough copper will be transfered to give mold and mildew a hard time. If you feel you need a little more protection, you can dampen the cloth a bit before wiping.
3. Oil and or polish the leather like usual.

You want the leather dry to prevent mildew, so don't seal in plastic. I don't think a cloth over the saddle will make much difference, and it will keep dust off.

Ed Ed & Wendy Hauser 2994 Mittower Road Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640



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