Vintage Oak Strap Cleaning

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Vintage Oak Strap Cleaning

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Does anyone have tips for cleaning their vintage oak strap? I have a camel strap that's gotten progressively darker and a bit grimy after a few years of wear, would love to freshen it up. Thanks in advance!

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Gliptone leather cleaner and conditioner. Damp cloth on the under (skin) side to start with.

You'll continue to have that lovely 'lived in' patina and it may finish up a shade darker, but at least it will be clean.

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Put it in the washing machine and when it comes out and is still damp, give it plenty of water based leather conditioner and leave to dry naturally.

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I was going to suggest saddle soap and a leather conditioner, like one might do with a quality pair of leather shoes. I have never done this myself, mind you, but I might give it a go now. It never occurred to me to clean a leather strap, but why not? I clean and condition my shoes all the time....at least I did before COVID. Now they just sit abandoned and unworn. :(
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Re: Vintage Oak Strap Cleaning

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+1 for gliptone - I've used on cars for years. For the inside of the strap, you may need to remove sweaty marks with IPA first.

IPA - Iso Propyl Alcahol not India Pale Ale.
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Paul Drawmer wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:24 pm
IPA - Iso Propyl Alcahol not India Pale Ale.
Thanks for the clarification! India Pale Ale was what I immediately thought of.
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