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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-31-2013, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday after a ride I noticed that my leather pants looked as if they were a bit mouldy from hanging in a damp closet. As it was a sunny day, I spread them out on a bench in the sunlight. Of course I forgot to bring them in, and of course it rained all night, Murphy's law, right?

I now have 20 pounds of leathers hanging in the basement to dry. At least it was a really good ride.
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Good luck. Mold + leathers = bad. If you can, I'd rewash them with some woolite and 1/2 cup white vinegar. (I throw my suit in a front end loader washing machine, others I know use a bathtub). Just putting them in the sun isn't going to wash out the mold. Then, dry them flat, and put on a lanolin-based conditioner just before they're dry, and then another coat when dry.
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Good advice. I think that I will wipe the affected area with vinegar and then treat with Doc Bailey's Leather Tonic. It is a detergent and lanolin product that leaves a nice wax finish. I've used it for years on my leathers and highly recommend it.
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Forgot to mention that I have had some success leaving leather in sunlight to kill mould. The UV rays do it, although still need to clean and treat the area afterwards.
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Forgot to mention that I have had some success leaving leather in sunlight to kill mould. The UV rays do it, although still need to clean and treat the area afterwards.
Good to know. I've heard of guys tossing their sweaty race leathers in a duffle bag instead of airing them out, resulting in a lot of mold, and the leather repair guys couldn't clean or fix them once the mold got really bad! That's a lot of wasted money as those full suits run around a grand or more.

Sweat is what kills the leather, good to clean them every so often, more if you sweat a lot in them!
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