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    Hello everyone!

    I have a beautiful white buckskin jacket that has absorbed some red dye on the collar. I've been researching how to clean buckskin, first trying a pumice stone which worked a little, but not enough. Then I tried spot cleaning a portion of it with a cold, damp cloth and it started lifting off the dye. But when I added water to the skin, it became sticky. Then when it dried it became stiff, hard, and smooth! I only did a spot, but it stands out quite a bit.

    So I have two questions: how should I best clean this stain, and is it possible to fix up my attempt?

    Thank-you for any advice!

  • #2
    A couple of questions , if i may....
    Is it a commercially tanned leather or is it naturally tanned.
    Is it the stain that gets sticky or the leather ?

    as far as your questions, no guarantees , but I'm going to say soap and water....and yes.Commercial tanned leather should re-soften with minimal work. Brain tan or ndn tanned leather takes substantially more work. The problem is if you are not careful , you will stretch the leather and that could be an issue.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by wardancer View Post
      Is it a commercially tanned leather or is it naturally tanned.
      Is it the stain that gets sticky or the leather ?
      I'm not sure how it is tanned, but it is the skin itself that gets sticky. I was worried it was the cloth I was using, but when I put a pure droplet on an unstained spot, it still got sticky.

      It's now completely dry, and the spots are hard and loud when I scratch them. Not soft at all, as the jacket should be!

      I'm really scared to do anything else to it now, in case I ruin it further!

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      • #4
        I know why it is hard now (at least I'm pretty sure, I'm not very familiar with skins, as you can probably tell): It's suede and apparently you can't get it wet. I feel silly because I've actually heard that, I just didn't know what I had was suede :(

        Can anyone now tell me if I will be able to fix a big water spot? And then my original problem of red dye? Can I/Should I take it to the suede dry cleaners? Will it be a problem if it is beaded?

        Thanks so much!

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        • #5
          White vinegar is often used to clean suede. On the up side, it works. On the down side, it makes your jacket smell like vinegar.

          Read more : How to Clean a Suede Jacket at Home | eHow

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          • #6
            Here's link for suede: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/...ean-suede.html

            If you're cleaning real buckskin, you can use powdered natural white chalk, or cornmeal rubbed into stain. Probably wouldn't do much for red dye though.

            Good luck!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by wyo_rose View Post
              Here's link for suede: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/...ean-suede.html

              If you're cleaning real buckskin, you can use powdered natural white chalk, or cornmeal rubbed into stain. Probably wouldn't do much for red dye though.

              Good luck!
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