How to Clean a Leather Chamois

Updated February 21, 2017

Soon after the car was invented, so was a new use for leather chamois. A leather chamois, also referred to as chamois leather, is naturally absorbable and is used to dry a car after washing. The oils found in a leather chamois also give a car a shine when finished, thus completing two tasks in one step. A leather chamois is usually made from sheep hides, although earlier versions were made from deer. A leather chamois should be cleaned after each use and will become hard after it dries. Before you use it again for your car, you will need to place it in clean water and wring out.

Use warm water and a small squirt of mild dish detergent to create a soapy mixture.

Clean your leather chamois by hand in the soapy water.

Rinse the soap out with warm water and squeeze out the excess water.

Stretch the chamois leather and lay it out to dry. Do not place it in the sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild dish detergent
  • Warm water
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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.