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How to Use a Leather Chamois

Updated February 21, 2017

Chamois leather is used to dry off cars and other surfaces after they have been washed. The chamois absorbs a lot of moisture and becomes rather flexible when wet. Leather chamois is usually a tanned leather that holds onto the small particles washed, reducing abrasion against the surface you are washing. Chamois can be used over and over again if properly cared for, including not letting it become too dry and cleaning it after each use.

Remove any excess water that may have accumulated on the surface you are cleaning.

Wet your leather chamois in clean water and wring it out so that it becomes flexible.

Wipe the chamois over the surface to dry it. Use it on car windows to dry them off without the extra lint that towels can leave behind.

Wring the chamois out periodically during the drying process.

Rinse the chamois with a mild soap in lukewarm water.

Hang the chamois out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Stretch it a bit and try not to let it over dry to where it becomes stiff.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Towel
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Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.