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How to clean goatskin

Updated February 21, 2017

The skin of goats is cured and tanned to make an inexpensive and durable leather that is useful for gloves, hats and other leather goods. Dust and dirt can quickly be removed from the surface of goatskin with a common household cleaner, but you'll need to take care not to damage the delicate balance of oils in the skin. Cleaned goatskin has a lighter colour and better displays the texture of the leather grain.

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  1. Mix equal parts pf vinegar and linseed oil in a small dish.

  2. Dip a corner of a lint-free cloth into the cleaning solution. Rub gently on the goatskin in a tight circular motion with the wet corner of the cloth.

  3. Dampen a new, clean section of the cloth each time the previous corner dries out. Continue until all the goatskin has been evenly coated in the vinegar and linseed oil mixture. Wait for 30 minutes.

  4. Polish the goatskin leather with a new clean cloth. Rub gently with a fast circular motion until the leather surface appears less dull and more light reflective.

  5. Tip

    Add leather conditioner to the surface of the goatskin if you can still a white haze after polishing. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for application closely.

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Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Small dish
  • Soft lint-free cloths

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Jeffrey Brian Airman

Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.

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