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  1. #1
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    Default Suede half-chaps in washing machine?

    Just like the title says - I got some grossness on a pair and wondering if doing this with some bleach will ruin them? Don't really care how they look afterward as long as they still fit and are functional.



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    Not sure I would use bleach.

    However, washer is great. I throw mine in on a gentle cycle with leather therapy wash, and a couple of old towels. Do an extra spin cycle to "dry" them and then slather with conditioner while wet and lay out to dry in a cool place. I've done this with Ariat and Treadstep 1/2 chaps without any problems.
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    I'd skip the bleach.

    I've washed mine with great results. They will bleed, so them was solo or with things you don't care about.
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    I also wouldn't use bleach, however I rarely use bleach in general. Wash in cold water and they should be fine.
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    Skip the bleach Try Leather Therapy leather wash, I've washed half chaps in the washer with that before and they come out beautiful.
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    i've thrown my suede full chaps in the washer before with no ill effects. (i let a friend borrow them and they stretched a bit!) i just used regular detergent, warm water, laid them out flat to dry. they didn't really shrink, but did 'tighten' up a bit, so just be aware of that if your chaps are anywhere near being too tight already. they came out fine, didn't dry or crack, and were nice and clean!



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    I wash my suede stuff all the time. I would not however, recommend bleach. I use pepede leather wash. It is really great stuff! There is a link to it below from smartpak. Just a warning though, the leather comes out a bit on the stiff side but nothing bad enough that one or two rides couldn't fix. Also the leather usually shrinks just a bit, so if they are already a little tight on you, it could be hard getting them back on after washing.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/produc...ctClassid=5264



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    I have washed mine in the machine using Pepede and they come out looking like new, but I would not use bleach. If they are a little tight, just put them on over bare legs and walk around the house for a few minutes, that's all it took to get my Tredsteps back to normal, there was no significant shrinkage.



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    I would not use bleach, but wash mine all the time with Tide. They are ten years old and still look fine.



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    I had to wash my full chaps cuz they got soaked in show sheen.
    Don't even think I used woollite or leather therapy, just detergent.
    (in the dorm laundry, ha!)
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