Category: Acme Sponge Company Products

Acme Sponge Company Products are the finest products made from the finest materials in the world, and we stand behind them. Although we offer a variety of products for different jobs and applications, they can be divided into two primary categories of products, natural and synthetic. At Acme we pride ourselves on offering our customers real value in the form of long lasting high quality sponge products. Products that help get the job done right the first time.

Polyester Sponges

Polyester sponges were invented as a result of the discovery of polyester in 1937 by Otto Bayer. Polyester sponge material was originally adopted by the mop industry, which needed a cost effective, absorbent, strong, durable, material that was resistant to harsher cleaning chemicals, oil, and grease. The airy foam, which is similar in structure to natural sea sponges, but more chemically resistant, was then made into utility and kitchen sponges.

Aqua Polyester Sponge Collection
Aqua Polyester Sponge Collection

Polyester sponges remain soft even when dry, are resistant to solvents and chemicals, float, and can be sterilized by boiling. Polyester sponges are elastic, light, economical and durable. And like sea sponges, are extremely soft and come in a variety of shapes and sizes for different types of jobs.

Polyester Sponge Uses

The honeycomb structure of polyester sponges make them super-absorbent ideal for professionals for masonry, drywall, wall papering, tile and grout work, painting and general cleanup. Because of its chemical resistance, flexibility, elasticity and utility, this sponge can be used for all types of masonry, painting, texturing, as well as general cleaning projects. These characteristics also make this type of sponge the obvious choice for all general home, auto and marine applications.

How Polyester Sponges are Made

As a chemical term, Polyester can be broken into poly (meaning many), and ester, (referring to a basic organic chemical compound). A synthetic compound derived from petroleum, water and coal, Polyester was developed in a 20th-century laboratory. Polyester is formed from the chemical reaction of alcohol and an acid where, two or more molecules combine into a larger molecule with a structure that repeats throughout its length.

Ethylene, the primary ingredient used to manufacture polyester, is derived from petroleum. In this process, ethylene is the polymer used in a polymerization process to create the finished polyester. These long chain molecules are extremely strong and stable.

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Natural Leather Chamois for Fuel Filtration

A dry chamois that has been soaked in clean gasoline will allow fuel to pass through it, but not water. Until fuel refining methods were improved around 1910, most automobiles were sold with small swatches of chamois for filtering fuel. Chamois cloths were used to filter impurities (including water) from the poor quality fuel available.

Natural Leather Chamois Fuel Filtration -Tanners Select
Natural Leather Chamois
Fuel Filtration -Tanners Select

Filtering Fuel with a Natural Leather Chamois

Today, chamois leather is used to filter fuel that has been stored in drums, which often allow water in, or from other doubtful storage source. Chamois leather is also used as to filter fuel by boaters and aircraft owners/operators when refueling in any remote areas or when fuel quality is in question. Alaskan bush pilots, whose lives depend on uncontaminated fuel, often use this method to filter fuel that has been stored in drums or that has set for any period of time. This method can also be used to filter fuel for use in Snow machines, chainsaws, motorcycles, tractors, heavy equipment, and more.

How to Filter Fuel Using a Natural Leather Chamois

The most common way to make a fuel filter from a chamois is to use a standard funnel and line the inside with a chamois cloth. It is important to use a chamois that is large enough to cover the entire inside of the funnel without allowing any of the fuel to pour through the funnel without passing through the chamois cloth. Any water contaminating the fuel will be absorbed into the chamois, while the fuel will pass through the cloth.

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Natural Leather Chamois for Cleaning Appliances

Because a natural leather chamois is exceptionally soft and highly absorbent, when used slightly damp, they are great at removing dust, smudges, fingerprints and other kitchen dirt and grime from appliances, leaving a streak free finish. A chamois can also be used dry (and softened) to quickly and easily remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances, glass microwave and oven doors.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances with A Natural Leather Chamois

Natural Leather Chamois Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliance
Natural Leather Chamois Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliance

Stainless steel appliances are beautiful and add a distinctive look to any kitchen. However, they are notorious for showing fingerprints and smudges, which detract for their elegance and sophistication. Keeping stainless steel appliances streak and smudge-free seems to be an ongoing problem. In addition, although stainless steel finishes may look durable, they are easily scratched if the proper care is not taken. A natural leather chamois is natural solution for safely removing dust, finger prints and grease from delicate stainless steel finishes. The softness of a chamois, or nap, and the open fiber structure of the cloth safely pull dust and other fine particles into the weave of the cloth and away from the surface when they could scratch. The split ends of the broken fibers created by buffing (nap) absorb the grease and oil of fingerprints, safely removing them and leaving a fingerprint and streak-free shine.

A Natural Leather Chamois Cleans Appliances without Chemicals

Unlike so many other methods of cleaning, a chamois cleans appliances without the need to use of potentially harmful chemicals in and around food preparation areas. In addition to providing a safer cleaning alternative, using a chamois to clean appliances can significantly reduce the cost, by eliminating the need for other cleaning products and chemicals.

Quick Kitchen Cleanup Using a Natural Leather Chamois

Natural leather chamois are a quick and chemical-free way to get a fingerprint-free finish on all of your kitchen surfaces. Whether cleaning you stainless steel, refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher, coffee-maker, toaster, countertop, table-top and faucet fixtures, a natural leather chamois is great chemical-free alternative to keep your kitchen looking bright.

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Natural Leather Chamois for Cleaning Sun Glasses Windows and Mirrors

Using a natural leather chamois to clean your glass surfaces and optics can save you time, money and frustration. Clean windows and mirrors make even a clean home seem brighter and more open. But keeping your glass surfaces free of dust and fingerprints can be a challenge. Windows and mirrors seem to collect dust and fingerprints, even when cleaned often and thoroughly. And cleaning your glass surfaces with paper or terry towels, leaves lint and streaks that take a lot of time and elbow grease to remove. And unlike many other glass cleaning methods, a chamois does not need to be used with chemicals or cleaners to get your glass surfaces clean. Using the right tool for the job will save time, money, and make those windows and mirrors shine with a lot less effort.

A Natural Leather Chamois is the Right Tool for the Job

Because natural leather chamois are made from marine oil tanned sheepskin, they are extremely absorbent and have a naturally open fiber structure that is then buffed to create a soft and nappy surface. This allows a chamois to pull the dust, dirt and grease from fingerprints off of the glass and trap them in the fibers of the cloth away from the surface. This keeps the dirt and grease from simply being smeared around on the surface, the way many other types of cloths do. And because a chamois is absorbent, holding an average of 5 times its own weight of water, the windows are dried completely. So the chamois cleans and dries, leaving your windows and mirrors clean and streak-free. Because a chamois releases dust and dirt completely when rinsed and can be reused for years with proper care, a chamois is not only a better and easier cleaning solution, it is also a good value for your money.

Cleaning Sun Glasses and Eye Glasses with a Genuine Leather Chamois

Just Swipe for Cleaning Electronics and Glasses
Just Swipe for Cleaning
Electronics and Glasses

Cleaning smudges and fingerprints off sun glasses, almost all of which have plastic lenses, without scratching them is always difficult. Paper towels and toilet paper are made from wood pulp and will quickly mar or scratch you glasses. And whether the glasses are an expensive pair or a cheap pair, no one wants to have to throw away a favorite pair because they are too scratched to use. Using a cotton towel will simply smear the dust and grease around more often than not and a synthetic fabric or micro fiber, which is an unsustainable and environmentally un-friendly petroleum product, will trap, but not release the dirt and grease when cleaned. Using a piece of natural leather chamois to clean your glasses, whether they are sun glasses with plastic lenses or eye glasses with glass lenses, will quickly remove dust, fingerprints or dirt completely, without scratching or marring them, and can be cleaned and reused for years.

Use a Natural Leather Chamois to Clean any Reflective Surface Safely

In addition to Windows, mirrors and glasses, a natural leather chamois can be used to clean any reflective surface, even more delicate plastic ones, safely and effectively. Chrome, acrylic, epoxy, lacquered, laminated and other surfaces of furniture, appliances, floors, wall hangings, bric-a-brac, etc… can all be safely cleaned using a natural leather chamois.

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Natural Leather Chamois for Cleaning Electronics

Cleaning dust, fingerprints and smudges from electronics without scratching the delicate displays can be a challenge. Liquids, of any kind, and electronics are dangerous when combined, and sensitive electronics can easily be damaged or even destroyed.

Just Swipe for Cleaning Electronics and Glasses
Just Swipe
for Cleaning Electronics and Glasses

Cleaning Electronics with a Natural Leather Chamois

A dry (or completely wrung out) natural leather chamois is a safe and effective means of cleaning electronic devices, without the risk of damaging them. A chamois can be to remove dust, grime, smudges, and fingerprints from all types of electronics. Chamois are ideal for cleaning:

• Desktop Computer Cases and Peripherals
• Tablet Computer Screens and Cases
• Cell Phone Screens
• Game Consoles
• DVD/Blue Ray Players
• Stereo Components
• Camera Lenses and Optics

Cleaning Electronics with a Natural Leather Chamois

Almost all modern monitors or LCD screens (flat-screen TVs, computer monitors and various other types of displays) today are made of a plastic which is much softer than glass. These types of plastic are easily etched or scratched by using cleaning cloths or chemicals that are too harsh. These types of TVs, monitors or screens should never be cleaned with any product that contains wood fiber. Wood fiber based products include paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper, etc. No matter how “soft” these types of cleaning products may feel, they will mar or scratch the plastic over time and cause it to appear “cloudy.”

Cleaning Without Chemicals Using a Natural Leather Chamois

Certain cleaning chemicals (including Windex, ammonia, alcohol, vinegar, or any other oxidizing or acidic cleaning agent) should never be used to clean flat screen TVs or computer screens. These types of chemicals will “etch” (or scratch) the plastic and/or oxidize quickly leaving the surface “cloudy”.
Use only agents specially formulated for cleaning and natural materials, such as a genuine leather chamois, to safely clean these delicate plastic surfaces. And chemicals should only be used when the screen cannot be cleaned any other way. A natural leather chamois is a safe and effective tool for cleaning electronics and delicate screens without the need for more chemicals in the home.

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Natural Leather Chamois for Vehicle Cleaning and Detailing

As with any drying product, it is extremely important that the vehicle be dried with a natural leather chamois that has been thoroughly cleaned in the “wash” process.  This ensures that the amount of residual dirt and grit that will need to be safely removed by the drying towel is minimized. A proper wash process first rinses the vehicle with clean water sprayed over the entire surface to remove larger particles and saturating and loosening and other dirt and grit.  Once the vehicle has been sprayed down, a two-bucket system with a soap bucket and a rinse bucket (with a grit guard) is then used, where the rinse water is changed as often as necessary to keep the water in the soap bucket clear.  We highly recommend one of our Natural Wool sea sponges for the washing process.  They are extremely soft, hold lots of soapy water and have lots of natural pores to pull the dirt and grit away from the surface of the finish to protect against marring or scratching the finish.

Natural Leather Chamois
Genuine Natural Leather Chamois

How to Use a Natural Leather Chamois

Before using a chamois for the first time the chamois should be properly prepared for use (refer to the page titled “Chamois Care and Maintenance” or the back of the product packaging for instructions on preparing a chamois for use).  Once the vehicle is ready to be dried, a rinse bucket, with clean water, should be prepared and the natural leather chamois drying cloth wetted and completely wrung out.  The chamois should then be shaken out or unfolded, gripped by two adjacent corners and drawn across the area to be dried.  After the chamois drying cloth becomes saturated, it should be thoroughly wrung out, rinsed in bucket of clean water, wrung out again and the process repeated until the vehicle is dry.  Not only will the chamois dry the vehicle, but it will safely remove (provided the vehicle has been properly washed) any residual dirt missed in the washing process. Special care should be given to areas in which grease or other oil-based grime may collect (such as brake dust on the rims or road tar on the under the door jams), as oil-based contaminants may stain the chamois cloth; although stains on the cloth do not effect performance    A properly prepared and maintained natural leather chamois drying cloth will shine as it dries a finish leaving the vehicle’s finish clear and bright.

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Interior with a Natural Leather Chamois

A natural leather chamois also offers a great option for cleaning your vehicles interior without the use of solvents and chemicals. A chamois is a chemical and lint free solution for removing built up grime, smudges, fingerprints, dust, etc…from windows, instruments, dashes, seats, consoles regardless of whether they are made of wood, aluminum, steel, leather, glass or plastic.  Using a chamois to clean the dash also keeps it from becoming too shiny and reflecting up on the windshield, making it harder to see the road through the glare. A chamois is also safe for use on motorcycle, ATV windshields and boat dodgers (canvas with built in see-through plastic window) and port lights and Plexiglas hatches.

Special Instructions and Troubleshooting Chamois Use

There are several common complaints about chamois use, all of which are easily avoided by simply reading and following the care and use instructions on the package.  Many of these issues are the direct results of improperly cleaning or drying of the chamois cloth. Should the chamois cloth become stained, do not attempt to clean the chamois with harsh chemicals or degreasers.  In almost every case the stains are on the hide itself and will not affect the chamois performance. Some of the most common issues include:

  • Chamois leaves streaks on the finish – If the chamois is leaving streaks on the finish it is from the excess tanning oils that have not been washed as part of the process of preparing the chamois for use, as per the instructions (see “Chamois Care and Maintenance” page or instructions on the back of packaging).  Simply follow the “Before Use” instructions on the packaging to avoid this issue, even if the chamois has already been used several times.
  • Chamois leaves lint on the finish – If a chamois cloth is leaving lint on the finish, it is because the tanning oils (or marine oils) used to protect the leather have been removed (either partly or completely) by washing the chamois in a de-greasing soap such as Dawn, Simple Green, etc…, washed in the washing machine with laundry soap (also degreasing) and/or tumbled dry with heat, or dried in direct sunlight.  Once the tanning oils have been broken down or washed out the hide, it becomes un-treated leather and, like any other untreated leather, will start to fall apart and/or rot.  Drying a chamois in a laundry dryer, with heat, or in direct sunlight will also break down the protective oils and leave the leather un-protected.
  • Chamois is no longer absorbent – (see previous)
  • Chamois has holes in it and is falling apart – (see previous) It may also be that the chamois has been bleached to remove a stain.  Bleach will dramatically affect the protective oils and the leather itself causing the chamois to fall apart very quickly.
  • Chamois is too rough or stiff – If the chamois appears to be too rough or stiff, try re-wetting the chamois and it should become soft again; if it does not then see previous.  To re-soften a chamois without rewetting, simply fold the chamois over itself several times and wring as you would when wringing out water.  Do this several times and the chamois should become as soft and pliable as it was when first purchased; if not then see previous because the chamois has been damaged.
  • Chamois will not re-soften – (see previous)

Each and every one of these common complaints is a result of improper care and maintenance of the chamois and can easily be avoided by simply following the instructions on the packaging.  With proper care, a chamois can last for years.

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Natural Leather Chamois Uses

Natural Leather Chamois have a variety of different uses. Because they are extremely absorbent, soft, and rinse out completely, they can be used to clean and dry everything from electronics to bathroom counters. Leather chamois can be used wetted or damp (wrung out) or dry (and re-softened) to clean glass, plastic, metal, paint, ceramics, finished wood, and other delicate surfaces (including clear-coats) of all types without scratching, marring or streaking. While many new drying products have been introduced over the years, the natural leather chamois drying cloth has remained the gold standard. Over time, the types of vehicles and finishes have changed, but the unique combination of characteristics that have made chamois cloths the safest, fastest and most cost effective drying towel haven’t.

Using a Natural Leather Chamois to Dry Your Vehicles

Natural leather chamois being used on Car Interior
Chamois being used on Car Interior

Chamois are ideal for drying your vehicle while saving time, effort and protecting your finish. Natural leather chamois drying cloths are extremely soft, durable, have lots of nap to pull grit away from the surface and an open fiber structure that pulls grit into the cloth (to protect the finish from scratches and marring), and more completely release that grit when rinsed (ensuring that the cloth does not become abrasive over time). Natural leather chamois are ideal for cleaning and drying cars, trucks, motorcycles, side-by-sides, 4-wheelers, power boats, kayaks, canoes, PWC, aircraft, and more

In addition to cleaning and drying vehicle exterior finishes, chamois are also great for cleaning interiors. Chamois can be used dry to remove dust, oil and grease, as well as fingerprints, from the dash, touchscreens, windows, the rear-view mirror, door panels, consoles, dash instruments, trim and leather seats.

Cleaning Electronics and with Your Natural Leather Chamois

In addition to safely drying vehicles, natural leather chamois can also be used to safely clean and protect all types of electronics. Chamois can be used damp (completely wrung out) to clean glass and hardened plastic Tablets, Phones, and Stereo, Cable, Model, DVR equipment. They can also be used dry (and if necessary re-softened) to clean Flat Screen TVs, Computer Screens, Touch Screens, and more.

Cleaning Glass and Optics Using a Natural Leather Chamois

Natural leather chamois cloths also work exceptionally well on glass and hardened plastics. Chamois cloths clean without leaving streaks or lint on hard reflective surfaces. Chamois are great for cleaning windows, mirrors, sun glasses, reading glasses, camera lenses, telescopes and other optics.

Natural Leather Chamois Household uses

Natural leather chamois also work well for household cleaning and drying. Use in the kitchen to clean appliances (they work especially well dry on stainless steel), glass cook-tops, microwaves, kitchen counters, tile backsplashes, etc… Chamois also work well for cleaning bathroom mirrors, tile, counter-tops, as well as shower doors and bathtubs.

Fuel Filtration

A dry chamois which has been soaked with clean gasoline will allow fuel to pass through its surface fibers, but not water. So, even today genuine chamois are used to filter water out of fuel. Fuel that has been stored in drums, which are notorious for allows water in, or that comes from other doubtful storage sources can be cheaply and reliably filtered using a simple genuine chamois cloth.

Natural leather chamois can be safely and effectively used for a variety of applications and will last for years if properly maintained

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What is a Natural Leather Chamois

Although once made from the skins of a goat/antelope species native to European mountains called a Chamois, chamois cloths today are made from sheepskin leather that has been tanned with marine (or fish) oils.  And, although the definition of what constitutes a “chamois” differs somewhat from country to country, the internationally accepted definition is leather prepared from sheepskin or lambskin, where the grain has been removed and tanned with fish oil  (see below for the official technical definition).

The Benefits of a Natural Leather Chamois

Genuine Natural Leather Chamois - Tanner's Select
Genuine Natural Leather Chamois
– Tanner’s Select

Pronounced “shammy”, natural leather chamois cloths are durable, absorbent and exceptionally soft.  The Chamois natural ability to quickly dry surfaces, without marring or scratching them in the process, has made them the preferred drying towel for most high-end applications.  The large amount of nap in a chamois naturally pulls dirt and grit away from the surface of the finish being dried and into the fiber of the cloth where it is effectively and safely trapped. Unlike other types of drying towels, a chamois will effectively release the trapped dirt and grit, keeping the towel from becoming abrasive over time. And unlike synthetics drying products, which are petroleum-based, a genuine leather chamois is a natural, and reoccurring, byproduct of sheep ranching for food production.

Choosing the right Chamois

Choosing a chamois often seems more confusing than it should be.  One of the most confusing things about buying a chamois is trying to determine where the sheepskin is actually from.  With even a small amount of research it will quickly be apparent that the best chamois are made from New Zealand sheep skin. However, labeling laws require that chamois be labeled as “made” in the country where they are tanned (or made into chamois cloths).  So most New Zealand sheep skin chamois will be labeled as “made” in Turkey or some other country.  It should be noted here that ALL Acme Natural Leather Chamois are MADE FROM New Zealand Sheep skins.

Another consideration when choosing a chamois is “weight”.  A heavy weight chamois may seem the obvious choice, because it will be more durable and last longer. However, a heavy weight is more difficult to squeeze the water out of and, because of that, may not release all of the dirt and grit.  A light weight chamois will not absorb as much water and will tend to have less tensile strength. A medium weight chamois, however, is the best combination of water absorption, strength, and will wring out more easily and completely.

Technical Definition of a Chamois

A chamois is defined in the US by Federal Specification KK-C-300C and further outlined in the industry adopted US Federal Standard CS99-1970; and further refined by Advisory opinion #1, Section 5, Federal Trade Commission Act. ”The necessity for splitting sheepskin is to remove the impervious grain layer so as to make the underside more receptive to tanning. Since the two layers do no stretch uniformly and will eventually rip and crumble. In any event, irrespective of the relative merits of the many processes which may be employed to produce the leather, the fact remains that the grain layer must be separated from the sheepskin flesher in order that an acceptable chamois will result.”

While The British Standard 6715: 1991 defines a chamois as “Leather made from the flesh split of sheepskin or lambskin, or from sheepskin or lambskin from which the grain (the top split) has been removed by frizing, and tanned by processes involving oxidation of marine oils in the skin.”

Chamois Care and Maintenance

Chamois Care and Maintenance

Properly caring for and maintaining a chamois will significantly extend the life of the chamois and ensure that it continues to perform as intended.  Chamois care and maintenance instructions are also provided on the packages of all of our chamois products.

Preparing a Chamois for Use

Preparing a Chamois for use in a Bucket of Soapy Water
Preparing a Chamois for use in a Bucket of Soapy Water

Before using a chamois for the first time the residual tanning oils must be removed to ensure that it will perform as intended.  The excess fats and oils that protect the chamois cloth during transport and storage, will also streak the finish if not removed. To remove the excess oils, wash the chamois in lukewarm water with a mild soap, preferably one intended for use on cars.  DO NOT USE A DEGREASING SOAP (like Dawn or Simple Green), HARSH CHEMICALS (such as bleach or ammonia) or LAUNDRY DETERGENT, as these will strip the tanning oils out of the chamois, leaving the leather unprotected and causing it to rot and fall apart.  A chamois that has been washed or cleaned with any of the above will become brittle, dry and shed pieces of itself all over the finish.  After thoroughly washing the new chamois with a car wash soap, rinse the chamois with clean water and wring out completely.  Wash, rinse, wring, replace the rinse water and repeat until the rinse water no longer has a yellow tint. Use right away, or hang up to dry in the shade.  Do not hang out to dry in direct sunlight or put away wet, or put in a plastic bag wet.

How to Use a Chamois

Although a dry chamois can feel stiff and somewhat course, rewetting a chamois will restore the softness and absorbency.  Before each use, a chamois should be rinsed with clean water and completely wrung out.  After the vehicle has been thoroughly washed (using a natural sea sponge), the wrung out chamois should be held by two corners (on the same side) and pulled across the surface to be dried.  The water on the surface will be absorbed and any dirt missed in the washing process pulled into the fibers of the cloth and safely away from the surface where it cannot mar the finish.  The chamois should then be rinsed in clean water to release any dirt and thoroughly wrung out. This process should be repeated until the entire vehicle is dry.

Cleaning and Storing a Chamois

After each use a chamois should be thoroughly washed with clean soapy water, rinsed and wrung out repeatedly until clean.  A chamois should never be washed with any type of soap not specifically intended for washing a vehicle (use only car wash soap).  Leaving a bit of soap in a chamois will not damage the leather. To dry a chamois, hang it up away from direct sunlight.  Never machine wash or tumble dry, store wet in an air-tight bag or put a chamois away wet.

If the dirt is not completely washed and rinsed from the vehicle, stains on the chamois are likely to occur.  However, as long as the cloth has been thoroughly washed and rinsed, the stains are on the hide itself and are not abrasive; so the chamois can continue to be used.

Improperly cleaned chamois

A chamois that has been improperly maintained (cleaned with harsh chemicals, degreasing soap, Washed in the washing machine, tumbled dry, or dried in the sun) will have one or all of the following characteristics:

  • Leaves streaks on the finish
  • Easily splits, cracks or develops holes
  • Will not soften when re-wetted
  • Leaves “lint” or particles on the finish

With proper care and maintenance, a genuine natural leather chamois is soft, durable and will last for years with normal use.

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How Natural Leather Chamois are Made

A genuine leather chamois is made by selecting the finest quality skins, splitting and selecting a specific layer of a sheepskin, and then tanning and buffing it to create an extremely soft, absorbent and durable drying cloth.  The unique combination of quality sheepskin and the process of tanning with marine oils make genuine leather chamois the safest and most effective solution for drying and shining delicate surfaces.

Sourcing the Sheepskin

Making a great chamois begins with the selecting the finest sheepskins, and, it is well known that, the finest sheepskins come from New Zealand. New Zealand’s extensive natural pasture, nutritious grasses, and cooler and consistent climate produces a thicker and higher quality hide.  Unlike the more arid regions which produce sheep (such as Iran, Texas, and South America), New Zealand hides, are much better suited to making chamois’ because of their protein structure, size, weight and strength.  And our New Zealand presence allows us to closely monitor the market to insure that we begin with only the highest quality skins.

Chamois Nap Closeup
Chamois Nap Closeup

Splitting the Sheepskin for a Chamois

Once selected, the process of making a natural leather chamois from the skin begins by splitting the hide. Depending on thickness, a single skin may produce 2 to 4 different “splits” or layers that can then made into a variety of different types of products. However, it is the “flesh split” of the sheepskin that is used to make a chamois cloth.

Tanning the chamois Split

The “flesh split” is then tanned with fish (or marine) oils, a process in which the long-chain proteins that are linear, tight, flat and water-neutral are converted to a more multi-dimensional, open, spongy, hydrophilic or water absorbent material, making the leather durable, absorbent and soft.  The tanning process not only changes the structure of the material, but also preserves the leather.  The marine oils used in the process of tanning a chamois not only make the cloth absorbent, but also allows it to shine a surface as it dries. Left untreated, the leather would quickly breakdowns and fall apart. It is, therefore, essential that a chamois cloth never be “cleaned” with any type of degreasing agent (including laundry detergent, Dawn, Simple Green, etc…) or chemical that could strip away the protective tanning oils.

 Creating the Chamois Nap

One of the essential properties of a quality chamois cloth is nap.  Nap allows the chamois to pull dirt and grit away from the surface of the cloth and trap it deep in the fiber, away from the delicate finish being dried. A chamois cloth’s nap is created by buffing it on a large wheel, which breaks and splits the ends of some of the surface fibers, imparting the suede like texture.

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