How To Properly Clean Your Chamois

If the vehicle is not washed and rinsed thoroughly, stains on the chamois are likely to occur.  However, if the chamois is thoroughly rinsed, the particulate will be released when wrung out.  And though the stain may remain, it is on the hide and is not abrasive.  

After each use a natural leather chamois should be washed completely with clean soapy water, rinsed thoroughly and wrung out repeatedly until clean.  It should then be hung up to air dry away from direct sunlight.

Clean the Chamois with Car Wash Soap Rinse the Chamois Thoroughly Wring out the Chamois to Remove Excess Water Hang the Chamois up to Dry








Never wash a chamois with any type of soap not specifically designed for washing a vehicle, use only car wash soap.  Leaving a little soap in a chamois when storing will not damage the leather.  Never machine wash or tumble dry a chamois. 


Effects of Improperly Cleaning a Chamois

Improperly Cleaned ChamoisA chamois that has been “cleaned” improperly will quickly break down and, like any leather product, will rot, shed and eventually fall apart.  Many types of detergents will strip away the natural oils used in the tanning process and significantly shorten the effective life of the chamois cloth.

Do not clean a chamois with any of the following

  • Harsh chemicals (bleach, ammonia, etc…)
  • Any type of degreaser (Dawn, Simple Green, etc…)
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish washer Detergent
  • Any type of bathroom cleaner
  • Any alcohol based cleaner

Characteristics of a Chamois that has been improperly cleaned include:

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


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