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So, I own a Apinestars textile jacket. Me, being the nonthinker that I am at times, bought a one with white on it. This particular jacket you can't wash, can't dry clean, or anything of the sort - it has to be hand washed. Well, it's covered in bugs - it shows up especially on the white. Last time I cleaned it I used Dawn soap and warm water, and toothbrush. It was painstaking. Well, it's way more covered now than last time. So... does anyone have tricks for cleaning textile? Any special chemicals? Any special tools? Anything at all? Next time I'm not buying white that's for sure!

(Oh, and if you have tips for cleaning leather I'd appreciative of those as well - since I just bought my first full leather jacket the other day.)

Thanks in advance!
 

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Ugh... That sucks. When I was in the store buying all my gear for the first time I listened to a clerk talk a guy out of buying a white jacket for this exact reason. I wish I could help you but I got nothing. So sorry.
As far as leather goes you can use the same process you mentioned. Soapy water, mild soap that is, and any old cloth. My son went through the stage where he was hell on my leather interior. Nothing like a chocolate milk, juice box, smashed skittle cocktail to make the job fun. Just make sure you keep it conditioned. This will help keep the stains from setting and shed water when you're caught in the rain. I would condition it even before the first wear. It also helps soften it up so it contours to your body better and makes it more comfortable to wear. Hope you enjoy the new jacket!
 

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Ugh... That sucks. When I was in the store buying all my gear for the first time I listened to a clerk talk a guy out of buying a white jacket for this exact reason. I wish I could help you but I got nothing. So sorry.
As far as leather goes you can use the same process you mentioned. Soapy water, mild soap that is, and any old cloth. My son went through the stage where he was hell on my leather interior. Nothing like a chocolate milk, juice box, smashed skittle cocktail to make the job fun. Just make sure you keep it conditioned. This will help keep the stains from setting and shed water when you're caught in the rain. I would condition it even before the first wear. It also helps soften it up so it contours to your body better and makes it more comfortable to wear. Hope you enjoy the new jacket!
Thanks so much! Do you recommend any particular type of conditioner?
 

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Leather cleans good with saddle soap and rubbing follow instructions on the container. Mink oil might cause a little darkening but if you work it even it is also water repellent. I have always used diluted Simple Green to clean all my riding gear. Not sure if this helps just adding info to the thread :)
 

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Leather cleans good with saddle soap and rubbing follow instructions on the container. Mink oil might cause a little darkening but if you work it even it is also water repellent. I have always used diluted Simple Green to clean all my riding gear. Not sure if this helps just adding info to the thread :)
Saddle soap for the leather, and Simple Green for the texile. I'll give it a go! As for the mink oil, I may just go with plain 'ol leather conditioner for simplicity sake. Thank you! I really appreciate it!
 

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I use simple green on everything! Love that stuff. Buy it by the gallon.
I use this stuff for my leather. It's not oily and so it doesn't bleed, while at the same time give a nice shine/wet look. They carry it in most leather stores or you can order it here.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003IS3HV0?pc_redir=1409460310&robot_redir=1
Awesome! Simple Green is sounding like the ticket. That Honey Leather Conditioner looks to be good stuff. I'll check around and see find I can find a store that supplies it. Thanks a ton!
 

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haley buy a wind screen 90% less bugs on your jacket.
 

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haley buy a wind screen 90% less bugs on your jacket.
I want to desperately, but the one I like isn't for sale yet - and I don't want to settle for something I'm not 100% sold on. But I will as soon as the Puig carbon fiber is out! :)
 

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Leather cleans good with saddle soap and rubbing follow instructions on the container. Mink oil might cause a little darkening but if you work it even it is also water repellent. I have always used diluted Simple Green to clean all my riding gear. Not sure if this helps just adding info to the thread :)
The Simple Green worked amazingly! Now, I'm buying a windscreen, and hoping that cuts down on these bugs consuming my white jacket.
 

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Murphy's Oil Soap works very good on leather. Does a good job cleaning without drying it out. Easy to find, too and fairly cheap :) Lexol is a spray conditioner that works great for conditioning leather, but not really for cleaning. Works awesome on dried leather to soften it back up again.
 

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Murphy's Oil Soap works very good on leather. Does a good job cleaning without drying it out. Easy to find, too and fairly cheap :) Lexol is a spray conditioner that works great for conditioning leather, but not really for cleaning. Works awesome on dried leather to soften it back up again.
Appreciate the insight. I haven't heard of Lexol, but I'll keep an eye out for it! Thanks so much!
 

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Lexol is very popular with equestrians, places like TSC or any saddle shop may have it. There are also leather cleaning wipes that you can buy, like baby wipes but for leather. Very convenient for a quick wipe after a buggy ride :)
 

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Lexol is very popular with equestrians, places like TSC or any saddle shop may have it. There are also leather cleaning wipes that you can buy, like baby wipes but for leather. Very convenient for a quick wipe after a buggy ride :)
Got a TSC right down the road - I'll check it out. I just used leather wipes today, that both clean and condition, and they actually worked great. I'll hit up the heavier stuff soon. Thanks again!
 
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