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How do I clean a stinky leather scull cap?

My leather scull cap is smelling sour, like gym gear waiting too long to be washed.
How do I clean it? I think I have a can of saddle soap. Can I use that?
Then what do I use to recondition the leather? Thanks for any suggestions.

On a related topic, since cloth is easier to clean than leather, should I get some cloth scull caps to wear inside helmet to absorb sweat and prolong helmet life? If so, do I get cotton, silk or something else.

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Only a true biker would know what a skull cap is.
The same cleaner you use on a leather jacket will work.
You can get a kit at your Harley dealer for around $15.00
with cleaner and conditioner.
 
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I use Ivory soap, either the bar or laundry flakes, and cool to lukewarm water; never use hot water. Wet the cap well, rub the Ivory soap all over it, and rub the skullcap between your hands to work the soap into the leather. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat as needed until it smells clean. Make sure all the soap has been rinsed out. Take the wet cap, lay it between the folds of a towel and press the excess water out of it. Remove from the towel, shape it to it's prewashed form, and place it somewhere out of the sun to dry. Somewhere where it will dry rapidly but without too much heat is ideal. Once dry, get some Sno-Seal leather treatment (available at many shoe and sporting goods stores), and rub it into the leather. Lay the cap in the sun or heat it with a hair dryer on low heat. This will help the leather absorb the Sno-Seal. Keep applying Sno-Seal and heating the leather until it won't absorb any more. Rub any excess Sno-Seal off with a terry cloth rag and you are good to go. The Sno-Seal preserves and waterproofs the leather, yet still allows it to "breathe". One small container will last a long, long time.

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Only a true biker would know what a skull cap is.
The same cleaner you use on a leather jacket will work.
You can get a kit at your Harley dealer for around $15.00
with cleaner and conditioner.
Or maybe I'm a noobie. I looked it up on Google images but there appear to be several different types...
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for a cloth material i recommend poly propoline (i spelled that wrong) the same material in heally hansen long johns



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Or maybe I'm a noobie. I looked it up on Google images but there appear to be several different types...
Think what he's referring to is either 1. like a baseball cap with no brim, made out of leather, or 2. something similar but with long ends you can tie behind the head. The first is usually worn under a helmet to keep the liner clean, the other is usually worn without a helmet.

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Think what he's referring to is either 1. like a baseball cap with no brim, made out of leather, or 2. something similar but with long ends you can tie behind the head. The first is usually worn under a helmet to keep the liner clean, the other is usually worn without a helmet.

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A leather scull cap? .....sounds pretty gay.

I'd just throw it away and get a new one...preferably one made out a washable material.

The "polypropolene" ones are nice when it is cold, but just a regualar cotton one works well.

I am guessing you are not riding around with just the scull cap but are wearing it under your helmet right? To keep your hair looking good or to keep your helmet from getting funky, right?

The kind that tie behind the head are not technically "skull caps" they are what my boys here call "doo rags"....


They also make some out of nylon ...like panty hose material, these are more for avoiding "helmet hair" than protecting your helmet from funky smells.








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My leather scull cap helps keep the helmet liner cleaner, and also makes the helmet fit a little tighter, so it doesn`t try to float off my head at speed. It serves double duty as a cap to keep my bald pate from sunburning when the helmet comes off.

I have a light colored, heavy weight cotton denim welders cap that is constructed the same as the leather scull cap, with a sort of diamond shaped short tail and ties like shoe laces at the back.

I have not heard of or seen the polypropolyne caps. However that material does wick moisture away from the skin so would probably be comfortable and keep sweat from running into your eyes.

Thanks for all your suggestions. I will probably get another leather as well as a polypropolyne one, and test them in rotation to find what I like best.

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