ANIMAL SKINS

Cautions:

  1. Always inspect and pretest. Note all pre-existing damage. Document and photograph
    existing conditions.
  2. Check if the animal hair is rotten. If the hair is rotten, it will come off the skin when
    agitated.
  3. Is the skin stiff, dry, stained and or cracking?
  4. Is the fur oxidized (yellowed)? Animal fur is never white, Photograph fur with a white sheet
    of paper to show the degree of yellowing in a “before” photo.
  5. Is the fur matted?
  6. Do not use solvent; doing so may damage plastic eyes, tongue, teeth etc. and/or dry-out
    the skin.
  7. Avoid heat both when washing and drying.
  8. Never use alkaline cleaners, stay on the acid side. We strongly recommend L.S.T.
  9. Are skins sewn together? Be careful of the stitching.
  10. Fabric backings must be removed. Quote price for replacement.

 

Cleaning procedures:

  1. Do not run through duster or Badger.
  2. Air dust only, or beat face (hair side) with a stick or rug whip on pole, or turn rug upside
    down and have four people hold one of each corner and shake.
  3. Thoroughly flush with water.
  4. Apply diluted L.S.T. solution and hand brush in over entire piece, both sides.
  5. Rinse with clean water and use a weighted roller to help flush out soil.
  6. Use a weighted roller to push soil and shampoo off rug during rinse.
  7. If using a flat bed washer: (piece can have no head or paws) Run through washer on
    padding to prevent pin marks, with no brushes, no soap; only fresh water.
  8. After ringing or extracting apply diluted (50/50 with water) leather conditioner to skin side.
  9. Periodically during the drying process, roll skin side with roller to soften skin. Do not
    skip this step.
  10. Do not dry in a Dry Room – NO HEAT
  11. Dry skin side up with air mover on tack out floor on top of upholstery quilt.
  12. Reapply leather conditioner and roll to soften skin. Repeat if necessary.
  13. Groom hair side with a Flokati comb or Grandi Groomer.
  14. If pelt has yellowing: Spray with diluted “Urine Odor and Stain Remover” (3% hydrogen
    peroxide) and place in the sun to dry or use an ultraviolet light (UVA 315 to 400 nm).
    Check for color change every 15 minutes. Reapply if needed.

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