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  • Ever wondered what would happen if you machine wash a chammy?
  • Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Accidentally threw the chammy in last night with the wash mitt and the micro fibre cloths.

    Thought I’d found an old dog treat in the door seal, then a couple more. That was it. The rest seems to have dissolved. Nothing in the filter either. Thought there might have been more evidence (and consequence) of my error but it seems not. They just dissolve.

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    what brand’s that, and WTF do you wash them with ?

    I machine wash mine always. No bother at all

    … do you mean a proper leather chammy ?

    Premier Icon muddy@rseguy
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    … do you mean a proper leather chammy ?

    or, indeed, a chamois…

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    It’ll be wrapped round the inside of the drum or behind the seal!

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Some simoniz thing which claimed to be a genuine Chamois.

    Washed like most other stuff. In the machine with some bio powder

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    I know they’re slippery when wet, but are they really going to get behind the seal?

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    or, indeed, a chamois…

    or, indeed, a small portion of its skin..

    Premier Icon pyranha
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    The one you had dissolved, but I don’t think that’s normal – was it very old? For context, back before shorts had synthetic pads, the pad was commonly chamois leather, and generally came out of the wash rather stiff, and needed chamois cream (or Vaseline, if you didn’t have anything else) to soften it and make it flexible enough to be comfortable. I had a pair on which the pad had cracked because it was crumpled (probably repeatedly) while dry, which was very uncomfortable until softened – much less disposable income in those days meant things had to be used until they really wore out!

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    As and old school window cleaner in the late 60s I can tell you a proper chamois can take a lot of abuse. Would take a couple of months to wear one through.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    It was new out of the packet that day. I’m really surprised, I thought they’d be more evidence.

    I remember treating the pads in my shorts with cream to soften them again.

    I also remember a mate who said you weren’t supposed to wash cycling shorts because of that. 🤦🏽‍♂️

    Premier Icon pyranha
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    I also remember a mate who said you weren’t supposed to wash cycling shorts because of that

    I take it he normally rode solo?

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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     For context, back before shorts had synthetic pads, the pad was commonly chamois leather, and generally came out of the wash rather stiff, and needed chamois cream (or Vaseline, if you didn’t have anything else) to soften it and make it flexible enough to be comfortable

    Ah this takes me back. I remember before one TT I’d not sorted out softening it after a wash on the shorts I took with me, glad it was only a 10 miler!

    Premier Icon Vader
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    Was expecting a thread about a Labour peer

    Am disappoint

    Premier Icon BearBack
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    I’ve had them fall apart when left in a bucket of suds for rather longer than I should have.
    It’s been about 15 years since I last used a real chamois on my “drive then wash then polish” car.. California blades all the way now.

    Premier Icon sirromj
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    So has anyone actually wondered about this in the past and this thread has now answered all your questions!? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    I’m just amazed that is bike down enough to wash out of the machine.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    As and old school window cleaner in the late 60s I can tell you….

    🎶…..what I  can see when I’m cleaning windows.🎵

    Premier Icon Sui
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    Have you tried leaving it in a bucket of cold water? I had this happen before, and it was something to do with the heat, it expanded and pretty much went back to normal..

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    but are they really going to get behind the seal

    No a sealion is their preferred Pinniped

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