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I received 6 used strops. All the linens need cleaning. I usually use ivory soap and a brush. The linen usually shrinks 1/2 to 3/4 inch. On one of the strops a C-Mon Master the linen is thickly encrusted. What cleaning products are safe?
Jay my AV friend.1) You have to clean them with a pure soap.Then ,in a basin add warm( no hot)
water for example 5 liters plus one kilo sifted wood ash.Linens should be stay soaked for 24 hrs.After rinsing should be white like the snow. Thats the safest and more traditional method.
Thank you for the information and help. I worked up the nerve to wash the strop. This one is going to be a project. The crust is rouge and not water soluble. I have used alcohol in the solution and that is helping. The strop is soaking and I will go out and shop for some stronger soap.
I used Blast a non chlorine powdered bleach with Borax and Costco liquid soap. It took five washings to get the strop clean. The second strop was no problem in comparison. I will wash the strops 2 at a time so I do not mix up the hardware and leather.
I have a similarly treated vintage strop; heavy reddish, caked on stuff, completely impervious to water and normal detergents. I finally took the, somewhat extreme, step of soaking it in virgin lacquer thinner, allowing it to soak and changing the fluid several times. IIRC it ended up soaking for days on end. I even took to "smacking" the stuff out of it by swinging it through the air in such a manner that it would hit a clean board evenly along its length with a very satisfactory "smack" sound and leave a bunch of whatever the hell that stuff was behind.
It removed about 90% of the stuff in it, but not enough to make me want to actually use it.
I'm intrigued by the wood-ash step, but in all honesty,I have a surplus of strops now (cant remember the last time I use a strop progression) so I'll try to keep the idea in mind come spring.
I have to consider my self lucky in getting the strop clean. Rubbing alcohol helped a lot and repeated brushing and soaking in Blast and liquid soap worked on that one. The others should come clean they just look like normal lax care.