Chamois leather: a piece of nostalgia or a classic?
When it comes to chamois, there is a different of opinion, regardless of age or region. We think it's good that we now have tools that make some work faster and easier. But it's also good that we have chamois leather.
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That old classic chamois divides cleaning specialists into two camps. For some, chamois is as much a part of the job as are Amens in church. Others prefer microfibre cloths. And, of course, there are those who go both ways. Depending on the type of work, sometimes one is better and faster. So, three camps.
When it comes to chamois, there is a different of opinion, regardless of age or region. Chamois has been used for window cleaning for almost as long as people have had windows. In the case of classic casement windows still common in old buildings and palaces, chamois is considered by many to be unbeatable.
Probably all of you have used chamois in your work, at least in your apprenticeships. "Making a doll" or "laying a wedge" are some of the traditional ways of forming a tip on the leather. A technique that remains relevant to this day. It won't do any harm to show your own apprentices how to do it. Or show them this video.
The right rinsing and drying technique also affects streaks and service life. For example, black spots from the rubber lips of the windows can be rubbed out with curd soap. Don't forget to rinse afterwards with clear water. After work, lay over the bucket to dry. Never over radiators, since drying the chamois too fast will make it brittle.
A good chamois attains the perfect smoothness over time, after being used for several weeks over enough window area. To speed things up, colleagues recommend kneading and fulling the new leather in fine-grained, clay-free gravel sludge. In order to remove the remaining tannic acid from the leather, others put their chamois in salt water overnight and then wash it carefully. Other recommend washing it in lukewarm water until the tannins are flushed out. You'll have to give all of these a try to decide what delivers the best result for you. As I said, chamois divides the world of window cleaners into several camps.
By the way, UNGER chamois are made of high-quality sheepskin in a chamois cut. With good care, a chamois leather will last for many years.
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