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Old 04-09-2019, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning up a seal sporran

I have a very nicely made old seal sporran...nice ‘white’ young seal skin gone more yellow-y after prob 4+ decades..( I bought it used about 10 yrs ago).
I washed It once with baby shampoo years ago ...wondering if it had old..ugh..cigarette smoke on it. Meh...no great improvement.

I noticed recently in daylight it does seem rather ‘old’....wondering if anyone has tried eg. a mild peroxide solution, ladies hair lightener, etc... to lighten of any other home remedies.

REMAIN CALM.....at my age and experience level I’m not going to do anything dastardly.... just posing the question. I don’t wish to get it screaming white...just a bit less dingy.

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Old 04-09-2019, 09:29 AM   #2
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Put it in a bag of pinhead oatmeal. Leave for several days & then brush firmly with a medium/stiff bristled brush.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:34 AM   #3
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Put it in a bag of pinhead oatmeal. Leave for several days & then brush firmly with a medium/stiff bristled brush

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Hmmm ...then smoked oatmeal for breakfast ....🤮

Thanks Roddy....Iíll give it a try.
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Hmmm ...then smoked oatmeal for breakfast ....🤮
Don't be absurd!!! No, you roll herring in it for your tea!

Seriously though - this method does have some success.
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Don't be absurd!!! No, you roll herring in it for your tea!

Seriously though - this method does have some success.
Soon as I locate some pinhead oatmeal....better than herring heads I should wager.
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Old 04-09-2019, 02:26 PM   #6
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Default Re: Cleaning up a seal sporran

I have been collecting and trading sporrans for many years.
To clean fur...a bit of baby shampoo on a damp wash cloth and gently massage into just the fur. DO NOT WET THE LEATHER part of the pelt.
Immediately dry fur with clean dry cloth...and gently brush...use hair dryer set on air-only.

Hair products to lighten will only further add to the damage that the pelt tanning has started.

Horse hair sporrans are another topic of cautionary tales of Ďtailsí.
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:20 AM   #7
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Don't be absurd!!! No, you roll herring in it for your tea!

Seriously though - this method does have some success.
Wonder could I use plain olí oatmeal...and run it through a grinder first. I have a shedload.
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Wonder could I use plain olí oatmeal...and run it through a grinder first. I have a shedload.
Donít see why not. Itís about the dirt absorbing quality of the oatmeal and obviously the smaller the particles, the more they will penetrate into the pelt picking up more debris and staining when you brush it out.
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Donít see why not. Itís about the dirt absorbing quality of the oatmeal and obviously the smaller the particles, the more they will penetrate into the pelt picking up more debris and staining when you brush it out.
Step one...grind up a few cups of oatmeal...check.

Pack it all in a zip lock bag ..slightly open...check

Iíll let you know next week how it looks.

I guess Iím hopeful,.but not expecting a huge change...the seal fur is not really Ďdirtyí ...only years of airborne stuff on it. Though usually worn only 5-6 times a year. Iím sure the process will make it less dingy.
I think itís the fur itself that has yellowed a bit.
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Good approach with oatmeal first.
And yes, white fur will darken with age...and dark fur can bleach out over time.
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