Hutchings & Harding Ltd

Chamois leather

Genuine chamois leather is a unique and natural product. Selected sheepskins are 100% cod oil tanned to give the luxurious, golden, soft finish that can absorb six times its weight of water. Hutchings & Harding chamois has the reputation for quality, still manufactured in the traditional method to ensure high performance and durability.

Chamois leather can be cut to regular shape, squares or whole skins. The leather is individually sized and graded to meet every market requirement. We have a continuing programme of new packaging designed for distributors, together with our own brand Veltex® or private label packaging in which to present our leather.

Genuine chamois leather is still the most reliable and trusted product for drying and cleaning. Scientific analysis now confirms the age-old natural qualities of chamois: the softness and the unique absorption.

We regularly test our products at the renowned BLC Leather Technology Centre. We meet BS 6715:1991 and all equivalent international standards. Learn more about our Veltex® range of chamois leather from the following video.

High-quality chamois leather can be expensive, so why should you buy the real thing when you can get cheaper substitutes? Genuine chamois leather is a natural product which has unique properties enabling it to absorb not only water but also dirt. This is vitally important when you wash your car because residue and leftover dirt can cause the finish to look dull or, in the worst cases, scratch the paintwork. Synthetic chamois, whilst very good at emulating the drying properties of a chamois leather, does not absorb the dirt from the surface and therefore may smear it.

Caring for your chamois leather
You need to care for chamois leather in order to get the best out of it. Contrary to popular belief, storing a chamois leather wet in a jar or sealed bag will cause it to deteriorate quickly and leave it virtually useless. This is because chamois leather is tanned with fish oil, giving it its unique smell and also enhancing its absorption. Storing the chamois wet causes the skin to naturally deteriorate. Likewise, if a detergent (such as washing up liquid) is used to rinse the chamois, it will remove the oil oxidised into the skin during the tanning process, leaving it (once dry) hard and brittle and less likely to freely absorb both dirt and water.

The best way to look after your chamois, after washing your car, is to rinse it well with warm water and lather it with a bar of soap (just an ordinary bar of soap as you would use to wash your hands). Rinse the soap and dirt from the chamois under warm water and lather the soap in again. Without rinsing in clean water, squeeze it dry and leave the skin to dry naturally, away from direct heat. Leaving the soap in the skin helps to keep it supple and soft. The next time you need to use your chamois, rinse it in warm water, squeeze it dry and it is ready for use.

Hutchings & Harding Ltd 163 High Street, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3HN, UK | T +44 (0)1223 832 281 | E chamois@chamois.com