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Old June 4th, 2008, 10:46 AM
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Default Cleaning a leather hose.

Question: Could a normal hose be washed with high purity ethyl alcohol or some other alcohol that would evaporate rapidly? I know that alcohol is used as a cleaner on parts of machines that can not rust because if it is a high enough concentration there is almost no water to oxidize the metal and it evaporates very quickly.

My only concern is that the use of alcohol would harm the leather.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 10:51 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a leather hose.

with leather hoses I usually replace them after a couple of months of use. I used to run water through them and see some godawful junk come out so I would have to toss them. I have friends who still use the same leather hoses they have had for years though and I will not smoke at their house
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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a leather hose.

Eh I wouldn't try, especially since almost all leather hoses are not washable. You will end up with rust and it won't be fun Even if the leather hose seems dry, there are parts inside the hose that won't be.

Just get a new hose if you feel that the old leather hose has reached the end of its life
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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a leather hose.

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Eh I wouldn't try, especially since almost all leather hoses are not washable. You will end up with rust and it won't be fun Even if the leather hose seems dry, there are parts inside the hose that won't be.

Just get a new hose if you feel that the old leather hose has reached the end of its life
Rust isn't his concern since he was wanting to use an alcohol and not water. However, just replace them since it's not that expensive. Unless it's a KM then your probably paying more for the alcohol.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:33 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a leather hose.

True in regards to the price of such highly distilled alcohol. Just a thought. I am replacing all my leathers as they die with washables and I figured that having these relatively new leather hoses sitting around would be a good chance for experimenting.

One is already dead (chair leg crimped it) and will be gutted and converted into a washable.
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Default Re: Cleaning a leather hose.

I think the alcohol would dry out the leather and cause the hose to pretty much fall apart...I'm no expert, but hell, I guess it WOULD be worth a try with a hose you are going to throw out anyway...
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Old June 4th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning a leather hose.

I'd say give it a try with the one that got crimped, then let us all know how it worked. I am sooo curious about it, but I have no leather hoses to try this on. Well with whatever you decide to do I hope you come out on top in the end. All of my washables are fantastic whenever they start to smell funky give em a wash and they are neutral again.
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