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How to Soften Old Cow Hide

If you’ve been looking for an antique piece of cowhide, you may wonder how to soften old cowhide. In this article, we’ll discuss Pre-tanning, Steam cleaning, and Curing. Once you know how to soften old cowhide, you’ll be ready to purchase the hide of your dreams. Before you begin, read over the following information to prepare the hide for sale. You might also want to read our articles on Mink oil, Steam cleaning, and Pre-tanning cowhide.

Curing of cowhide

Cowhide tanned to perfection can be reclaimed. The old hide must be salted to kill bacteria and keep it from deteriorating. The hide must also be kept away from direct sunlight and heat for at least two weeks. Rinse it off after a week and recur the curing process. Then, use saddle soap or mink oil to replace the oils lost during the curing process. Rub the mixture into the cowhide until it becomes soft. If you wish to add more color, you can also rub peanut oil on the hide.


The best way to preserve the softness of an old cowhide during tanning is to flesh it out before you begin the process. This involves removing excess fat, muscle, and flesh from the hide. It is extremely important to do this carefully and properly. You must avoid using power tools to perform the process. In addition, cutting corners will damage the leather. Pre-tanning an old cowhide is a complex process that takes several hours to complete.

Mink oil

Mink oil penetrates the pores of the leather and repels moisture. Since it is a nonpolar substance, it floats to the top of the water. Mink oil is a good conditioner for leather and is recommended by the makers of Armstrong’s All Naturals, a brand that sells all-natural products. However, mink oil is highly flammable and should only be used sparingly.

Steam cleaning

Whether you want to restore a cowhide rug or clean a spill, there are a few things you should know about steam cleaning an old cowhide. This natural material can be very difficult to clean. The best way to get rid of stubborn stains is to apply a mild soap solution to a spot sponge and scrub the area gently. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and allow to dry. To prolong the life of the cowhide rug, you should clean it at least once a month.

Avoiding high-traffic areas for cowhide rugs

While cowhide rugs are durable and can be used almost anywhere, it is important to avoid high-traffic areas if you’d like your rug to last. It is important to keep cowhide rugs out of high-traffic areas as they can be slippery on any floor surface. Also, cowhide rugs can curl up in certain areas, making them a tripping hazard.

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