Skarzs the Cave Troll
So, I have a leather apron for forging, and I really like it because it helps keep my clothes clean. However, it's gotten to a point where, at the end of the day, when I wipe my hand on the apron, my hand is dirtier than when I was actually forging.
My question is whether anyone has cleaned their aprons at all. It's leather, so I don't want to run it under water for fear of stiffening it. What I'm thinking I might do is wipe it down with a wet rag with some soap, then without soap, and then brush it with a stiff brush, possibly a broom.

Any ideas or experience on this?
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Metalmelt
There are leather cleaners and saddle soap. I think I would look for saddle soap, because I think saddles get pretty dirty. After cleaning, use some mink oil to keep it supple. 
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Anthony San Miguel
I agree with Metalmelt. Saddle soap and mink oil.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Mm. They'd probably have those at the leather shop, but if anyone were on a budget and couldn't afford some specialty cleaners, that's what I'm wondering about.
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Hank Rearden
Metalmelt nailed it.
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Anthony San Miguel
Walmart has both products in their shoe department. Probably total less than $10 for both.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Anthony San Miguel wrote:
Walmart has both products in their shoe department. Probably total less than $10 for both.
Cool.

Thanks for the help, guys.
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mtforge
I use Pecard Classic Leather Dressing for my leather apron, leather leggings and leather on my bellows.
https://www.pecard.com/product/classic-leather-dressing/
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jmccustomknives
Clean 'em?  I want mine to be as dirty and stinky as possible.  Makes it look like I've been working.  [biggrin]

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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Well, what I said was clean, not bleach, so it'll certainly look like they're used for work. Besides, as soon as I'm done cleaning it, it's going right back on to be used at the forge. [biggrin]
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retter
I have heard that a mild soapy solution might work. Use a few drops of unscenetd liquid soap to create the soap solution. Wipe the apron with a damp sponge soaked in warm soapy water and then dry the apron with a soft cloth. 
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Hank Rearden
You might look for some saddle soap at a local tack shop.
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