White buff leather is
probably the most difficult item to keep clean. I have put together
a bit of a method on cleaning your white buff belting. If
caught early enough, packing tape applied to a smudge can lift off
the smudge. I have also learned that Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works fairly
well on spots.
Below describes cleaning the entire belt.
Wire Brush (Make sure it is NOT Brass)
Clay (Can be bought at any pottery supply place very
Place belt in warm water and
make sure it is thoroughly wet. Do not use hot
Cover the belt with the mild
Using the fine wire brush,
brush the detergent into the belt thoroughly.
Remember to do both sides and brush back and forth
length ways to the leather. You may have to add a bit of
water to the belt.
Rinse the belt thoroughly.
Use slightly warm water but make sure it is not hot.
Sprinkle the white clay onto
the wet belt.
Brush the white clay into the
belt thoroughly. You may have to add a bit of
water while doing this.
Let the belt dry with the
white clay still on the surface of the belt. Keep an eye
on it as it will need to be brushed when it is mostly
dry but still slightly damp.
Brush all of the extra pipe
clay off of the belting. If it is slightly damp
still, the dust will not go up into the air as much.
A vacuum may also be a bit handy at this point.
Wipe the dry belt with a dry
clean towel. Try to get as much of the surface pipe clay
off as possible.
The finished belt is now
white again! There may be a bit of white rub off
onto your uniform but it brushes off fairly easily.