I have a red fox pelt that I had tanned at a tannery. The red fox pelt came back from the tannery in excellent shape except for one thing: The pelt has a strong smell to it. Does anyone know what would be the best product to use to remove the oder?
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Is it a fox smell or is it a chemical type smell from tanning? either way they it should go away with time. The fox shouldn't have any fox (gland)smell to it if tanned right. Air it out or put it on the fluff cycle (cool air) cycle in a drier. be carfull not to tumble to much.
Sounds like a dog fox and the musky smell of urine, skunk, and their inexplicable habit of rolling in foul smelling, rotten things often leaves that stench. Wash it in a GOOD SOAP, spin dry it, then wash it quickly in water with Downy clothes softener and then respin it. Tumble in corncob grit, and blow dry. No dog smell, only the sweet smell of clothes softener.
As Dean asked, does it smell of tanning or as George asked does it smell of dog? If its the latter get a new tannery. Commerically tanned hides or capes should not have any oder except tanning oil smell of leather, will go away with time.