can you over dry a cape

Submitted by paul on 11/15/04 at 11:13 PM. ( )

sometimes in our humid climate its real tough to get our capes drie
d i then park a dehumidifier near them, they can get very dry, but we usually get them so we can still fold them to package and send out for tanning, if they get to hard we just let them out and within a day or so the salt will pull moisture out of the air and they become pliable again, my ? is can you dry them too hard? ive read the recent posts on how long to store a dried cape, and the breaking down of the fibers, but could we be overdrying and braking down the fibers, weakening the cape so to speak, never had any problems to this point. would be interested in some comments, thanks

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Salt dried capes

This response submitted by Evelyn on 11/16/04 at 8:35 AM. ( )

the only way to break the fibers on a hard dried cape is if you are trying to fold it once it is already too stiff. If you just leave it alone in a dry place no fiber will be damaged. Just don't try to fold it or roll it once it is stiff and you'll be just fine. So all folding should be done prior to the cape getting extremely stiff.

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