Why is Soda Ash sticking to hides?

Submitted by Grandma Nancy on 8/17/05 at 4:40 PM. ( fulker@allstream.net )

Hope someone can help...........my arms are aching! I am helping my son with is Tanning Business, he tans and I brush and groom the hides, we are having trouble with the soda ash (baking soda) sticking to the fur. It requires alot of brushing sometimes as long as 2 hours, hope someone has a solution to this problem. Thanks

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This response submitted by = on 8/17/05 at 6:33 PM. ( )

You have to dissolve the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) completely in warm water before you add it to your neutralizing bath.
Same for sodium carbonate, aka soda ash.
You never brush on a soda powder.


This response submitted by Grandma Nancy on 8/18/05 at 6:47 AM. ( fulker@allstream.net )

I'm sorry I should have been clearer, I am not brushing on the soda ash, I am brushing the fur after the tanning process is complete. Thanks for the info.

Nancy, you were clear to anyone who could read

This response submitted by George on 8/18/05 at 10:28 AM. ( georoof@aol.com )

This equal (=) character has just shown up and been giving a lot of bull for answers. Accidentally, he was partially correct. It sounds as if you're leaving your hide in the bath and adding baking soda to the solution. This allows the baking soda to clump into the hair before dissolving. You can eliminate this by removing the hide and allowing it to drip over a bucket while you neutralize your solution. Then reintroduce the hide to the solution. OR, you could dissolve the baking soda in warm water and pour it into the solution as you stir it and the hide.

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