I myself only used tanned hides, either done myself or commercially tanned. Wet and dry, depends on what kind of critter it is. After reading some of the other posts about using DP I was doing some thinking. I know that half the deer I take in are covered in blood and mud and leaves and all kinds of other crap. Scabs and puss pockets, ticks , you name it. I wash all my capes thouroghly after tanning and then tumble in hardwood saw dust. They come out fluffy, smelling good and look great. White is very white and colors are vivid. How do DP guys clean the capes to insure that they aren't giving there customer a big stinky Sh_t bomb to hang in their house? Spraying perfume on one will mostly likely smell like a big stinky sh_t bomb with perfume on it. I watched a guy do a seminar once and the cape had dried blood on it. a person in the crowd asked how he removed it and he said he brushed them down after they were dry. Doesn't seem like a good method of cleaning to me.