Hello, I have noticed lately that certain spots on some of my tack get these weird dark, almost grungy looking spots in certain areas when I'm applying a damp cloth. If I rub, it gets worse. However, they pretty much disappear after the entire cleaning once the leather is dry. I've noticed, however, that in those spots, the leather has a matte finish, where the rest is shiny. On my saddle, it is on the seat (and my seat bones tend to wear a pattern in the seat after a ride, but it disappears after a cleaning). I have a nearly new girth that does this on one of the little leather tabs on the elastic end as well. [/IMG] This is my cleaning process (any advice you may have on this would be greatly appreciated as well!): 1. Wipe down with a damp cloth (my cloths are cheap dishcloths from Wal-Mart at the moment). 2. Apply Fiebing's saddle soap with a separate damp cloth. 3. Wipe off the saddle soap with the first damp cloth (water only). 4. Apply Lexol leather conditioner, or if the leather is dry, Effax Lederbalsam. 5. Allow to dry. Thank you!