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What is the best way to clean a Western saddle?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by Nikki., May 3, 2004.

  1. Nikki.

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    I am new to cleaning saddles.I am just wondering which is the best way to clean them properly?Any information will be appreciated! pony
     
  2. Blistering Winds

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    You are talking leather right?

    I have some LEATHER NEW that I use. Basically you spray it ALL over the saddle on the leather, take a dry washcloth ( I like them better) and scrub scrub scrub, then wipe excess off. On REALLY dirty saddles, add more soap/conditioner and repeat.

    Leather New is both a soap and conditioner. Don't have to add anything else.

    Works on both light and dark saddles.
     
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    all i really use is saddle soap hmm whats the name????? ill get it and i rub it in itreally makes it flexible hope this helps :) works for me
     
  4. Nikki.

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    Thanks!!! That was very helpful. I was told to dip the saddle in water and use soap and water. then make sure the saddle dries right away.
     
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    its safer to use saddle soap....only use water if its synthetic...someone i knew used the water technique and ruined her saddle
     
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    Neatsfoot is a good penetrating oil, Lexol is a decent general conditioner. If your saddle squeaks, it needs to be oiled, then cap it w/ saddle soap. If there's an evasive squeak in the depths of the tree, try a light dusting of baby powder between the leather flaps & tree. And Murphy's oil soap is a SOAP more than an oil, a common mistake/ misconception. (It cleans, it doesn't oil per se.)
     
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    I love leather new! Be careful when using neatsfoot oil as it will darken leather. Do a test spot on the underside of the saddle first. Also, many western saddles have tooling in the leather. Use a toothbrush to scrub deep into the tooling and get it really clean! I would stay away from water. Wipe the dust and grime off of the saddle with a damp soft cloth. Then scrub with saddle soap with a tack sponge, soft cloth, and toothbrush as needed. Then apply a leather conditioner to keep leather soft and supple and water resistant (I personally like "Saddle Food". don't know who makes it, sorry!). When the conditioner dries, buff with a soft dry cloth to really bring out a shine.
     
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    I vote for Leather New also. I also save all the old tooth brushes also.
    One other thing I use is the leather cleaner from a shoe store. I bought some for my shoes and could not resist trying it on a saddle. The one I bought had a soft brush on the lid of the can.
     
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    Nikki. I did that, ended up with mold and mildew all over my saddle, and that was AFTER I re-oiled it!!!

    Stick with saddle soap. Your saddle won't last as long if you do the water dip.
     
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    Thanks guys!!!! That was really helpful. :)
     

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