Will vinegar harm leather?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by Feliche, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Feliche

    Feliche Senior Member+

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    Hey! I have a really quick question about saddle cleaning. I'm removing decades worth of caked on grime from a really, REALLY nice (Crosby Prix St. George nice) saddle, and I have a lesson in it tomorrow. However, I don't have any water to dampen the plastic brillo pad I'm having to use to scrub it!! About the brillo pad...I'm being gentle, I promise. The one side I could do is beautiful. But I still have the other side, bottom, and girth to do. All yucky.

    I've heard that vinegar works way better than water anyway. This I heard from a dressage diva so I bet it has some legitimacy, but I'm really worried that it will harm the saddle. Has anyone heard of this and do you know if it will ruin the leather? I need to know asap :) Cleaning it tonight.

    Thanks very much!
    -Megs
     
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  2. Feliche

    Feliche Senior Member+

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    *bump* I'm sorry--I know it's only been 20 minutes but I need to know quickly.

    Oh yes, and how about olive oil? It seems like it would be magnificent for conditioning and suppling!
     
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    jumpthemoon Senior Member+

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    First off do not use a brillo pad of any sort on a saddle.

    Second vinegar is used to kill mold spores not to clean leather.

    Third use Castile soap or murphy's oil soap or glycerine soap or baby shampoo or liguid dish soap (Dawn works great) to clean your saddle. Have plenty of clean warm water and use something like an old wash cloth.

    Fourth condition with oil, balsam or conditioner afterwards.
     
  4. Feliche

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    Thank you. I ended up using the vinegar, and the pad I used isn't exactly a brillo pad--It's about the softness of denim, just a bit scratchier.

    I used the castille soap I have, and then a conditioner.

    The saddle looks AMAZING. This is absolutely the grimiest thing I've ever seen...I'm about to post pics. There was caked on sweat in places up to...I want to say three millimeters thick. It was grody. But the job is done! The saddle is amazing...and I'm really happy! Thank you for the info.
     






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