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    03-30-2012, 03:09 PM
Best/Fastest way to clean old tack?

We are going through our tack room and want to take all our old stuff, that is in perfectly good condition, although dusty, down and put it on consignment. I was wondering if anyone had any hints on a good way to clean allot of halters/bridles/cinches and such at once?

I was thinking of just filling a 5 gallon bucket with warm water and some dawn and soaking then scrubbing things one at a time. Let dry, then oil any of the leather stuff.

Can you run this stuff through an industrial washer?

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    03-30-2012, 04:08 PM
You can throw all the nylon stuff in a tub and let it soak in sudsy water. The leather, not quite. You can give it a quick dunk to dampen the leather. If it's leather bridles and halters, just dunk one piece at a time, the just lather up your hands with saddle soap and apply. This is the fastest way. Use a frequently rinsed sponge to remove the soap and dirt. While the leather is still a bit damp, oil your hands with neatsfoot oil and apply, lightly rubbing it in as you go. Hang up to dry then take a dry cloth and lightly wipe the leather and shine the metal a little.
    03-30-2012, 04:15 PM
If it's dirty you can leave the dirt on if you just use a pail of water. Put the leather tack on an aluminum saddle stand and blast it with your garden hose. I have an overabundance of very old tack, and when they get dusty I start with a very good rinse.
You can use your favorite leather soap--I've even used oil soap (like Murphy's or generic) and worked in well into all of the crevices with a sponge, then rinsed, again, with the hose. Let it drip dry, wipe off with an old towel, then immediately oil it. Saddle soap, saddle cream, neatsfoot oil, Lexol--doesn't matter but avoid mink oil bc that will seal in humidity and any leftover dirt and is made for your BOOTS, not your tack.
Let your cleaned tack hang for at least a day. If any oil is left on the surface, take a clean cloth and wipe it dry. If, after a day some parts appear dry, re-oil those parts and check on it again tomorrow.

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