Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
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.