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post #1 of 8 Old 10-08-2010, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning saddle pad?

I have one of these pads.

Big Edge Tough-1 Shoshone Saddle Pad - 32" x 32"

Do you think it can be cleaned, or should I just get a new pad? The fleece underneath is pretty dirty. Thanks.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-08-2010, 11:46 PM
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Yes they can be cleaned take the hose to it with a little bit of dish soap. Brush it in on both sides. rinse and lay flat turning it every so often for even drying time or hang on a close line... and flipping it over to dry both sides... once dry take a clean brush and brush the underside only till its soft and fluffy again... don't do it harshly or you will have a not of loose fiber. I Deal with fibrous materials every day.
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I go in every few days and pressure wash my pads. I just use the hose and the pressure nozzle I use for washing the horses on it's most powerful and pinpoint stream. I will turn the pad upside down and drape it over a fence panel or set up a pipe between 2 posts that I hang it on to wash it. After it's cleaned, I turn it rightside up and leave it hanging for a day or 2 until it's dry.

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It's too late to save the work of cleaning your current pad, but what I like to do is use a single layer wool blanket on the bottom, and then my regular pad on the top. Then I hose off the wool blanket every once in a while while it is still sweaty (or soak it in a plastic tub if it is dry and crusty). I find it a lot easier to wash a single layer wool blanket (like the Mayatex types) than wash the big, stiff, regular pad.

I hate washing the thick ones like you posted a picture of because it is hard to get the dried sweat out of the fleece. And they take forever to dry. The wool blankets dry in 24 hours (in warm, dry weather) and I kind of enjoy washing them. I'm sick, I know! Plus you keep your thick pads looking like new (if they were clean to begin with).
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 12:41 AM
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Ok...take it to the car wash and hang it up in the rack where you are supposed to hang your floor mats. Spray the crap out of it. I never use soap on mine because two of the horses have skin allergies. Put about $2 in the machine and spray the crap out of it. All the sweat comes out. 90% of the dirt comes out. Hang it over a folding saddle rack so it doesnt get all bent out of shape. Let it set for a good couple days.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate it.

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-09-2010, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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I washed it and my goodness is that thing heavy when it's wet. :) Thanks again everyone.

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