04-08-2010, 10:30 AM
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Depends on the tack.
Is it leather or synthetic?
With leather tack you need a good, oil based cleaner such as saddle soap or Murphy's Oil Soap.
Use only soft, clean cloths to rub the cleanser into the leather, making sure you get into every crevice. Don't forget the underside or inside of the leather, as all those areas need to be cleaned too. Depending on the cleaner, you may have to buff or rinse off any excess.
Once the leather is clean, use a leather conditioning product. I like neetsfoot oil, but others swear by Lexoil and Leather New.
For synthetic tack, you can rinse it off with a hose. For more stubborn stains, a soft sponge and some dishwashing liquid will take care of them. NO oil based cleaners on synthetic tack, or you'll ruin it.