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    07-16-2010, 04:43 PM
  #1
Weanling
Cleaning a western saddle pad?

My daughter has a wool saddle pad with a fleece underside ( I don't know if it's synthetic or real). The last few weeks have been really dusty and the saddle pad is looking pretty dingy (it's a patriotic one that was made locally). I want to clean it. Can I put it in an industrial washer on delicate or do I need to have it cleaned professionally?
     
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    07-16-2010, 04:50 PM
  #2
Showing
What I always do is just to hose my pads off. If you need to use soap, use Woolite and be sure to hose all the soap out of it then just let it dry in the sun.
     
    07-16-2010, 04:51 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
What I always do is just to hose my pads off. If you need to use soap, use Woolite and be sure to hose all the soap out of it then just let it dry in the sun.
Well that's easy, and way cheaper than I was thinking. Thanks. I think I'll wait until the end of summer when the outdoor arena isn't as dry, but I'm buying her a charcoal one for Christmas so we don't see how dirty it is!
     
    07-16-2010, 05:02 PM
  #4
Showing
I use the hose too + I use a brush to clean off the horse hair from the fleece. Not big fan of soap as it's hard to get rid of (pad is getting really heavy when wet, and I'm not strong enough :) ).
     
    07-16-2010, 05:04 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I use the hose too + I use a brush to clean off the horse hair from the fleece. Not big fan of soap as it's hard to get rid of (pad is getting really heavy when wet, and I'm not strong enough :) ).
Okay, I'm going to go try it now because I have time. It would be nice to have a nice clean pad for lessons next week. Otherwise I'm going to go to sleep of boredom...she's been at camp all week and I'm lonely!
     
    07-16-2010, 05:43 PM
  #6
Foal
For the ultimate clean, take it to an outdoor car wash, the kind with the industrial power washers. A little Woolite and the wand and they're as good as new.

Pam
     
    07-16-2010, 05:50 PM
  #7
Weanling
Okay--done, thanks! Kitten_Val, you weren't joking about how heavy it gets! Holy cow batman! I used the heavy stream setting on the hose nozzle and a scrub brush that my husband uses for scrubbing dog crates. It came REALLY clean, and when it's dry (in 3 days) I'll take a stiff brush to the underside. I didn't realize how dirty it was, but it's clean now, and I can say I did something productive today. If she hadn't scrubbed her saddle I'd clean that, and her brushes are at the barn so I can't clean them...All three dogs have had a bath and look at me like they want to kill me every time I get up...they're afraid of what else I'll do to them! If I was cleared to ride by my doctor I would have taken extra lessons this week.
     
    07-18-2010, 12:11 PM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by Fowl Play    
Okay--done, thanks! Kitten_Val, you weren't joking about how heavy it gets! Holy cow batman! I used the heavy stream setting on the hose nozzle and a scrub brush that my husband uses for scrubbing dog crates. It came REALLY clean, and when it's dry (in 3 days) I'll take a stiff brush to the underside. I didn't realize how dirty it was, but it's clean now, and I can say I did something productive today. If she hadn't scrubbed her saddle I'd clean that, and her brushes are at the barn so I can't clean them...All three dogs have had a bath and look at me like they want to kill me every time I get up...they're afraid of what else I'll do to them! If I was cleared to ride by my doctor I would have taken extra lessons this week.
Lol! Even my ENGLISH pads get so heavy I have problems managing them. Talk about Western! I'm glad it looks clean - usually it takes about day or two to dry for me.
     
    07-19-2010, 10:54 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Lol! Even my ENGLISH pads get so heavy I have problems managing them. Talk about Western! I'm glad it looks clean - usually it takes about day or two to dry for me.
It took a few days, but it's been pretty humid here and never really got warm until afternoons...we'd wake up to foggy, low clouds, and by about 2:00 the sun would come out and warm up...I finally brought it inside once it stopped dripping and set it in front of the fan. She got to use it last night on a dusty horse, so the underside is already dirty again but the red, white and blue on the outside is crisp and new looking again.
     

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