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    01-07-2012, 11:53 AM
Exclamation extremely dirty girth straps?!

I have extremely dirty and sticky girth straps. It's greasy and disgusting! I just bought this saddle second hand so it's not my fault! Lol. This dosen't come off with tack soap and conditioner alone. Can I use anything else to get rid of it? (like bathroom cleaner even!?) I think I need something more acidic. The colour of the straps is tan. And they are leather. Thanks!xx
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    01-07-2012, 12:44 PM
I have a few ideas but the easiest solution may be to take it to a saddler or cobbler/shoe repair or even just call them and see what a professional who is familiar with leather has to say. Without seeing the billets (or feeling them) it is hard to guess what was put on them in the first place.
    01-07-2012, 01:10 PM
Does it feel oily?

It's possible the original owner improperly oiled the billets and didn't allow them to soak up the oil and dry, leaving them with a oily residue.

If not, then take it into a leather repairman, and see what he thinks is on it.
    01-07-2012, 01:35 PM
The billets are of a different tannage and shouldn't require cleaning. Someone has likely oiled them so don't use anything with any kind of oil in it. Try the foamy spray kitchen cleaner. Just apply to a small area on the end of the worst strap, let the foam sit for about 10 min. If it's lifting the oil it will begin to appear dirty. Be sure to cover the saddle and other straps well to protect it from the foam. Also wrap some plastic wrap around the chosen billet and just expose the last inch. If the strap can remain parallel to the floor, the foam will remain on it longer, otherwise it will run and drip off on to something else.
    01-07-2012, 05:04 PM
Yes it does feel a bit oily... okay thanks, i'll try a bit of kitchen cleaner and see what works. It's not even just a little residue though it's so dirty I could pick the bits off! Xx
    01-07-2012, 07:34 PM
Yeah, we just use warm water and washing up liquid for really mucky tack, just make sure you use a bit of oil or some sort of tack cleaner/conditioner afterwards to keep it supple (i like effax)
    01-08-2012, 03:00 AM
Okay thankyou very much everyone you've been very helpful
    01-08-2012, 03:25 AM
No - definitely do not use kitchen cleaner - you will damage the leather.

Use warm water with a little dishwashing liquid in it and a pot scourer - the material type. Dip cloth in water and rub gently, repeat until the goop is off it. Then just use saddle soap.
    01-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Came across something very interesting which I shall have to try. Try lemon juice on a small test patch. Add a few drops, wipe it around with your finger and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe with a damp cloth.
    01-08-2012, 02:19 PM
Lemon is very good at breaking down oils - I would be a little concerned about using it because it is so acidic and could damage the leather.

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