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
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.
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.
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.