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post #1 of 6 Old 08-20-2010, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite Leather Cleaner?

Now that I am home from teaching lessons at a summer camp, I am beginning to "deep clean" all of my tack. Since my days are so incredibly busy at camp, I was unable to do much (if any) leather cleaning. Now my bridles have old sweat caked on the reins, nosebands, headstalls, etc. They are a mess. I have tried cleaning with Leather New, which works okay. It just takes forever and a LOT of rubbing to clean all the nastiness off.

What kind of leather cleaner do you guys use to loosen up and clean the worst dirt and grime?

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-21-2010, 02:09 AM
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Forget all the 'new' products on the market - any cleaner that is aggressive towards the grime is probably not going to be good for the leather.

Cleaning leather should be divided into two parts - cleaing and then re-conditioning

For cleaning use a glycerine saddle soap with warm water and a soft cloth - for you in the US - Fiebings of Milwaukee - produce this , call them for a local stocklist

For re-conditioning use a leather grease/dressing, the Jeffries product is good as is the Stubben Fiebings produce Aussie leather conditioner and mink oil paste ( not a true oil but a paste ) but as I don't know these personally I can't say what they are like

Do not use any liquid oils - no matter what anyone says
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-21-2010, 05:52 PM
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-21-2010, 06:04 PM
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I agree with Nutty -

You cannot beat a good glycerine soap. I have a bunch of them that I collected up over the years and I have them set out in the Tack Cleaning Room at the barn, where everyone uses them.

I started using them in Pony Club and can't say enough about your plain ol' glycerine soap!

I also LOVE Stubbens products. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Stubbens line of leather conditioners.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-21-2010, 06:41 PM
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Lexol for the dirt and grime

Passier Lederbalsam for conditioning.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-22-2010, 10:05 PM
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I like Tattersol soap the best so far, but it gets really mushy and nasty in hot weather.

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