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post #1 of 9 Old 07-21-2013, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Getting my white pad white again?

I had a whim to ride english today, and this would be the first time in two years I believe.

My pads and saddle have just been getting dusty in the tack room, but I found my pad not where I remember leaving it...sitting underneath of ALL the other pads on the dusty ground...grrr.

Here's a pic. It's got some brown stains and permanent dirt stains. I washed it but the orange rusty colored stain didn't come out, and a lot of the other stuff didn't some out either :(

What do you guys think? Is there any hope?


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post #2 of 9 Old 07-21-2013, 08:45 PM
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You might try some lightly diluted bleach in a spray bottle. Apply it to the worst of the stains and see if it works.

The biggest problem with using potent bleach on anything fabric is that it is a corrosive. If you leave the dilution mix too strong or if you leave it on too long before you rinse it out, it will eat through the strings of the material and make it weak there.

I don't know if English pads like that are machine washable, but you might try a double dose of Clorox 2. It's supposed to whiten the whites without bleaching the colors. Maybe let it soak for a while like that? I don't really know.

Oh, and cold water only to keep the edges and embroidery from bleeding color into the white.

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White pads are the hardest. I could also never figure out, other than maybe cost, why anyone would make a saddle pad that is colored on top and white underneath...can't bleach it as the color would run and regular detergent won't get the stains out of the white.

In any case, try the diluted bleach in a spray bottle or something like Shout or even make up a paste of dry detergent and water and rub that in really well. I think RIT Dye makes a rust remover(?).

In truth, I'd write it off and get a new one :)...
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I know sometimes diluted bleach can help. I would maybe even consider full bleach only because it looks like that saddle pad might not be saveable so it might be worth taking the risk of causing some different stains over the ones you have. Worth a try, that or buy a new pad, and make sure to use a small crappy saddle cover on top of your white pads you want to save-for future show use.
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I probably won't ever show english again, it's just a little sad because I'm so OCD about it...LOL Will try those suggestions, thanks c:

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Where those ugly brown ones came from? You may be lucky enough to get it clean with the bleach and good cleaner, but... Depends on what made those stains in 1st place. :(

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I would try a couple of things. Make a paste of dishwasher(machine) dry detergent and a little bleach. Rub that on the stains and leave it a bit. You can scrub it with an old toothbrush if need be. I would then soak the entire thing in a solution of Orvus and water. Probably would even put some orvus right on the tough stains. That can soak for days if you want. Orvus is pretty gentle, but works. I used to use it on antique linens when I was buying/selling. LOVE orvus. Great horse shampoo too!

The other thing that may help is after the bleach paste but before the Orvus let it dry in the sun. Sometimes the combination of the clorine and the sun helps.

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Where those ugly brown ones came from? You may be lucky enough to get it clean with the bleach and good cleaner, but... Depends on what made those stains in 1st place. :(
The orange spots are rust. The pad may have been lying against something metal and it was damp (humidity, a drip somewhere...) and the rust adhered to the fabric. Occasionally, if a washer is older or pipes have rust in them you'll get these spots on your clothes as well. Those won't come out under conventional methods but I know there are fabric rust removers out there...I thought RIT Dye made one but the option there is to check in the laundry detergent aisle..that stuff is usually up on the top shelf somewhere where no one tends to look :)

Took a look..here is a homemade rust removal....

http://www.make-it-do.com/clean-it/l...stain-removal/
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I was wondering where those orange stains were coming from too, thanks for clearing that up! I'll try that. God willing! Haha

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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