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    11-04-2013, 09:55 PM
  #1
Foal
How do you clean YOUR tack?

Just wondering how others clean their tack, whether it be english or western or whatever, and what products they use.

I personally always start with any old saddle soap (right now I just have the spray on one by Leather New) then wipe that off, then use Horseman's One Step Conditioner, then a generic saddle oil/leather oil (I can't remember what I have right now). I just learned recently to use a paint brush to apply the oil and it works 100000x better than what I was doing before and it's so much quicker!

Anybody do anything different or use anything else
     
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    11-04-2013, 10:33 PM
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On my own tack I use a glycerine bar for cleaning and neatsfoot oil or olive oil for conditioning. I do have Leather Cream for my polo boots and for some braiding on a headstall and breast collar.

I worked recently for a guy that had me use Murphy's Oil Soap to clean everything and wanted Lexol as a conditioner. I can't argue as his tack was old, but still in good condition.

Another wanted only Leather New and don't worry after that. If there was dried sweat on a piece of tack, his solution was to just scrub it off with a wet sponge. His tack was not as supple, but has held up for years.

What I've taken away, having worked with and for so many people, is do something! What one does matters less than just making an attempt.
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    11-04-2013, 10:47 PM
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I wipe it down with warm water first. Then warm water / and glycerin soap (saddle soap). Towel off the soap and a lot of dirt comes off. I can then either leave as is, or add Lexol. I will occasionally lightly dress with pure Neatsfoot oil, but NOT EVERY TIME and NOT ON THE LEATHERS. It is not good for leather to be oiled too much. Oiling the leathers will encourage them to stretch too much and over oiling will encourage rot.

Lastly, I top dress with glycerin soap, but very little water. Rub it on in circular motion, and buff to a shine. This layer acts as a barrier to dirt and helps to keep the tack from drying out. Leather is skin, and if you keep it in a hot , dry place, the moisture will evaporate out. Top dressing with glycering helps to prevent this. Do not overdo it on the reins as it will make them slippery.
     
    11-04-2013, 10:59 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I wipe it down with warm water first. Then warm water / and glycerin soap (saddle soap). Towel off the soap and a lot of dirt comes off. I can then either leave as is, or add Lexol. I will occasionally lightly dress with pure Neatsfoot oil, but NOT EVERY TIME and NOT ON THE LEATHERS. It is not good for leather to be oiled too much. Oiling the leathers will encourage them to stretch too much and over oiling will encourage rot.

Lastly, I top dress with glycerin soap, but very little water. Rub it on in circular motion, and buff to a shine. This layer acts as a barrier to dirt and helps to keep the tack from drying out. Leather is skin, and if you keep it in a hot , dry place, the moisture will evaporate out. Top dressing with glycering helps to prevent this. Do not overdo it on the reins as it will make them slippery.
I guess I forgot to mention, I only oil when I give my tack a really thorough cleaning haha. Otherwise it's just soap or conditioner. Interesting though, I've never heard of having a top layer of glycerine.
     
    11-04-2013, 11:24 PM
  #5
Yearling
For my synthetic saddles I've just taken the hose and sprayed it down, then let it dry. If I give it a full treatment though I've been known to use dish soap and stuff like that.

For my leather saddles I usually start by stiff brushing them to get any mold/hard dirt off and then use a cheap leather soap, do a couple of washes with that and then a leather conditioner if I'm fully going to clean it.
     
    11-04-2013, 11:50 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I will saddle soap if my tack is dirty. But I actually consider oiling more important. So I do a very basic cleaning and then condition, usually with neatsfoot oil. I also love Leather Therapy Conditioner and Skidmore's Leather Cream. But those products are more expensive than neatsfoot so I usually condition with neatsfoot oil.

I probably do my saddles about 2-3 times a year (more frequently if I am breaking a saddle in) and bridles maybe once a year.

I have also heard of using a finishing layer of saddle soap for protection but then I have also heard that it is not good to clog the pores. So lately I have been oiling without the finishing saddle soap layer. My tack has done just fine this way for years and years. I would much rather have supple leather that bends than dry leather that cracks. I live in Arizona though and it almost seems like you cannot over oil anything!

When I was a beginner I enjoyed oiling my tack and probably over oiled but the only thing I ever ruined was some saddle bags made from a cheap suede type leather. I never had any quality leather break down from heavy oiling even when I was young and dumb.
     
    11-04-2013, 11:54 PM
  #7
Green Broke
PS. Is it just me or does it seem like Lexol does almost nothing? I hate putting all that work into oiling only to find the next day that the leather is nearly as dry as before I conditioned it. I mean, I'm sure it helps a little, but if I put the time in, I want to be able to tell I did something.

Am I the only one who feels this way? They obviously sell the stuff, so it must be doing good for someone, right? I just haven't personally been impressed.

Now Leather Therapy or Skidmore's, well, you can tell you conditioned your tack.
     
    11-04-2013, 11:59 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
Yeah. Around here, we deal with tack molding, instead. But, someone told me that if tack molds it means that there is still a good amount of moisture in the leather , and it is "healthy". A dried out leather of poor quality won't mold in our ridiculously damp weather.
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    11-05-2013, 12:27 AM
  #9
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
PS. Is it just me or does it seem like Lexol does almost nothing? I hate putting all that work into oiling only to find the next day that the leather is nearly as dry as before I conditioned it. I mean, I'm sure it helps a little, but if I put the time in, I want to be able to tell I did something.

Am I the only one who feels this way? They obviously sell the stuff, so it must be doing good for someone, right? I just haven't personally been impressed.

Now Leather Therapy or Skidmore's, well, you can tell you conditioned your tack.
I've never tried any Lexol products except for the quick wipes for leather that I won as a little prize from a horse show. They weren't that good, the container dried out so quickly that they were unusable after like 2 weeks..

I've definitely always liked the Leather New products
     
    11-05-2013, 07:13 AM
  #10
Started
I use Murphy's Oil Soap. I also like CPR leather.
     

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