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post #1 of 9 Old 01-30-2010, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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So yesterday I went out and finally cleaned out my locker at my old board barn (). The problem is while I wasn't there my locker somehow got combined with the locker of this woman who is known for having the nasty moldy tack. Everybody dreads riding her horse, not because its not a good horse, but because she insist that you use her tack so you smell like mold the rest of the day. Anyway, brought my stuff home and cleaned it with leather cleaner, however it still smells like mold. How do I get rid of the smell, and make sure that no mold sprouts up on my stuff?

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-30-2010, 11:26 AM
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Clean it again and again...You could try soaking in a bucket of warm water with a OOD leather soap, and oil oil oil it up with leather oil or conditioner.
Mold is awful stuff, so get it before it gets a good hold!

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-30-2010, 11:55 AM
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Mold on leather isn't necessarily a bad thing . It means the leather is healthy. If its growing because of being put up wet, then that can be a bad thing.
We have an old well oiled saddle that will start to mold occasionally. It doesn't get used often and sits for long periods. I just take it outside and give it a good cleaning/conditioning and put it back in the tack barn.

ETA- I use water and the shampoo I use on my hair to clean the mold off. You want to go with a Ph neutral cleaner.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-30-2010, 03:20 PM
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There are several threads on mold at horse grooming supplies forum.
Brush the worst of it off outside the house.

Throw away any cloths or sponges or possibly even cleaning supplies used on that moldy tack, so you don't contaminate the rest of it or your whole house.

I have natural gas heat that makes the air super dry in winter. I put the musty smell stuff in the basement for the winter (after it's cleaned and treated w/ Leather Therapy) and let the lack of humidity dry it our real well.

You can go dig up the threads. Saddlers won't work on moldy tack anymore because it contaminates the entire shop with spores. health hazard for the saddler; bad for other customers' tack.

I used the Leather CPR sponge on a saddle that evidently had mold spores. And I got a major mold infestation on an entirely different saddle plus had blue mold in the Leather CPR and had to toss it.

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-30-2010, 04:51 PM
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Husband says try hydrogen peroxide on the leather. It will kill spores...

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-30-2010, 11:24 PM
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Ive always been told you use a mixture of vingear and water on it and everytime I have used it. The mold has gone away.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-31-2010, 12:23 AM
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I guess that is one good thing about living in Arizona. I have never seen mold on tack. Knock on wood.......maybe I never will.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-31-2010, 12:40 AM
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50/50 white vinegar and water. Dunk the strap goods in it and rinse your saddle with it. Do it over and over, with fresh vinegar/water for every application. Use a fresh towel or sponge to clean your tack with your normal leather cleaner, then condition it. Leave it all out in the sun after it's cleaned and conditioned. The sun light will kill any of the exposed mold spores that the vinegar didn't get.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-31-2010, 10:46 AM
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Use pH neutral products when cleaning mold and mildew from leather supplies. While many people use vinegar, bleach or alcohol to kill fungus, these products can permanently damage your leather tack supplies. Use pH neutral products for conditioning your leather tack as well, instead of saddle soap which contains glycerine and can actually promote the growth of mold and mildew
I got this from How to Stop Mold and Mildew in a Tack Room |

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