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post #1 of 8 Old 10-06-2009, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Mold and Mildew

Is anyone else having problems with mold and mildew? I sure am... and I dunno how to fight it properly...

First off, the weather isn't helping at all... it's cold in the mornings, cold at night, and warm during the day... plus it's raining randomly and after it rais, it gets warm and humid... plus, a bit windy...

How can I fight the mold and mildew in this weather??? My saddle is like... growing fur... I keep wiping it off, but it keeps coming right back... and my poor bridles... they're grey!!!!

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-06-2009, 05:47 PM
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i had this problem and found that saddle soap and lots of it will stop the growth of this furry yuckyness, hope this helps
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-06-2009, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Is there any specific type of saddlesoap to use? Will the humidity/cold/rain (in other words, typical Autumn Alabama weather) that we're having effect it...

I have Leather New and Neatsfoot Oil, but nothing else...

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-07-2009, 12:09 PM
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Don't use neatsfoot oil on your leather - it's really not good. Get yourself a leather dressing , it should look like a grease not a liquid. Also you should try to keep your tack in a dry room ( I know that it can be difficult )
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-07-2009, 01:16 PM
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I just take my saddle in the house and set the saddle stand up in the laundry room.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-07-2009, 01:33 PM
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Use half white vinegar and half water. Wipe down all leather thoroughly, then wipe down using a clean rag and clean vinegar solution. Let the tack air dry.

If you have suede, put the solution in a spay bottle and spray the suede. Use a clean rag to remove as much of the mold as possible. Then use a horse brush or suede brush to "fluff up" the nap.

DO NOT use standard conditioner or oil on the tack. The only thing I have found that works to condition tack and not attract mold is Passier Lederbalsm (and I'm in Arkansas, mold capital of the Nation, lol). The beeswax in the conditioner helps seal the leather. Use your hands to put it on, rub it in well (warming the conditioner), and let it set for 15-30 minutes. Then wipe the tack down thoroughly with a clean rag and buff to a glow. It's important to remove the excess conditioner.

Keep some white vinegar and rags in your tack room, and wipe down any mold you spot IMMEDIATELY. If you keep after it, you can keep it from getting bad.

Putting old towels over your saddles and bridles will also help. They will absorb the moisture in the air before it reaches the leather. Swap out with fresh towels every 4-7 days.

I put leather tack that I don't use in one of those giant zip-lock bags (used for bulky storage). Keeping it air-tight greatly reduces the chance for mold to grow.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-07-2009, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

I've been using neatsfoot oil for going on 4 years now with no bad effects... but considering that I'm completely out now (apparently I used the last of it last yea rnd didn't realize it) I'm not gonna buy any more... costs almost 20 bucks for a small container...

I went and got some Lexol leather cleaner today (based on the tractor-supply women who helped me's reccomendations) and have got one of my saddles and two bridles done... tomorrow I have to do my othr saddle, other bridle, hobbles, skid boots, and then I gotta soak my bushes and stuff and wash my halters and leads and then wash my three saddlepads......

Grr... I hate cleaning tack... Takesme the better part of three days...

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-08-2009, 04:54 PM
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You really need to use vinegar BEFORE cleaning the tack with leather cleaner. The vinegar will KILL the mold, so it's less likely to come back. If you just clean it, the mold spores will remain in the pores of the leather and any cracks or crevices from tooling, and the mold will grow with a vengeance next time conditions are favorable.
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