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post #1 of 12 Old 01-17-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Old, dry, and moldy tack...

Hey there!
Can anyone give me a step-by-step of how to clean tack that hasn't been touched in several years? I'm talking some really dry bridles, some moldy saddles, some stiff girths. I'm not wasting my time with anything that seems real cracked or unsafe, but can I bring back the sad tack I've acquired from a dusty ol' tack room?
Thank you in advance for any help!
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-17-2010, 10:26 PM
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Hey there!
Can anyone give me a step-by-step of how to clean tack that hasn't been touched in several years? I'm talking some really dry bridles, some moldy saddles, some stiff girths. I'm not wasting my time with anything that seems real cracked or unsafe, but can I bring back the sad tack I've acquired from a dusty ol' tack room?
Thank you in advance for any help!
my trainer uses oils I for got it starts wit ha p I think! But be ure to get 100% p????? Oil!




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post #3 of 12 Old 01-17-2010, 10:34 PM
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I washed my moldy bridles in warm soapy water.

Fill a bucket up with warm water and add some soap to it (I just used dish washing liquid). I took my bridles apart, if you do that make sure you remember how to put it back on. Then soak the bridles, scrub them, and when you think it is good, make sure you wash ALL of the dish washing liquid off in fresh water. I hung mine up on the washing line to dry, then brought them in and oiled them.
I guess you could do the same with the girths, and maybe with the saddle use a rag.

I'm sure someone else has some better ideas though. :)

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post #4 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 10:36 AM
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Soaking them in a bucket of warm water with regular dish soap really not advised for leather but, instead, use Murphy's Oil Soap. That will get the process started.

After they have soaked for a day, wipe them down well and put them out to dry. When dry, then you can use glycerin, either liquid or bar (saddle soap). After that I would use a good conditioner such as Hydophane or BlackRock.

If the leather is still stiff and cracking after the Murphy's Oil Soap, then I would seriously think about forgetting the rest of the process and strip what ever hardware I could off the tack and dispose of the rest.

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Are you talking about the same Murphy's Oil Soap you use to clean wood? Just curious.

There are some other suggestions on this thread:

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post #6 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 11:20 AM
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Are you talking about the same Murphy's Oil Soap you use to clean wood? Just curious.
Yup. Works great for cleaning leather without stripping the natural oils.

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Cool... We have some orange scented stuff I'll have to try it on my mom's old saddle. I'm on a tack cleaning spree as part of my quitting program
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my trainer uses oils I for got it starts wit ha p I think! But be ure to get 100% p????? Oil!




Im having a brain burp ..... LOL
Are you thnking of pure Neatsfoot oil?
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nutty saddler would be the best to ask on this I did a mix what he told me about and it works cushty
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Are you thnking of pure Neatsfoot oil?
Yeah!! That's it!! Ahahah P???? Wow that was a big brain burp

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