I have an old barrel saddle that is very dry & quite dirty. I'm preparing to do a serious cleaning on it & working on bringing its color back. (Its a reddish, brown colored leather & the skirt is dry & layered with dust to where its almost grey.) It is pretty much the skirt of the saddle that needs working on... it FEELS dirty.
I want to start out by giving it a good scrub & getting the dust/mold off. (It is basket weave pattern so I really want to get those little ridges clean...)
Is it okay to use a bucket of soapy water (Maybe a drop of hand soap?), dip my soft brush in it, & give it a good scrub? Afterwards, I'll dry it real good & immediatly apply leather conditioner.
The saddle is in great working condition. I just want to bring shine back into it.
Advice, please? Tell me your experiences with bringing an old saddle back to life.
Also, the conchos on it aren't shiny any more because they turned a slight green color... I don't want to replace them, just clean them up a little. I heard dipping a toothbrush in vinegar & scrubbing them works to take a bit of the green off.
Ahh... advice please!! LoL.