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Lexiie 04-24-2012 10:09 PM

Cleaning Saddle Pads?
 
Not really sure if this is the best spot for this, so sorry if it's not

Anyway, my mare has been done shedding for about a month or so, and I've been cleaning my 6 saddle pads xD
My fleece ones are done, and so are my purple ones, but I just got down to my first one.
It's pretty thin, and royal blue on one side, and white on the bottom.
I'm not really sure as to how I should go about cleaning this one.
Any suggestions?

ALSO: How do you get hair off your pads?
Usually after I'm done riding, I take whatever pad I was using and I rub the hair off with my fingers.
I've tried using brushes or metal curries, but it rips at my pad, and I don't like holes! haha

foreveramber 04-24-2012 10:26 PM

My usual method is to bring it home, vacuum the hair off, hose it off or put it on the clothesline on a rainy day to rinse some of the major dirt, and then throw it in the washing machine. If bringing it home isn't a good option for you maybe just use a hard brush to get the hair off and give it a hose off and then hang it over a fence to dry? Good luck! :)

hemms 04-24-2012 10:27 PM

Hmmm... English pads, I take it?

I love the shedding blade for a Western pad. And I take mine to the car wash to get the deep grime out. My English pads I just pop into the washing machine - when the hubby isn't looking. Ha!

Lexiie 04-24-2012 10:28 PM

Thanks!
I kinda feel like a little kid with my silly idea.
I put my pad in a sink full of hot water (a very large sink btw)
took it out of the water, and used the net for my fish tank to get the hair out before emptying the drain
My house is super old, and the pump can't handle all the hair hahah

Lexiie 04-24-2012 10:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hemms (Post 1470455)
Hmmm... English pads, I take it?

I love the shedding blade for a Western pad. And I take mine to the car wash to get the deep grime out. My English pads I just pop into the washing machine - when the hubby isn't looking. Ha!

yes, english! haha
If I clean a western pad i just peel the hair off! sooooo much easier

hemms 04-24-2012 10:56 PM

The fish net is a GREAT idea! I just might use that in my dog grooming salon! Thanks a bunch!

Lexiie 04-24-2012 11:10 PM

you're welcome! (:

HorsesAreMyPassion 04-25-2012 01:55 AM

I usually just use a rubber grooming glove to get the hairs off, then shake it out really well, give it a quick brush off, shake it out again, then pop it into the washing machine with mild laundry detergent and hang to dry.

Annanoel 04-25-2012 02:09 AM

This may sound silly but for western saddle pads with hair and all (unless there's a lot of hair) I take them to a Laundromat and wash them in the biggest machine! You can do a few at a time then I let them air dry. It always works and they get really clean, then you don't run the risk of clogging your machine at home. The industrial machines do the job! I do it with English ones as well. (:

Lexiie 04-25-2012 07:56 AM

There's a laundromat down the street from me. I just worried that the attendant will tell me I can't put it in there.
I'll go down with the next few pads I need to wash.
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