Cleaning a saddle pad?
So I just recently bought this saddle pad
and I have used it a lot and now it has lots of hair and sweet on it. I want to be able to wash it in the washer but I am not sure if that will ruin the padding in it. :? Does anybody know what I should do?
For such saddle pads, I first brush most of the hair off with a damp, rough brush (the same I use for brushing my horse's body), so that it doesn't get stuck in the washing machine. And then I just wash it in the washer, using no deteregents or a mild, anti-allergic deteregent without scenting. It should be completely ok - that's how I've always washed my saddle pads and none of them have been damaged that way.
By the way, you should avoid using a saddle pad until it has lots of sweat and hair on it. It can cause rubs and is generally unpleasant for the horse, especially, if he has a sensitive skin.
I'd just toss them in a bucket of warm water with Woolite and wash it like a sweater. Be sure to rinse well. I bo't a $5 sink plunger for unplugging sinks and it makes a great agitator for washing pads. I set the bucket in the bath tub. It's easier to pull the hair out of the drain that clean it out of the washer and using a bucket is easier on the pad.
My mom and I just sprayed off our saddle pads with a hose and tried to spray off most of the hair. Then we laid them on the fence.
It didn't get all of the hair off, but it did help a lot.
We also brushed off some hair too. It work pretty well.
Okay thank you so much!!!! I washed it in the washer and now it is good as new!
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