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post #1 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Green Dust / Mold on Saddle....WANT IT GONE

How do you remove this green dust mold off the saddle? I had the saddle cleaned and conditioned about 1 year ago. But that cost me $85 dollars to have it done. Now I want to clean the saddle my self and save money, but need to know how to keep this stuff off my saddle.

Will a saddle carrier bag help?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 09:35 PM
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How do you store your saddle? Is it in a cool dry place, or a somewhat damp place? That can have a lot to do with keeping a leather saddle mold free!

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 09:38 PM
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get a sponge & some gylcerine soap & get to work =]

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 07:26 AM
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You'll have to keep your saddle some where else to keep the "green stuff off", or insulate and temp. control the tack room. Too much moisture= green stuff. Make sure after you clean your saddle to condition the leather.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 07:31 AM
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Is it a synthetic saddle or leather saddle?

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 07:49 AM
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As everyone else has said - saddle soap.
After you have cleaned the leatherwork apply a leather conditioner - this should resemble a grease based product, do NOT use OIL - Oil is not good for your leather, it may make it feel nice and supple but trust me don't do it.

There are plenty of conditioners on the market that don't cost the earth and if used on a regular basis will keep your saddle in good condition.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-29-2009, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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It is leather and kept out in the barn. It is not temp controled, just out of the weather. It has been raining for weeks, and now the saddle has the green mold on it.
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-29-2009, 02:16 PM
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saddle soap and try keeping it out of the barn, saddle soap will take it away but you do have to clean your saddle every now and again ya know!!
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-30-2009, 08:00 AM
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I tried the barn/tackroom approach, it did not like my tack. It just isn't feasible to attempt to build my dream climate-controlled and cat free tack room in my modified dairy barn. The only leather that stays outside is my snaffle bridle that I use every day, and even that lives in the house in the winter when I can't ride so much. I also give it a thorough wipe with a leather cleaner/conditioner wipe daily and after each ride. All my saddles have stands in my room, I carry them to the barn when I ride.

I agree, a good cleaning with saddle soap and a good conditioner plus a reevaluation of your storage plan is in order.

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-30-2009, 08:39 AM
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There are two times per year when it is common to get green mold on your leather, spring and fall. It can happen any other time as well, like after a humid or rainy spell in the summer.

It's fairly easy to get rid of it and if you use a white vinegar/water mix, then condition your saddle, it will stay away for quite a while. It won't harm your leather but you shouldn't let it grow, either.

The other posts gave you good suggestions on how to keep your tack free from mold but for most of us, it isn't practical to have a temp controlled tack room so we just learn to deal with it.

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