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post #1 of 19 Old 11-07-2009, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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What is an effective way to clean a saddle pad

I have a white saddle pad and it gets disgustingly dirty especially when she works hard, sweats, and the arena dust sticks to it.
In the past I would throw it in the washer and cycle it on heavy twice which got it clean but left my washer and my dryer full of fur. Is there any way to effectively clean it without ruining my washer with all the fur?
If I can get the majority of the fur off washing it is no problem and drying it is just fine.

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-07-2009, 03:46 PM
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i hose my pads off it my horse gets them icky. then there is less washing to do. I dont use white pads to ride in regularly, just for shows.
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Normally I wouldn't but the tack store didn't have anything other than white when I got it. I've been meaning to get a different one. I don't know what color would go well with her though. I'm picky about that.
I'll hose the pad off and see how that works. Since it's rainy I'll still have to throw it in the dryer but as long as it's not more hair than pad it should be fine right?

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Here are 2 ideas that you might want to try in order to remove the hair prior to washing the pad....1. vacuum the pad or 2. use one of those sticky lint rollers and go over the pad prior to washing.

Both methods work well.
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good ideas! I'll try them tonight if/when I remember to take the pad home from the barn.

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oh wow, i once spent an hour and 30+ sheets of sticky pad too get all the hair off a saddle pad, why didn't i use the vaccuum?

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I hose off western saddle pads. For my english ones I use the lint roller method before throwing them in the washer. Now I've got to try out that vaccuum idea. :)
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I'll see how the vacuum works later today. I was heading out to ride and the sky opened up so It'll have to wait. I was going to ride her over to the tack shop and get a different pad color.

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If you wash them more often there will be less fur. I wash my 1-2x a week (my pads are also white). You can lint roll them, you can brush them, you can use a damp sponge.

Woolite or Bleach are the best ways to get them pearly white again. I saw woolite for the ones with colored piping or monograms since Bleach will kill those.
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oh wow, i once spent an hour and 30+ sheets of sticky pad too get all the hair off a saddle pad, why didn't i use the vaccuum?
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1) I never use white pads for schooling. Those are put away in plastic bags for shows and shows only.

2) I use colored pads. Blacks, Reds, Blues, Greys, Browns for daily riding, schooling, hacking.

3) Vaccuume works great, please make sure it is not your house hold vaccuume, I've ruined one using ours - and quickly learnt to use a shop vac.

My preference, is a stiff bristled broom. *I usually lay the pad flat on the floor with my feet holding it down and then I use a corn cob broom and sweep the excess hair off my pads.

4) Take my pads to the laundromat, the large front loaders and they clean my pads wonderfully!

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