Tack Soap That Cuts Through Built Up Dirt and Grime?
...Does anyone know of a saddle soap that can do this? A friend recently gave me a bin of various old, used items (think bridles, halters, reins, etc) that haven't been cleaned in years. I figured I would clean some of them up, keep the good ones, sell some and do who-knows-what with the rest.... Which unfortunately will probably be either dumping them in a bin at the back of the tack room, or pawning them off on friends. Anyways, they need to be cleaned.
All of the leather pieces are covered in grimey dirt. I havent been able to get the dirt off so far, unless I take a knife or scissor blade edge and scrape it off. I have been using regular old glycerin soap (the bar and the spray kind). I like the effects of glycerin soap on my other (not quite so dirty) tack, but it just isnt cutting through the grime on the new-to-me items. I do not want to continue to scrape the leather, for fear of damaging it.
If it matters, I do use neatsfoot oil on my tack after it is clean. I wouldn't be going through all of this trouble for old, used tack, but some of the pieces look very good and I do think I'll be able to get a few years of use out of them after they are clean.