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  1. #1
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    Default Cleaning elastic on breastplates?

    I have a breastplate w/ elastic (like this one: http://www.nunnfiner.com/Nunn-Finer-...plate-p/84.htm) and was wondering how you clean the elastic part. I usually just soak it in water after I'm done riding, but I want to throughly clean it. Any ideas?

    ETA: Also, any good ideas for cleaning rubber reins?

    TIA!
    Last edited by Jumpers4life; Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:06 PM. Reason: ETA
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    I've used a 'tide to go' pen on my elastic breastplate, but mine is a lot less elastic than that!

    Maybe an old tooth brush and some laundry detergent?



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    I have always used Kirk's Castile and a toothbrush. I like using this because I tend to get soap all over the place, and it doesn't hurt the leather...



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    For the breastplate, throw it in the washer on delicate cycle with Leather Therapy or PePeDe detergent.

    For the rubber reins, if they're just dirty, plain water or water with a touch of vinegar should remove the grit. If they're gummy and "melty", they're done for and you'll either have to throw them out or pay for rubber replacement.
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    Second PePeDe



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    washing machine on the hand wash/delicate cycle with Leather Therapy wash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alteringwego View Post
    washing machine on the hand wash/delicate cycle with Leather Therapy wash.
    Have you had a problem with double elastic coming un-sewed? Mine is elsastic (in spots) and I'm worried that the double elastic (think girth elastic) would come undone...
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    Wait, put the breastplate in the washing machine?! Wouldn't that hurt the leather because of all the water? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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    Yeah... No.... I'm not about to throw mine in the washing machine.
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    I scrub mine with a stiff brush & soap. When it's dry I condition the leather parts.



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    Toothpaste! Yes, use toothpaste and a stiffbrush to scrub in the paste. Let sit for a litle bit, then rinse with a wet sponge. Don't be too liberal with the paste, it'll make for a lot of work getting it out.

    Any type does a good job. Since you do not want the elastic to whiten, I suggest you try a small spot on the undeside first.

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    Just a thought, but what about letting the elastic bits soak in Oxyclean, we use it on a lot of various horsey things around the barn and it works really well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpers4life View Post
    Wait, put the breastplate in the washing machine?! Wouldn't that hurt the leather because of all the water? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
    Not if you use a product that's designed for leather. Which Leather Therapy and PePeDe are. How do you think the dressage folks with delicate deerskin full seats get their stuff clean?

    I own exactly the breastplate that you linked to, and it's survived three rounds in the washing machine. I toss it in about once yearly to get the elastic really clean.
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    I wash all my daughter's horses leather equitation boots, fleece lined girth and elastic breast plate in the washing machine with Leather Therapy. I put the boots and the breast plate in a lingerie bag. Everything comes out great.



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    Toothpaste is wonderful stuff. Thats all you need along with an old tooth brush- looks brand new!



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    hm, i'll have to try the washing machine! i took a look at mine yesterday after reading this and it could definitely use a good cleaning!



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    Thanks for the tips everyone! I think I'll try the toothpaste first, and if that's not enough I'll put it in the washing machine (gulp).
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