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    Default Washing/Cleaning a fleece lined girth?

    I recently bought a used dressage girth and it is leather with real fleece lining. However, the fleece is filthy and needs a good cleaning. Unfortunately, it's not one of those removable liners. So, do I just throw it in the machine with Woolite and condition the heck out of the leather or is there a better way to get all that old sweat and dirt out of the fleece?

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    Maybe a wet cloth and woolite? I'm not sure the leather can just go thru the wash, but maybe it can.
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    I've been washing my leather bridles in the washer for years, and it doesn't seem to do them any harm, so I'd imagine you could do the same for your girth. I always put them in on cold, gentle, tie them in an old pillowcase or something to keep them from banging and tangling too much, and I generally wash them with shampoo instead of detergent. Pull them out immediately after they're done, let dry thoroughly, and then I oil them with vegetable oil.

    Clearly, I'm cheap and lazy, but I have 20 year old bridles that still look great. I know it's not what you're supposed to do, but so far it's been working well for me.
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    Yes wash in washer on gentle cycle with either leather therapy or woolite. Air dry and then fluff the fleece with a wire dog brush. Oil the letter. Easy peasy.



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    Yup - use the washer on gentle and a product like PedePede leather wash as soap. Works like a charm



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    Great ideas! I've never heard of PedePede leather wash so I'll use either LT or Woolite. Thanks all.
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    Default washing fleece

    WaySide, thanks for that info!



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