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  1. #1
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    Default Tack Cleaning.

    What do you use to clean your tack with?? My saddle is really dirty and moldy (I think).



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    Dish soap with a little bleach (read label to be sure they can be mixed) to kill the mold and get the dirt off; then oil it with "Leather Therapy" which has a mold inhibitor. Then store in a DRY place and re-clean regularly!



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    Castille soap will clean well. You can use a soft toothbrush on the stitching to get all the mold out. Then oil well - I like Hydrophane or just plain olive oil applied by hand.
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    Castile soap for a good cleaning. I found out about it through COTH! Follow it with a leatherbalsm, lexol conditioner, or an oil and you'll be good to go.



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    I used lexol to clean and then a wipe of white vinegar to remove the mold spores when I had moldy tack. Condition well afterward.

    Worked well enough for me, but it's not like we have real humidity in Colorado. The tack had gotten moldy due to a leak in the trailer tack room roof.



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    Any of the above work great. My favorite leather cleaner is Stubben Leather Soap, followed with Leather Therapy Conditioner or Effol Lederbalsam.



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    Fiebing's Saddle Soap followed by an application of Tanner's Oil
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  8. #8
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    If you get a jar of Stubben's glycerine saddle soap, it lasts forever and does a good job of stripping nasty stuff and waxes without drying it out. I would wipe the saddle really well with a damp rag, then soap it, then condition it or oil it. I don't really use oil anymore, but Hydrophane was great. I just ran out of an enormous jug that lasted for years! Now I use a leather conditioner called Leather Keep, sold by an australian saddle company. It's really nice; I love it because it really gives the leather a supple feel without making it too soft like over-oiling can do, and it doesn't darken my tack. If I want to darken something, I use olive oil.

    Never heard of the vinegar thing! I'll try it next time, I have a western saddle that attempts to become a chia pet every winter.



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    If it's moldy, don't re-use the sponge afterward--throw it away. The Leather Therapy spray soap is good for mold.



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