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  1. #1
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    Aug. 13, 2011

    Default Leather cleaner for western saddles?

    Anybody have any suggestions of a leather cleaner and conditioner that will not leave residue in the tooling of a western saddle?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May. 25, 2004


    I like Leather New spray soap/conditioner. Never had a problem with it getting stuck in tooling.

  3. #3
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    Dec. 10, 2012

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 1, 2005
    Sandy, Utah


    For any saddle I clean w/warm water and elbow grease first, aided by Castile soap if needed.

    I do use the Effax products for my English saddles (European leathers being tanned differently). Or, nothing wrong w/good old fashioned glycerine.

    For my western saddles, I favor Skidmore's Leather Cream for the conditioning. You don't need much-and so if you don't apply much at a time, no issues with tooling.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan. 29, 2013
    Greensboro, NC


    leather new is good but make sure you wipe down with a soft cloth after to pick up any residue/soap left over.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun. 29, 2008
    San Diego


    I like Bicks Cleaner and Conditioner, it works well without darkening the leather.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb. 16, 2003
    MI USA


    I use the Lexol in the orange bottle. It is a liquid, so a dab and then scrub with a wet brush, which gets into all the tooling and removes dirt. I use a natural fiber vegtable brush, think the nylon bristles are usually too harsh on thread or leather itself. Then wipe that area clean of the foam, Lexol, with a very wet rag to get everything off. Sometimes you need the extra wet to get things cleaned off. Then wipe again with a dry rag.

    I do the entire saddle, let it sit overnight to dry, then condition it. I like the Lexol Conditioner, but it can darken very light leather. Usually use a couple of coats of the Lexol, letting leather dry between applications. I do condition both sides of the leather if possible, like fenders. Then buff when dry with a dry towel and saddle is good to go for a while. My saddles are older, and I like the look of well used leather, so the Lexol is fine with me. Doesn't change color on my equipment after it dries out. I have been using Lexol products for a LONG time, and the saddles are in great condtion, very soft and flexible, but still strong.

    I don't use any of the creams, saddle soap or other products BECAUSE they do always seem to leave residue in the carving. I am NOT going to sit and dig that out with a toothpick after cleaning saddles!

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep. 17, 2003
    Fort Myers, Florida

    Default Passier lederbalsam!

    WOW! I've used it all before and this completely restored dead leather with one easy application. I haven't found it to build up in the tooling either when I used it on an older Simco heavily tooled show saddle. Whenever that happens though simply use a toothbrush.
    "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

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