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Keeping your whites WHITE! Tricks?

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  • Keeping your whites WHITE! Tricks?

    I have searched and searched for tips that work for keeping white breeches, and pads white, and have not come up with any success other than buying a new pair or pad each time...which isnt economical.
    I've learned to spray off my saddle pads immediately after use with the highest setting on my garden hose to remove dirt, and to vacuum saddle pads with the shop vac to remove hair and dirt prior to washing, but it just seems that they never come sparkling white after washing.

    Ive used regular detergent and special saddle pad soap, oxy clean, shout, spray n wash, clorox 2, and bleach, overnight soaking, pre-soak, and extra rinsing. I have a top load HE washer so I'm not sure if its my hard water that keeps the detergents from its job, leaving everything dingy or what.

    Any other tips and tricks, please help! I don't want to put my new white Pipers with a grey full seat in bleach water, but even after washing twice and pre-treating, the very faint stains I had pre-wash didnt come out and now they are dingy
    Does Scotchguard practical and effective for breeches and pads for preventing stains from setting?
    Crayola Posse~Aquamarine
    Love vs Money...for the love of my horse, I have no money!

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    Someone once mentioned Natures Miracle, yes the pet stain remover, as a great laundry additive.

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    • #3
      If you have hard water, try Calgon Water Softener - comes in powder and liquid. Just add it to your detergent in the wash.
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      • #4
        Yes, Scotchguard works amazingly well on pads. I Scotchguarded the heck out of my white Back on Track pad, and I use the OxiClean stick on any dirt and boot stains before washing, and it still looks new after two show seasons.
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        • #5
          I second Scotch Guard! Works great!
          "I am but a passenger on this ship"
          -- Stendal (epitaph)

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          • #6
            Both for my whites as well as DS's white baseball pants here is what I do:

            1. Brush or rinse to remove "chunks" of dirt
            2. If there is red mud/dirt - presoak (min 1h) in a hot solution of Iron Out (do this outside or a very well ventilated area - it stinks!)
            3. Pretreat other stains based on type of stain - grass, horse slobber and food stains get enzymatic pretreatment, shoe polish gets Stain Devil, etc.
            4. Machine pre-wash cycle using Oxiclean, then standard hot water wash cycle wtih normal detergent

            I have a front-load HE and we have fairly hard water. The wash cycles take a long time, but this does a really good job - even gets the ground in mud stains out of DS's baseball pants.
            "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham

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            • #7
              Bluing!

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              • #8
                Following.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Foxtail View Post
                  Bluing!
                  Is there a detergent form thats safe to use in a washer? and how much? I dont want to just squirt some Quiksilver type solution in the wash.
                  Crayola Posse~Aquamarine
                  Love vs Money...for the love of my horse, I have no money!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by emipou View Post
                    I second Scotch Guard! Works great!
                    Does it do anything to prevent saddle stains (black/brown) on the front of the pad or are those a lost cause?
                    Crayola Posse~Aquamarine
                    Love vs Money...for the love of my horse, I have no money!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Empressive Award View Post

                      Does it do anything to prevent saddle stains (black/brown) on the front of the pad or are those a lost cause?
                      I use it after every wash for my white Lemieux pad. I've been using this pad in regular rotation for over a year now and it's still clean enough that I would consider showing it in.
                      "I am but a passenger on this ship"
                      -- Stendal (epitaph)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Empressive Award View Post

                        Is there a detergent form thats safe to use in a washer? and how much? I dont want to just squirt some Quiksilver type solution in the wash.
                        I generally use Mrs. Stewarts Bluing, since that's what my grocery store stocks. They've got instructions on their website, since the amount varies depending on the washer, but I generally use a quarter teaspoon diluted with a quart of cold water.

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