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How do I clean my Mattes sheepskin halfpad?

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  • How do I clean my Mattes sheepskin halfpad?

    I bought a Mattes sheepskin halfpad a couple months ago and now the black of my saddle is wearing on it, what is the best way to clean this pad. When i purchased it, a container of melp was included. What the heck is that stuff?

  • #2
    Read the instructions on the Melp and wash it with that. AIR DRY. Trust me. My horse has to have sheepskin against his skin, so I've learned, through trial and error, how to keep the stuff clean. Ruined a few expensive pads in the process. Now I buy less expensive stuff. Less money. Same benefits.
    Amanda

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    • #3
      Leather Therapy wash, Melp or (my favorite) Eucalan Woolwash. Cold wash, delicate cycle. Air dry away from the sun or heat.

      Some folks recommend Murphy's Oil Soap. I haven't tried it, but have used it on my tack, so it's probably a good bet, too.

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        #4
        do you just add the melp to the wash in place of a detergent?

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        • #5
          Yes. It's a wool/leather wash. Works on leather-seated breeches, too.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
            Read the instructions on the Melp and wash it with that. AIR DRY. Trust me. My horse has to have sheepskin against his skin, so I've learned, through trial and error, how to keep the stuff clean. Ruined a few expensive pads in the process. Now I buy less expensive stuff. Less money. Same benefits.
            Definitely what yellowbritches said- air dry! Once it's mostly dry, I use a plastic bristle hair brush (of the dollar store variety) to "fluff" it, since it often dries matted and flattened. Combing it out makes it look almost like new.
            Balanced Care Equine

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            • #7
              Stick it in the washer with some Melp, and air dry. Once its dry "brush" the sheep skin to fluff it- like faybe said. Then you wont have any pressure spots created by the matting.
              Eventingismylife
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              • #8
                Woolite is fine, too, just use a little bit. Delicate cycle and air-drying are more important than the detergent. When dry, brush it out a little with a brush that won't snag. Shake it out, good to go.
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                • #9
                  The little wire cat brushes work really well for fluffing flat post-wash fleece. They don't seem to snag much.
                  Leap, and the net will appear

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                  • #10
                    Agree with above, except I put mine in the dryer on the "air only" cycle - no heat. It fluffs the heck out of it with no brushing required.
                    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                    The Grove at Five Points

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                    • #11
                      They use Woolite on sheep, so I'm guessing it will work on sheepskin as well.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Drive NJ View Post
                        They use Woolite on sheep, so I'm guessing it will work on sheepskin as well.
                        Do the sheep go in the dryer on "air only" also? Prevents the need for brushing . . .
                        Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                        The Grove at Five Points

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ACMEeventing View Post
                          Do the sheep go in the dryer on "air only" also? Prevents the need for brushing . . .
                          Balanced Care Equine

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                          • #14
                            Another vote here for Woolite. It's worked wonderfully for me in the past! Leather Therapy Wash works as well. As others have said, always air dry.

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                            • #15
                              Does it matter if your wash machine is front or top load?
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                              • #16
                                I ALWAYS put my sheep on airdry.

                                Melp! (Sounds like the noise they make in there, huh?)
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                                • #17
                                  i was terrified to wash my mattes for the first time! Melp and air dry and it was as good as new!!

                                  here's a question: i just bought leather and sheepskin open front boots at a consignment sale. the sheepskin is NOT detachable. How do I wash them?
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                                  From starting gate to start box!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                                    I ALWAYS put my sheep on airdry.

                                    Melp! (Sounds like the noise they make in there, huh?)
                                    Actually, it's more like "meeeelp"

                                    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                                    The Grove at Five Points

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                                    • #19
                                      Be careful using Woolite, I have seen pads destroyed from washing in Woolite. All otherwise taken care of the same way: cold wash, air dry, etc. Apparently Woolite is not designed to maintain the actual sheepskin (not the fleece, the skin) and it will eventually damage the skin which led to chunks of fleece coming off the skin.

                                      I would stick with Melp or Leather Therapy or another product designed to keep the fleece and base sheepskin sound.
                                      Leap, and the net will appear

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                                      • #20
                                        I would recommend hand washing unless you've got a front-load washing machine. If you use a top-load, the agitator can really mess up your pad.

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