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Caring for Rain Soaked Ariat Monacos

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  • Caring for Rain Soaked Ariat Monacos

    Hello! Last weekend I had to show in a complete downpour for two days, and now my Monacos are looking a bit dry. I have had them airing out in the house for the past few days, and they are finally not damp anymore. I am wondering how I should care for the leather moving forward? I have heard that oiling tall boots can dull their shine, is this true? Should I just polish them like normal? I typically use Urad on them, but in two years of showing I have somehow never gotten the boots soaked in the rain until now!

    They are also the Monaco Stretch boots if that is helpful.

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    tall boots can lose their luster after conditioners and cleaning agents are applied to it, absolutely. in some tall boots what gives them that shine is a protective wax sealing.

    your boots will be fine, but just make sure once they are dry that you condition them with something before use. leather can get soaked without too much detriment to its integrity so long as it is cared for after.

    i like effax leder-soft for boots, but i use this on all my strap goods and find i prefer it over other balms because it does not collect dust or leave a sticky residue. it does a good job of penetrating leather and restoring condition to dried leather.

    following, if you want the shine back, get some effax shoe polish:

    before i sound like an effax billboard, my preferred tack cleaning conditioner is belharra saddle soap... but it is very hard to get in the states

    for the record, i like URAD a lot, but i have had a hard time keeping dust from collecting on it for boots. it is great as a top-dress especially pre-rainy show class (i am an eventer, have used it on the seat of my saddle and my boots as a protective barrier against rain) but i've found it doesn't penetrate well, and is a better surface conditioner than an all-around one. it also can prevent other conditioners from properly seeping in sometimes so i generally wipe down with a basic soap first before applying a different conditioner.


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      Custom and semi-custom washable wool felt saddle pads!


      • #4
        I got poured on Saturday. Let dry thinking I'd just polish but they were dry once not longer damp. My go to was also Vogel's boot creme which is no more. I closed my eyes and used the Effax mentioned above. Once it soaked in I buffed and polished with Urad. Good as new. I have Sergio's.