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Cleaning elastic on breastplates?

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  • Cleaning elastic on breastplates?

    I have a breastplate w/ elastic (like this one: http://www.nunnfiner.com/Nunn-Finer-...plate-p/84.htm) and was wondering how you clean the elastic part. I usually just soak it in water after I'm done riding, but I want to throughly clean it. Any ideas?

    ETA: Also, any good ideas for cleaning rubber reins?

    Last edited by Jumpers4life; Feb. 27, 2010, 12:06 AM. Reason: ETA
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  • #2
    I've used a 'tide to go' pen on my elastic breastplate, but mine is a lot less elastic than that!

    Maybe an old tooth brush and some laundry detergent?
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    • #3
      I have always used Kirk's Castile and a toothbrush. I like using this because I tend to get soap all over the place, and it doesn't hurt the leather...


      • #4
        For the breastplate, throw it in the washer on delicate cycle with Leather Therapy or PePeDe detergent.

        For the rubber reins, if they're just dirty, plain water or water with a touch of vinegar should remove the grit. If they're gummy and "melty", they're done for and you'll either have to throw them out or pay for rubber replacement.
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        • #5
          Second PePeDe


          • #6
            washing machine on the hand wash/delicate cycle with Leather Therapy wash.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by alteringwego View Post
              washing machine on the hand wash/delicate cycle with Leather Therapy wash.
              Have you had a problem with double elastic coming un-sewed? Mine is elsastic (in spots) and I'm worried that the double elastic (think girth elastic) would come undone...
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              • Original Poster

                Wait, put the breastplate in the washing machine?! Wouldn't that hurt the leather because of all the water? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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                • #9
                  Yeah... No.... I'm not about to throw mine in the washing machine.
                  "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork


                  • #10
                    I scrub mine with a stiff brush & soap. When it's dry I condition the leather parts.


                    • #11
                      Toothpaste! Yes, use toothpaste and a stiffbrush to scrub in the paste. Let sit for a litle bit, then rinse with a wet sponge. Don't be too liberal with the paste, it'll make for a lot of work getting it out.

                      Any type does a good job. Since you do not want the elastic to whiten, I suggest you try a small spot on the undeside first.

                      Old Upper Level Pony Club trick.


                      • #12
                        Just a thought, but what about letting the elastic bits soak in Oxyclean, we use it on a lot of various horsey things around the barn and it works really well.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jumpers4life View Post
                          Wait, put the breastplate in the washing machine?! Wouldn't that hurt the leather because of all the water? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
                          Not if you use a product that's designed for leather. Which Leather Therapy and PePeDe are. How do you think the dressage folks with delicate deerskin full seats get their stuff clean?

                          I own exactly the breastplate that you linked to, and it's survived three rounds in the washing machine. I toss it in about once yearly to get the elastic really clean.
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                          • #14
                            I wash all my daughter's horses leather equitation boots, fleece lined girth and elastic breast plate in the washing machine with Leather Therapy. I put the boots and the breast plate in a lingerie bag. Everything comes out great.


                            • #15
                              Toothpaste is wonderful stuff. Thats all you need along with an old tooth brush- looks brand new!


                              • #16
                                hm, i'll have to try the washing machine! i took a look at mine yesterday after reading this and it could definitely use a good cleaning!


                                • #17
                                  Hose it down, hang to dry, oil the leather.
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                                  • Original Poster

                                    Thanks for the tips everyone! I think I'll try the toothpaste first, and if that's not enough I'll put it in the washing machine (gulp).
                                    No jumps, no glory...
                                    Know jumps, know glory!
                                    "One person's wrong lead is another person's counter canter."