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  • Leather and Humidity

    I'm moving to Costa Rica in 4 weeks, and I'll be there for at least 14 months!

    In my "welcome packet" they specifically mention "The humidity averages 80% in Costa Rica. When packing, keep in mind that materials like leather mold very fast here. Leather shoes, purses, watch straps, jackets ALL mold!"

    I was thinking about bringing my paddock boots so I could try to catch a ride here and there. However, now I'm worried. Since I won't be riding regularly, I know I won't be giving them the attention they need. Will they really get so bad?

    I live in California... a dessert. So this is very new to me.
    Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique

  • #2
    Will you have air conditioning? It's humid here in VA so I keep all my leather in the house
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    • #3
      Sounds like Florida I second A/C, shouldn't be a problem inside. Otherwise, treat it like the good old days before insulated tack rooms....keep covered, wipe off ALL the TIME.


      • #4
        And congrats, by the way. Have a blast, and PICTURES!!!


        • #5
          If you don't have AC, try a product called "Damp Rid" I kept it in my tack locker when I lived in NC and had mold issues.

          It has kind of a funny smell, but not as bad as something like moth balls, but I didn't find that any of my leather absorbed the smell and it kept the mold at bay. Might be worth a shot.
          Dreaming in Color


          • Original Poster

            I don't believe I have a/c because we're in the rainforest so it's more chilly than hot. If I cover them what do I cover them with? Should I put them in a bag? What is the best type of material for it? (I'm sorry I realize this is probably a stupid question for those of you in humid climates.

            I'll definitely check out the damp rid. Thanks!

            And talkofthetown, thanks! I'm really excited, but starting to get nervous. I'll be making a blog so I'll make sure to put it in my signature.
            Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


            • #7
              Originally posted by drmgncolor View Post
              If you don't have AC, try a product called "Damp Rid" I kept it in my tack locker when I lived in NC and had mold issues.

              It has kind of a funny smell, but not as bad as something like moth balls, but I didn't find that any of my leather absorbed the smell and it kept the mold at bay. Might be worth a shot.
              Damp Rid is AMAZING. I'm in FL, I swear by this stuff.
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              • #8
                Wonders, when I kept my saddles in a non-climate controlled room, I just kept them covered with a regular saddle cover (cotton? those black generic ones). They're not 100% humid proof, obviously, but they help...mildew wouldn't start showing up for a couple of days. But I was also riding regularly, so cleaning my tack often, too. Yeah, definitely link your blog!


                • #9
                  Leather Therapy in the spray bottle will prevent mold. Have fun! I am a native Floridian, and have not had any mold issues since I started using the Leather Therapy.


                  • #10
                    What takes you to Costa rica and what will you be doing there? Sounds like quite an adventure. Please keep us informed and, yes, lots of pictures.


                    • Original Poster

                      Ok good! I'm having faith that I can keep my paddock boots alive there.

                      I'll be working for Outward Bound. They're a huge adventure education organization. Here is Costa Rica's website: http://costaricaoutwardbound.org/ I'll be working with prospective and incoming students; basically getting them all set up for the courses they'll be coming on.

                      I'm really really excited, but also really nervous. I know very little Spanish, and while I'm trying to learn 50-75 words a day, I'm still pretty intimidated. But this is a dream company to work for and an amazing location. So I will suck it up and learn my español!
                      Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


                      • Original Poster

                        DampRid... there are so many choices! What should I get? I don't know that I'll have enclosed closet, everyone just says "there are places to hang clothes". Will the hanging one do for my boots if it's not a closed area? (I also have to consider space when packing. I might just have to see if I can get it there.)

                        Does it really only last for 60 days?

                        And how much Leather Therapy will it take for a pair of boots? I'm spending way to much money getting ready to move... would just 2oz be enough or is 8 more reasonable?
                        Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


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