Saddle Cleaning and Conditioning

Posted 11.04.2019 by Admin / Categories: Let's Rope | Saddles

Saddle Cleaning and Conditioning

Martin shared a tried and true method for cleaning and conditioning your saddle that will preserve it for years to come.

1. Set it in the sun. The sun opens the pores of the leather. “Even though that cow is dead, the hide is alive, and needs open pores to absorb oil,” Martin shared.

2. Hose it off. Blast all the dirt and grime off prior to oiling. (Yes, the padded suede seat will be just fine, and will dry nicely). If you don’t hose it off prior to oiling and soaping, you will seal the surface of the leather and prevent the saddle from absorbing the oils and soaps. Note: Be aware that water may darken very light-colored leather.

3. Oil it. Once the saddle dries, oil it and leave it in the sun until the oil absorbs. (If you’ve ever had saddle oil on your jeans after riding, the saddle wasn’t in the sun long enough to open the pores and fully absorb the oil.) We recommend Mallet Leather Dressing.

4. Saddle soap it. Oil cleans leather; saddle soap conditions leather. Many times, people think saddle soap equals soap suds and cleaning, but it doesn’t. Leather New by Farnam is suggested.

Martin recommends following this procedure at least twice a year. In humid climates, where mildew is common, wipe your saddle down with an over-the-counter antibacterial to kill mold and bacteria which can break down leather. In dry climates, clean, oil and condition more often. Just remember to follow the steps.

More saddle tips can be found online at www.southtexastack.com or email your questions to contactus@southtexastack.com

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