Leather tack and equipment is an important investment in any equestrian sport – and proper care not only keeps it looking great, but also helps it last longer. Over time, dirt and grime can become embedded in leather and cause it to dry out and deteriorate. The easiest way to prevent this is through regular cleaning and conditioning.
Look for products that work from the inside-out and will not stain or leave a residue on the leather. By penetrating the leather these types of products do more than just clean the surface – they actually lift embedded dirt and grime from the inner fibers of the leather for deep cleaning and conditioning, which is more thorough than traditional soaps. Look for gentle cleaners and pH neutral conditioners, and avoid products made with petroleum distillates because they can discolor and weaken leather over time.
Mold and mildew growth is a common problem for leather, especially in warm and humid environments and storage areas with limited ventilation. Using products that do not leave residue or surface moisture behind helps prevent buildup and mildew growth. The ideal solution is to use a product designed specifically to clean and inhibit mold and mildew like Leather Therapy Restorer & Conditioner by Absorbine®.
Cleaning your tack regularly not only keeps it looking great, but it also gives you a chance to inspect it for safety issues. Be sure to check saddle billets and stirrup leathers for cracks. Take the time to disassemble your bridle, which will allow you to thoroughly clean under the buckles where dirt can build up. Sweat, dirt, and grime can wreak havoc on your valuable tack and other leather goods, that's why it is important to protect them with high quality products specifically designed to deep-clean and condition them from the inside out.