Leather Care Recomendations from Luck Saddlery & Outfitters
The life of your leather equipment depends on the care you give it.
The life of your leather equipment depends on the care you give it. Most saddles & tack experience the tough rigors of the environment, and proper care is essential to prolong their life
Leather should allways be properly cleaned before it is conditioned. Otherwise the dust & dirt could be pulled into the fibers of the leather along with the conditioner.The dirt will then act as an abrasive & cause cracking and premature wear. Also it could lessen the beneficial effects of the conditioner, and prevent proper penitration of the conditioner. DO NOT use solvents for cleaning. DO NOT use cleaning products which are not specifically desigined for leather. NEVER use heat or direct sunlight to dry leather or it may become brittle & loose its strength.Leather which has been burned thru this process should never be used.
Dust & dirt can be removed from the saddle fleece with a vacume cleaner. If your saddle gets wet, clean all the leather parts that have been exposed to sweat & moisture & let dry naturally, then use conditioner. Allways use the best quality leather conditioners available to you. The type you choose will depend on the leather type & color you are trying to maintain. Oils are superior for most leather use, however some darkening will occur. If you are trying to maintain leather with a light finish, we have had very good results with the “Bick” product line and also Meltonian Cleaner & Conditioner.
Allways try to properly store your equipment. Never store your leather in plastic bags or other non-porus covers.To prevent mildew, protect your equipment from excessive humidity. In a dry invironment, regulary condition the leather to prevent it from drying and cracking. Do not use Silicones or waxes as they seal the pores of the leather and impair the ability of leather to breathe. Greases should not be used because they also may seal the pores & pick up additional dust & dirt & slow drying time. Do not use mink oil or animal fats. They can turn rancid, causing the stitching and the leather to decay. They will also cause leather to darken. We are very exprienced leather care professionals. We offer all type of saddle, tack and boot repair. Please contact us for all your leather care questions or repair needs.