How do I clean the white leather accents on my horse’s tack?
With great bling, comes great responsibility... or something like that! While dark brown or black tack can be tricky to thoroughly clean, white leather is a royal pain to keep looking bright and new. Luckily, I have loads of tricks. Be sure to check your saddle or bridle manufacturer in case they have cleaning instructions. Also be sure to test any cleaning tip on a hidden part of tack, just in case And then you can keep your white leather accented tack super bright with these cleaning tips:
So fancy....let's keep it that way!
- Keep the leather conditioned. When leather gets dry, it cracks. When it’s cracked, dirt has a lovely rent free home. Start the conditioning routine as soon as you get the bridle so the leather can soften and become more supple. Be careful with oils, they can sometimes darken leather. A balsam may be your best bet.
- Clean after each use. I like to wipe with a damp towel or washcloth to get the dirt and sweat off right away.
- Now you can clean with your regular tack soap and/or conditioner.
Yes, this is a real saddle.
You can also use a few household items to remove stains and tough dirt stuff:
- Rubbing alcohol. But this can dry your leather, so extra conditioning.
- Cornstarch. I have not tried this, but some leather care experts say that cornstarch rubbed into a stain can help remove it.
- Toothpaste. The regular old fashioned white kind.
- White shoe polish. Be sure to buff, buff, buff!
- Foam erasers. These cleaning bad boys are actually super duper fine sandpaper, so use caution.
It's like when you are coloring your hair - do a patch test first.
Store your special white leather tack away from dust! Cabinets are a good choice, and if you don’t have a cabinet you can use a bridle bag instead.
How do you keep your white leather tack looking new?