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How does one go about cleaning leather? I have a few leather items (bracers, a collar, etc.) that I have worn dancing a few times. Which means that I've sweat in them, a lot, to the point where they're salt-stained and, in one case, kind of smelly from the retained sweat. Are they salvagable?


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Oct. 18th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Saddle soap is your friend. Rub it on with a very small amount of water, let it sit a moment rub it off with a barely damp cloth, let the leather dry, check it, repeat if nessicary.

So yes probably salvageable, might want to consider mink oiling them, might not, that depends more on the piece.
Oct. 18th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Which of course begs the question; where does one get saddle soap?
Oct. 18th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Any leather supply or replay replace should have something suitable! Northbound comes to mind although they have a different line then Saddle Soap. Nothing like an excuse to go shopping! :-)
Oct. 18th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Home hardware was always my preffered place, shoe shops, corner stores, I don't know it's just always about when I need it. Unlike so many other things in life.
Oct. 18th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Also any of those little shoe repair places should have stuff for cleaning leather. Saddle soap is definitely a good call -- saddles get pretty damn dirty.
Oct. 18th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
you know what...I really need to get my mind outta the gutter. I went to a very non-horse oriented place when you said that..

I think I need saddle-soap for the brain...
Oct. 18th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
if you're going to be in KW this weekend, the place to get it is any TSC store (they'll also have leather conditioner and oils like mink or neatsfoot to help keep leather items supple). there's one on weber street across from the St Jacob's farmer's market, and another at the very south end of kithener just of the 401 near my place (tucked in behind the gas station/tim horton's/macdonald's complex on the west side of homer watson at the first set of lights).

i'm not sure if i have any soap on hand at the house, but i'll check. i know we oiled matthew's leather duster when i bought it for him, but i don't think we cleaned it.

if you don't get any this weekend, let me know and i'll pick some up for you and TCS (Tribe Courier Service) it to you at CHEESE.
Oct. 18th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Just an FYI for both of you, I HAVE saddle soap that I'm happy to part with. TCS delivery needed?
Oct. 18th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh! If I can grab it from you via TCS when I'm in KW tomorrow, that would be awesome! (Assuming I don't actually see you)
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
if you'll be at Bards on friday, you can hand it to him directly :) (or hand it to reb when you're there this weekend (and i can get it from him when he's done and return it to you, or keep it on hand if you mean "part with" in a permanent, please-don't-make-me-move-it sense ;-)
Oct. 18th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
After heaving sweating, you might consider wiping it down wih a barely-damp cloth just to prevent salt stains.
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Tack shop! All horse things are leather and many of them get strange things on them! (:

Ooh wait smoeone else already told you! haha!
Oct. 18th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Also! You already wanted riding boots, why not just hit up an actual tack shop and get a look see at boots and prices and things? (:
Oct. 18th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Mmm, riding boots...
And as you thoughtfully pointed out on MSN, Greenhawk at 1950 Avenue Rd. toronto on canada m5m 4a1 is just such a place. (Noted here so i don't lose the info) :)
Oct. 18th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Check against Nick's Shoe Repair on Dundas, they do riding boots and custom foot ware at pretty amazing prices. It's not a name that inspires much but it's been there I think since God made little green apples as the saying goes.
Oct. 18th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
And by Dundas I ment Dupont, nearish Spadina.
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