I’m super excited to start a new blog series for the next month all about spring cleaning! I’ll go over a variety of equine-related spring cleaning topics ranging from trailer organization, re-matting stalls, sheath cleaning, and beyond! All those looming projects that we equestrians
like plan to tackle in the spring. Let’s get started!
Today I’m going to talk about tack cleaning. I have found that equestrians can be divided into two groups: those who religiously clean their tack and those who…don’t. That’s me! Guilty! 🙂 So, when I do clean my tack, I want it to be fast and simple, but effective. When I got my Dale Chavez saddle for Christmas a few years ago, it came with an excellent leather conditioner called Renapur. It is so easy to use, leaves a buttery-soft feel, and doesn’t darken the leather on my tack. It’s completely goof-proof!
Here’s how I use Renapur on my tack:
- If your tack is dusty or moldy, clean it first with a damp rag. I love to cut old t-shirts into strips to use as disposable rags. Wipe off mold and then throw away the rag–reusing the rag will just spread the mold spores! ** If you want a more-thorough clean, Renapur also has a great leather cleaner! This would be a great option to use if you’re trying to sell your tack and want it to look it’s best.
- Renapur comes with super soft, dense sponges that apply the balsam perfectly. Just dip the sponge into the pot and glide it over the top. It doesn’t take much! Plus, you can always apply more if your tack is extra dry and soaks up the moisture quickly.**If your tack is extra dry and you’re concerned about the color changing while cleaning, try cleaning a small area first, letting it dry, and then moving ahead with your cleaning when you’re sure it won’t darken your leather.
- Work from front to back, using a gentle circular motion. Don’t forget the fenders and stirrups on western saddles.
- No need to buff out Renapur! When you’re done, you’re done!
- If your tack has silver, use a gentle silver polish with an old toothbrush, then wipe away with a damp rag. You can find silver polish in the cleaning aisle at your super market.
(In this picture, Renappur was applied on the right side only. The balsam really conditions the leather!)
While you have your tack out, don’t forget to clean your boots, too! Renapur works wonders on regular riding boots as well as show boots. I love that the Leather Balsam doesn’t leave a high gloss finish–I prefer a matte look on my boots. However, if you need extra shine, they carry a Hi-Shine product for that!
I really like using Renapur on all my tack–the results are amazing! The price is affordable and it lasts through many cleanings. There are many leather conditioners on the market and we all know horse people think their way is the superior way 😉 What’s your favorite?
P.S. If you want to try Renapur for yourself, shop here!