Always do a quick wipe down after every ride so things don’t get too out of hand. Use a damp (not wet) cloth and Effax leather cream soap to wipe all the surfaces down to remove all dust and mud. For major cleaning time have some old toothbrushes handy for getting in the nooks and crannies. Undo all the buckles and wipe off every square inch of surface. Give some extra time to caring for those areas of tack that get extra wear and tear. Follow with a sponge or cloth and work some Effax Leather combi into the leather. Wipe off again with a clean damp cloth. Remember: If you apply oil on dirty leather it actually sets the dirt. Then over time you just have a build-up of layers of dirt and oil. Not the treatment you are going for. So, take the extra time to do it right.
After cleaning, it’s important to condition the leather with aEffax leather balsam. The leather needs constant comditioning. Remember it was once skin (sorry vegan readers) and needs constant conditioning. Note: don’t oil the reins. This cleaning time provides the perfect opportunity to carefully do a safety check on your tack. Look for wear and tear and rips and basically anything that doesn’t look safe or like it’s capable of doing what it is meant to do.