Leather does react to environmental impacts as it is not a natural products. Today, we are going to introduce three key factors that help you better take care of your saddle.
This is essential! A correct storage location can significantly extend the leather's lifetime. Please make sure that you store your saddle on a suitable saddle stand in a dry, dark, and cool place. Storing your saddle in the barn is not a good idea.
Two types of leather should be treated in a different way.
Smooth leather can be cleaned with a damp sponge and a compatible saddle soap/treatment to remove perspiration remnants and dirt.
Nubuck and split leather can be cleaned with a nubuck leather eraser or a crepe/nubuck brush.
Different leathers should be maintained differently. For instance, all the DP Saddlery horse saddles are made of top-quality vegetable tanned leather. To keep the leather in substance and quality, please take care of the smooth leather on a regular basis by applying a thin layer of leather treatment after cleaning upon need.
Please note: Leather treatment products should only be applied on the smooth outer part of the saddle. Roughout leather absorbs a lot more of oil-based leather care products than the smooth leather side. So, it is important to treat roughout leather very sparingly.
During the cleaning/treatment process, please leave out all split and nubuck surfaces including the areas bordering smooth leather.
Light natural colored saddles may darken over time due to the usage of leather care products and the natural environmental changes.