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        Renate - Friday 1 August 2021

        How to: Clean your leather tack

        Leather maintenance and warranty for your leather tack.
        Leather products are unique, handmade from natural materials. The minor irregularities in the material or structure can be characteristic of this. Proper use and proper care of leather are essential to guarantee that you can enjoy it for a long time. This description aimed at cleaning and oiling leather contributes to this, therefore read this carefully! All leather products receive a quality check before they leave our warehouse and are provided with a condition. The leather product can dry out during transport, and therefore the leather must be taking care of with a leather balm or conditioner before the first use.
        Influences on sustainability.
        Leather is a strong natural product, but with insufficient care, it can tear or break. Due to various influences such as use, applying force, friction, abrasive dust, dirt, sweat, manure, sunlight, not using for a long time, and an abundance of water, damage the leather surface and the underlying structure. These influences cause (little) cracks in the finished upper layer and thereby affect the structure. Without proper care, these influences can be disastrous for the quality of the leather product in the short term, thus shortening sustainability.
        General leather maintenance.
        Leather is a natural product, even when not in use, needs to be cleaned regularly and oiled or conditioned to maintain its condition to prevent premature wear. Therefore, it is important to use good quality organic or synthetic leather care products. General household products such as salad oil and household cleaners damage the leather and are unsuitable. In addition, leather care products are designed to draw into the leather, so beware of the hypersensitivity of your own skin!
        Cleaning of leather tack.
        Make sure you clean, care and check the leather after each use. Clean the leather to r dirt is removed with a damp cloth and leather cleaner. With intensive use, weekly care of the leather is necessary. First, clean the harness with a cloth or sponge with a leather cleaner; for that, you have to separate the parts to clean the corners and holes. During cleaning, you remove the dirt and grease and open the pores of the leather to feed the leather with a care product then. Use the leather cleaner sparingly, it removes fat, and too much of it could also remove the natural fats from the leather structure. Always read the instructions for the use of your leather cleaner.
        Conditioning and oiling the leather.
        Depending on the flexibility of the leather, it always needs a certain amount of care. It is best to provide the leather with good care immediately after cleaning in fat or oil. Depending on the leather, grease or oil will absorb quickly or less quickly. The underside of leather is generally less smooth or even uncovered and, therefore, more porous; an oil or grease quickly absorbs here.
        If the leather has become hard and stiff due to dehydration, this can be caused by delayed maintenance or prolonged non-use, then one or more oil-based cares will make the leather soft and supple again. As soon as the leather is soft and supple, you can switch over to leather fat. However, excessive oil on parts on which forces are applied can make the leather stretch and therefore become vulnerable. Excessive use of oil can also soak in available coastal materials (paddings) and stitching, causing irreparable damage. Also, be careful with non-leather finishes such as synthetic patent leather or Swarovski inlays; these finishes are susceptible to damage by applying care products such as oil and grease.
        Care after oils and fats.
        After brushing leather, wipe with a dry clean cloth, which lets the leather dry in the air and not nearby heating or in the sun. Finally, store your leather products in a non-damp, dark place.
        Cross straps and maintenance.
        The crossed straps from the bitless bridles models, chin, and cheek crossed are vulnerable.
        The degree of input of the rein aids (more or less powerful) makes a bitless bridle vulnerable to damage. In particular, the cross straps can wear or even break relatively quickly.
        Cross straps come in various designs: round leather, round cord made of polypropylene, and flat leather. The leather versions, in particular, require extra attention concerning maintenance. Too much leather oil or fat makes the leather too soft, making it too elastic and stretched out. On the other hand, too little or no maintenance makes the leather weak, brittle, and stiff so that it can break. So check the cross straps regularly for use and replace them in time; the sets are available separately in our store.
        Maintenance of Nubuck leather.
        Nubuck is a type of leather where the top of the skin is lightly sanded, creating a velvety appearance and feel. The appearance is roughly similar to suede but is a bit more robust. That is why nubuck is often used for shoes, boots, and padding with Deuber and Partner products. Nubuck leather has an entirely open pore and is particularly sensitive to grease, dirt, moisture, and sweat. Water or other liquids on the leather and should, thus, be popped up as quickly as possible. Do not rub, because when you press the liquid into the pores!
        Before cleaning, with a cloth or soft brush, remove coarse dirt and wipe the leather (do not rub) with a damp cloth. For maintenance, it is best to treat nubuck leather with a spray or maintenance product, especially for nubuck and suede. Do not use any other means! These are not suitable for this type of leather.

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