Saddle Washing Soap No.7 Guide

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Saddle Washing Soap No.7 Guide

Should I buy Chamberlain’s Saddle Washing Soap No.7 for my leather? How should I use it? What results should I expect? All this and more will be revealed in this handy guide!

What Saddle Washing Soap Will Do

Designed Especially for Saddle & Tack

Chamberlain’s Saddle Washing Soap No.7 is a creamy, luscious mélange of all-natural ingredients and nutrients, designed for the singular task of keeping your saddle and tack leather as clean as possible. Compared with most other types of leather, saddle and tack tend to have unique makes that require very particular care. Recipe No.7 was concocted specifically for this kind of leather, handpicking all the best ingredients to cleanse your saddle’s pores and wash away the dust and grime from a long day on the road.

Environmentally Friendly, All-Natural, Safe for Human & Horse!

Whether you are cleaning up your saddle after gallop through the wilderness, or trying to restore an old, time-stained friend recently recovered from the attic, Saddle Washing Soap will get the job done. This recipe’s got a potent cleansing punch, curing old stains and peeling off dusty layers with equal ease. Even more vital to this recipe’s value is it natural quality. All ingredients are of a pure, natural quality, creating a recipe that is pH balanced and made with FDA approved, cosmetic grade ingredients safe for human skin, with no added dyes or scent irritants. This means the recipe will not harm human or horse skin, and is entirely environmentally friendly – in fact, we’ve watched some people drink Leather Milk straight out of the bottle! We wouldn’t personally advise doing this, of course!

Clean, Luminous Leather; Made in USA

Chamberlain’s leather cleaners are well known for their luminous cleansing prowess. Supplemented with light conditioning properties, Saddle Washing Soap should cleanse your saddle and tack leather down to its pores, clearing away the dust and debris with a gentle touch and restoring it to its natural quality. Its rich, creamy texture only enhances its easy application, melting into suds as it becomes wet for maximum absorption, and easy dry. Try it on all your saddle, tack & bridle leather! All Leather Milk products are made in USA.

What Saddle Washing Soap Does Not Do

Not much! Saddle Washing Soap is a gentle cleaning and conditioning recipe that works wonders even on its own. Some leather may need professional treatment if it has accrued significant stains or water damage over the years, and conventional leather cleaners do not work. In addition, while Saddle Washing Soap does provide your leather with a light conditioning, you may want to supplement it with a concentrated leather conditioner, such as Chamberlain’s Saddle & Tack Salve No.8, to get the most out of your hide.

Saddle Washing Soap was specifically designed for saddle and tack leather. While it may be used on other leathers, it may be less efficient than conventional leather cleaners, such as Chamberlain’s Straight Cleaner No.2.

Saddle Washing Soap is not designed for suede, nubuck, or any other suede-like leather.

How to Use Saddle Washing Soap

1. If available, consult any leather care recommendations included with your item by the leather’s manufacturer.

2. Shake well. Test recipe first in a discreet area and allow to dry naturally in a cool, clean location away from sunlight and heat. If you do not find excess color rub off, discoloration in leather, or any other negative effect, it is safe to use on your leather.

3. Remove any excess dirt and debris on the surface of your leather with a damp cloth. Shake your Saddle Washing Soap bottle well and apply the recipe to a wet lint-free cloth, pad or soft brush. The recipe’s texture should change from creamy to a soapy, spuddy consistency. After this, gently massage it into the leather’s surface. Avoid using too much at one time; less is more, and you can always reapply more if you need. Do not apply any more than naturally absorbs at a time. Once the leather is dry, buff it off with a soft cloth or brush for added luster.

4. Allow the recipe to dry naturally. For best results, allow the recipe to set in overnight.

5. Use Saddle Washing Soap as often as you feel your leather needs it. It is usually best to clean your leather 2-3 times a year, or whenever it has become excessively dirty. How many times you need to clean it may depend upon the way it was made, the climate it’s in, and how much use it gets. Get to know your own unique leather, and find a cleaning routine that works best for both of you through experience.

Is Saddle Washing Soap Right for My Leather?

Leather is a hearty creature, living and breathing, and with good care, growing stronger with age. As leather explores the world around it, it picks up souvenirs to remember its experiences: smells, oils, and more. These materials can help the leather grow strong and beautiful – potentially culminating in a luxurious patina. They can also degrade your leather, however, if it breathes in the wrong kinds of materials. Dirt, mud, rain – you name it – all of these things can build up, and turn a beautiful saddle into a forgotten attic stowaway. To keep your leather pristine, you need to keep it clean.

Saddle and tack is made to be tough. No matter how you treat it, chances are it’s going to be with you for years and years to come, for better or worse. This does not mean it will always look and smell good. The unique way saddle and tack leather is made means that some leather cleaners may not work as well. As a rule, this leather is generally not as porous and absorbent as other leathers, and is frequently protected with a strong finish. As the leather wears, it may roughen and dry out, and debris that does absorb may not come out easily. Recipe No.7 is designed to thrive in these situations, and refresh your leather thoroughly.

On the other hand, it is always best to test any leather recipe you plan to use in a discreet area first. There are many different types of leathers out there, and many ways they are prepared. What works on one type of leather may not work on another. Some leathers may darken after applications of leather conditioner. While these leathers usually lighten back up with time and use (allowing the conditioner to fully absorb) – it is always best to play things safe. Some leathers may need entirely different forms of treatment altogether, such as nubuck and suede.Finally, if you have any allergy concerns, be sure to

Finally, if you have any allergy concerns, be sure to Contact Us to ensure none of the ingredients will be harmful to anyone coming into contact with the treated leather. Individuals with nut allergies are not advised to use Leather Milk. For more health recommendations, please visit our Saddle Washing Soap SDS (Safety Data Sheet).

Long and short, if you’ve got quality saddle and tack leather, you need Leather Milk. Test it first and use it well – and it will save your hide!


Hope this helps!
Daniel S

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