Use Hide-Bracer: Repels dirt and grime keeping leather clean and soft on Equestrian Equipment
It is very important to care for your leather items from the first day you buy them. The most important reason to keep good care of your leather items is safety. If you do not care for your leather equipment well enough, it may crack or peel, or fall apart at the seams while you are riding or using it. Another good reason to clean your equipment often is, in the event of an accidental drenching, or accidental mold-growing, how well you cared for your tack in the past will determine how well it will bounce back.
Leather that isn’t taken care of will lose its natural oils. It may even crack and peel with use, or as it dries after cleaning or revival. In addition, the stitching is likely to rot, resulting in equipment that falls apart while you’re using it.
Each time you use your leather equipment, wipe it down with a soft cloth when you are done. This will remove any dirt or dust accumulated during its use, which will decrease the possibility of mold growth and rotting.
Always store your leather items in a dry, non-humid area to prevent mold and mildew growth. When possible, use a saddle cover or bridle bag to keep your clean leather items in, so that dust and dirt cannot settle on them and grow mold. If you do not have a saddle cover or bridle bag, or cannot afford them, you can make them yourself fairly easily. Use an old sheet or pillowcase for a bridle bag. Just place the pillowcase over your bridles/halters the same way you would with a pillow. Then, hang it on your bridle rack. To cover your saddle drape a clean sheet, pillowcase, or saddle pad over your saddle when it is not in use.
In the past soaps with water were used to maintain and clean leather. In different regions of the county, ground water can contain minerals that can damage the surface of leather. In larger cities, they have put the water through purification but can contain chlorine additives that are not good for the surface of leather. Soap is alkaline and no matter how gentle the soap is, it will dull the finish and damage the delicate pH of leather.
Hide-Bracer Leather Cleaner and Conditioner will maintain leather as it guards against premature wear out. Leather has tiny pores that allow it to breathe. These tiny pores absorb human perspiration and as the water evaporates, salts contained therein remain to absorb the essential oils in the leather. This accumulation of salts and other residues should be cleaned from the leather. The loss of oils within the leather is the first step to hardening and cracking. Leather is also subjected to destructive UV rays. Hide Bracer will help reflect these harmful UV rays.
Most other leather care products are based on tallow or neat’s-foot oil. Tallow contains salts that build up with repeated applications and attack the leather fibers. These animal fats provide a culture for the growth of bacteria and fungus, and can turn rancid, resulting in further attack on the leather. The use of too much oil or wax, can clog the pores of leather. When this happens, leather loses its ability to allow air in and moisture out. Even worse, oils and waxes attract airborne dirt or dust participles that actually cut the microscopic fibers that make leather so strong and durable. Products that use animal fats include mink oil, lanolin-based products, neat’s foot oil, etc.
HIDE BRACER IS THE BEST LEATHER CARE CLEANER AND CONDITIONER MADE. Leather is an investment. Hide Bracer will keep your leather beautiful and new looking for many years.
Apply a small amount of Hide Bracer to your leather and buff dry to a beautiful sheen.
Do not use Hide Bracer on suede, nubuck or unfinished leathers.
A little goes a long way!
Hide Bracer Leather Cleaner & Conditioner, 8 oz.