Geoff, the founder of Oakwood Products himself, is here to help should you have any questions about riding gear cleaning and maintenance.
How often should I clean my gear?
Oakwood leather cleaning products can be used as often as required. We always recommend Oakwood Leather Conditioner after cleaning, to ensure the leather is moisturised, rehydrated and softened to protect your gear against everyday wear and tear.
Can Oakwood leather saddle and tack cleaning and conditioning products be used on exotic leathers?
Yes. All Oakwood Leather Cleaners and Conditioners have been formulated to be used on exotic leathers, such as crocodile and snake skins on your precious boots, bags, equestrian tack, motorcycle leathers and golf bags.
How do I prevent mould from growing on my leather gear?
Oakwood leather cleaners are specifically designed to remove mould and mildew from your gear. Regular maintenance using the Oakwood Complete Care System, will remove existing mould and prevent further growth. Oakwood Products don’t use any harsh mould inhibiting ingredients, which could damage the natural structure of your leather. It is also important to thoroughly dry your equipment after use and keep it stored in a dry and clean environment.
Will Oakwood Leather Care Products protect the stitching on my leather saddles and tack gear?
Absolutely. All Oakwood leather care products are carefully formulated and blended with safe ingredients to ensure all your stitching is protected.
What ingredients should I avoid with leather conditioners?
Always be careful with leather conditioner products that contain too much wax, as heavily waxed leather conditioners will not penetrate the leather, but simply provide a waxy waterproof that stops the leather from breathing.
Also be careful of liquid leather conditioners which may contain surfactants and silicons to clean and leave a shine, but will not condition the leather for long term benefits. Oakwood Leather Conditioner is specially blended with the right percentage of ingredients to quickly penetrate the leather for long-term maintenance and protection.
Why is using the right leather care products for equestrian saddles and tack important?
Leather saddle and tack gear is expensive, so you want to be sure that you use the right leather care products to preserve, maintain and protect your gear and keep it in its original condition. Using leather care products that are ‘too waxy’ will tend to only sit on the surface of leather collecting dust and not penetrate to moisturise the lower layers of the leather to promote long term protection. On the other hand, leather conditioners that are in liquid form without enough natural oil or wax may not provide the necessary moisturising and nourishing qualities good quality gear requires in order to maintain its natural beauty of long period of time.
How do I condition my saddles and bridles?
Make sure that you have a soft clean cloth handy. Apply Oakwood’s Leather Conditioner to a soft cloth and rub into the surface of the leather. Allow the conditioner to absorb into the leather surface for about 5 minutes, before buffing off conditioner with a soft cloth.
How do I clean my saddle and bridles?
To clean the leather saddle, dust off leather and apply Oakwood Liquid Saddle Soap to a soft damp cloth. (For cleaners in a spray pack, you can spray cleaner directly onto the surface of the leather.) Rub the surface of the leather in a circular motion, remove dirt and allow surface to dry naturally.
What products do I need o clean my saddle?
For cleaning saddle gear, you will need Oakwood Saddle Soap, which is specially formulated to gently clean the leather surface. Use a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and grime from the pores of the leather and tooling areas that are hard to clean, as well as a clean cloth to wipe down and dry the surface. After cleaning, use Oakwood’s Leather Conditioner with a soft, clean cloth or sponge, buffing off any excess. For ‘in between’ cleans, use Oakwood’s Leather and Synthetic Wipes.
How do I clean around metal fittings and tooling on saddlery gear?
Use a soft bristle or tooth brush to effectively clean around hard to reach areas like metal fittings and tooling areas.