Everyday care for your leathers

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Everyday maintenance

Entretien du cuir FOUGANZA A lot of strain is put on the leather during a work session, particularly the areas in direct contact with the horse's sweat such as the girth and the bridle. It is therefore recommended to clean it after each use in order for it to remain a material of high quality (soft and hydrated). It's the "ABC" of maintenance.

Before you clean your material, be sure to remove the girth and stirrup leathers and to take off your headstall. Then apply glycerine soap or cleansing milk.

They are ideal for regular cleaning and moisturising of leather and allow it become more supple.
Glycerine soap is available in spray form (already diluted) or in bars.
After each time you use your equipment, be sure to clean it with a damp sponge without necessarily making the soap lather up. You do not need to rinse it, just let it dry at room temperature away from sunlight.
If your equipment is already supple enough, opt for milk soap.

Tip: old glycerine soap breaks easily and becomes difficult to handle. You can melt the soap pieces in a bain marie. Once the soap has become liquid, you simply put it in a container (of butter, for example) and it will form a homogeneous block and go back to its original form.





Full leather maintenance

For full maintenance, apply grease at least once a month (depending on the how much you use it) on clean leather.


Full leather maintenance consists of 3 main steps:


Step 1 - Cleaning your equipment

Why clean it before greasing?
Leather is animal skin, and just like human skin, it is necessary to clean it to remove dirt (dust, soil, etc.) and to allow fatty substances to penetrate the leather and nourish it deep down.

What do I need and what happens next?
- Degreasing lotion, ideal for dirty leather. It dissolves grease and dirt. For deep cleaning, take a soft cloth and massage it into your leather.
- Glycerine soap or cleansing milk. Apply with a damp sponge without necessarily making the soap lather up. You do not need to rinse it, just let it dry at room temperature away from sunlight.

Please note, it is not advisable to use glycerine soap for natural finish leathers (aniline).

Tip: Marseille soap is also very effective for cleaning leather. This oil-rich soap (with olive, palm or coconut oil) lets you effectively clean up your leather. To apply, simply dampen a sponge with lukewarm water and massage your leather.

Step 2 – Deeply moisturising the leather:

What do I need and what happens next?
This step is only for dry, brittle, or new leather.
Oil is ideal for dry and brittle leather. It deeply nourishes the leather to preserve its elasticity. It will also protect it from external abrasion (sand, dust). It is recommended that you use a brush, it helps to spread the oil more easily.

For your safety, be careful not to apply it on your saddle seat or on your panels and girth strap lining. This can result in some nasty surprises: dirty jodhpurs and a slippery seat.

Step 3: Moisturising the surface and protecting your leather

What do I need and what happens next?
Grease is ideal for complete leather care. It will protect the surface of your leather. To properly nourish your leather, be sure to massage it in using a soft cloth.

Be careful not to add too much oil or grease this could weaken your leather. Whatever fatty substance you use, be sure to remove excess grease using a soft cloth.


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