Maria asked: Hi, I have ridden on an oiled, leather saddle, and the black has stained my jods. I have washed them in cold water, in the heavy cycle of the machine and still the black remains. Any ideas on how to return these to the clean condition they were before I rode in them? This was their first wear. Thanks.
If routine oiling and conditioning of your saddle has left you with dark oil stains on your own seat, you’ll be pleased to know that the solution easy. In fact, it’s as close as your washing machine! Follow these steps and you’ll have your riding pants in better condition in no time!
You Will Need:
- Leather Laundry Solution
- Washing machine
Steps to Remove the Oil Stains:
- Set your washing machine to a delicate, cold wash cycle.
- Add the correct amount of Leather Laundry Solution according to label instructions.
- Wash as directed.
- Before drying, check to ensure the stain is gone. If not, repeat with a second wash.
- Dry according to garment label directions. If you have leather patches on your jodhpurs, be sure to dry them away from direct heat and sun.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If Leather Laundry Solution isn’t available, the best way to remove oil from fabric is Dawn dishwashing solution. Spot treat the stain, scrubbing lightly, before washing.
- If large amounts of oil are soaking from your saddle into your riding pants, you are probably using too much oil. Try using less oil and staining should be less of a problem.
- Condition your saddle on a regular basis and keep the leather supple. Well cared-for leather absorbs light conditioning easily, thereby reducing the excess oil and stains.
- If the stains persist, keep the jodhpurs for use after you oil your saddle. Pre-check your saddle for staining by pressing a slightly dampened paper towel or dry newspaper to the leather. If it becomes discolored, it’s likely your riding pants will as well.