Thursday, September 3, 2009
Restoring Old Tack and Leather with Leather Therapy®
A couple of years ago I purchased an old saddle at a yard sale. It was a Crosby close-contact and I got it for less than $50. It was in pretty sorry shape -- moldy, dry, brittle cracked. My husband thought I was nuts but the tree was in good shape, the stitching and billets were intact, the flocking nice and even with no creases. I handed over my hard earned cash, stuck the saddle on a rack and promptly forgot it.
Several months later I ran across a line of products called Leather Therapy® at my tack store. There were several components to this line: a wash, a restorer and conditioner, and a finish restorer -- the latter interesting as this old saddle had no finish left on the flaps. I gave it a whirl and took all three products home.
For a change, I followed directions and low and behold, was looking at a beautifully restored saddle! The cracked leather was clean, soft and supple, the finish restored. One thing I especially liked is that you can control the finish -- the more layers you apply, the shinier the finish so you can match the rest of the saddle pretty darn well.
But the real test came a couple of months later when a friend's house caught fire. Her saddle had been on a rack in the living room and sustained severe heat, water, smoke and soot damage from the fire. I truly didn't hold out much hope but wanted to help in some way. I took the saddle home, stuck it in a garbage can to give it a day long blast with the ozone generator to get rid of the terrible smell of smoke, then went to work with Leather Therapy. It was like a miracle! That saddle was just as beautiful after treatment as it was before the fire! No stink, no soot, no cracking -- just beautiful, like-new leather!
I've even started using it on my leather furniture. No kidding, this stuff works like a charm. So please visit the Leather Therapy® website for more information. And, here's a link for a nifty money back coupon. I realize that this sounds like a commercial but honest, if you clean a lot of leather, this stuff is the bomb!