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Leather Care

All our products are made from top quality materials and components. However, as with any natural material, the correct care is vital for the looks and longevity of the leather to be maintained. Bridle and harness leathers are very tough and will survive hard use but will last better, look better and perform better with care. Above all feeding the leather with our Sedgwick Leather Feed  will be very beneficial for all of our products made using Sedgwick leather.

We have a seperate guide for the care of solid brass and nickel fittings here.

We have a range of leather and buckle care products here

Belts - Initial Treatment

When you receive your order it will have some of the wax that was applied to the grain side as protection during tanning still present. This is the white substance you may see. This will either wear away with use, or can be removed with a cloth or a clean, soft horsehair shoe brush (this is what we use in the workshop) if desired, or when you treat your new item as described below.
 
You new belt can be treated throughout its life just as any other item of quality saddlery. Most of our leatherwork is made using either Sedgwick or Bakers bridle or harness leather so we recommend and use Sedgwick Leather Feed  as it is specifically formulated for this type of leather. You don't need to do anything to your new belt when you first receive it, it is already treated with wax, however all our leatherwork will benefit from treatment when it starts to feel dry. Simply work some of the feed into both the flesh and grain side with your fingers and polish off with a clean lint free cloth or soft horsehair brush  when dry, typically in 2 - 4 hours.
 

Dog Collars and Leads

Dog leads and in particular dog collars lead a very hard life and will not last as well as they are able to without some TLC. When you receive your new collar or lead we recomend you treat it with Sedgwick Leather Feed to help preserve and protect the leather as it starts its life with you. As a minimum cleaning weekly with a damp cloth and Sedgwick Leather Feed  will go a long way towards helping your products last well, keep their appearance and their colour. If your Equus products become soaked, ie because of torential rain or swimming dogs, they should be allowed to dry naturally and then treated with leather feed to keep the leather supple and well nourished. If regular wetting is likely Neetsfoot Oil  will help the leather to be more water repellant but should be used sparingly. Leather and stitching can become dry and crack or fail if not treated with leather feed when required. 


All Products - Ongoing Maintenance

Your item should be cleaned with a damp cloth when necessary and a coat of feed applied either when the leather starts to look or feel dry, has been exposed to inclement weather or a damp environment or you simply wish to make the item look smart.

If your leatherwork has got very wet it should be allowed to dry at room temperature and never hung in front of a fire or radiator. Once the item has dried out a dressing of Neetsfoot Oil  may be applied to rejuvenate the item. Apply using your hands as the warmth will help the oil penetrate the fibres.

 

Rolled Collars

Rolled collars in particular need care, especially if they have become very wet. They should be allowed to be dry naturally (on the dog is fine if the dog is dry!) and then given a rub over with Sedgwick Leather Feed  to help preserve the structure and appearance of the collar. The grain and colour will be permanently damaged if the leather is allowed to become very dry.

 

Repair or Alteration

Your item is constructed in such a way that repair of the leather, replacement of fittings, shortening, or re-stitching is possible, either by ourselves or any competent saddler should you wish. Please see the Equus Leather Spa for more information