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Caring for Bridle Leather Belts
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.
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 soaking 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.
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