Care Tips & More
I. Bridle & leather care
Leather care with Schockemöhle Sports leather care products
Schockemöhle Sports offers a wide programme of leather care products especially for the range of bridles and leather goods.
Here you can find out the individual advantages of each product and how your Schockemöhle Sports leather product is particularly well maintained:
Schockemöhle Sports Saddle Soap (leather cleaning)
This is particularly suitable for the initial cleaning of saddles, saddle straps or the middle part of breastplates. Products which have been cleaned with saddle soap require further and final care, for example with a leather balm. It must be pointed out that some leather products should be lubricated less frequently (e.g. saddle straps). As a result saddle soap should not be applied to these items too often either.
Schockemöhle Sports Spray Soap (leather cleaning)
The ready-to-use spray soap can be applied precisely and stored neatly. It is very suitable for bridles and reins as well as stirrup leathers, girths and breastplates. The advantage of the spray soap is that the leather does not dry out as much as it does with classic saddle soap. Nevertheless, occasionally the leather care should here also be finished with a leather balm. Stirrup leathers should not be greased if possible, girths and reins only from time to time.
Schockemöhle Sports Leather Balm (leather care)
After cleaning the tack with saddle soap, this leather conditioner with bee wax is best suited for the care of saddles. It should also be used for the care of heavily dried leather.
Schockemöhle Sports Leather Lotion (leather care)
The leather lotion is the best care for bridles, reins and breastplates after the initial cleaning. It is moisturising, but at the same time not too greasy. If applied occasionally, it can also be used for girths after cleaning.
Of course all cleaning and care products can also be used for all other products. It should be considered that saddle soap removes severe dirt the best, but it always needs additional final care.
Leather grease - and especially leather oil - provide rich care. However, they can also soak heavily strained leather which can then unintentionally lengthen it. Therefore we advise not to use leather oils for our products.
Bridle browbands with crystals & Swarovski® Elements
A large variety of our Schockemöhle Sports bridles features handmade browbands with beautiful crystals or genuine Swarovski® Elements.
To maintain their brilliance, the browbands require special care and attention: Crystal browbands should never be bent or stretched beyond their original shape; this could permanently damage the crystal chains or cause the loss of individual stones.
Classic leather care products for bridles can coat the crystals with a film that is hard to remove and thus take their shiny appearance. Suitable for the maintenance of browbands are soft cloths, such as used for cleaning screens or glasses. Small paintbrushes or soft toothbrushes are also ideal tools for cleaning narrow gaps.
Water does not damage the crystals – lukewarm water and a mild soap can therefore easily be used for the cleaning of persistent dirt. Long-term exposure to humidity should absolutely be avoided. You should dry the browband thoroughly after cleaning or riding in the rain.
We recommend checking the frames of the crystals regularly. If the small metal clamps have opened slightly, a single stone could get lost.
II. Textile care
Textiles with crystals & rhinestone decoration
Products with fine crystal and rhinestone decorations, such as show shirts or saddle pads, require increased caution during cleaning. It is generally advisable for every textile product to choose the gentlest washing programme, which can still cope with the degree of staining – the individual recommendations on the care labels of each article should always be considered.
In order to protect the rhinestone decorations during the wash cycle from friction by other textiles, it is worthwhile using laundry wash bags. Hand wash can also have a positive effect on the life span of delicate and elaborate decorations.