I was recently at a horse event(team penning, roping, cutting) and there was an older gentleman doing saddle cleaning and restoration. He was cleaning roping and cutting saddles that were well used,dirty, grimey,, these were what I would call "Using" saddles, not your pretty show saddles. To make a long story short, he started out by cleaning them with Murphy's Oil soap and the lather that it initially would make on the saddle was a dark brown (dirt and grime), he would rinse the part with a clean sponge and water and do it again, and repeat the process 3 or 4 times. After a good cleaning, he went over the saddle with a Montana Pitch Blend leather treatment. The ending result was amazing to say the least, and he only charged $50 to do it. He would take about 2 hours to do one saddle, he was very thorough.
My question is, it seemd to me like the Murphy's oil soap might be a little harsh to use? Are their any professional opinions on using this soap? I have used Murphy's on antiques (wood) with great success. Any comments will help me out a lot,,thanks ron..
Edited by 3arrows, 25 April 2008 - 09:53 AM.