The EquineLUX saddle pads are machine washable. However, we do recommend hand washing half-pad or saddle pad with sheepskin lining. This is because the pelt gets very heavy when absorbs water and may tear.
When washing saddle pads or half-pads with HR foam shims, please pull out them from the pockets. Hand wash shims to remove sweat.
Machine wash the saddle pad in cold or lukewarm* water on a delicate cycle, using a mild soap or pH-balanced detergent.
NOTE: Always fasten the VELCRO hooks and loops before washing. Horsehair, sheepskin and synthetic fur are attracted to VELCRO. Hooks can scratch the fabric's surface.
It is not advised to put the saddle pad in the dryer. Hot air can shorten the life of your saddle pad, and the dryer sheets will make non-slip mesh layers slippery. Do not use fabric softeners. It is just not necessary.
Ideally, you should hang your saddle pad to dry by laying it over a rail, line, or a drying rack, away from direct sunlight and artificial heat.
You can iron both front and back sides of the saddle pad. Set the iron to the low-mid setting with light steam for the top layer.
The cotton lining can be ironed like any other cotton garment, on a medium setting and light steam.
WARNING: Avoid ironing the non-slip mesh.
To restore the synthetic fur trim to its fluffy appearance, you can brush it when the fur is dry.
Everyday care: Lanolin is natural oil found in sheep's wool. Due to lanolin's anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, a genuine Merino Shearling lambskin tends to be self-cleaning. Daily airing will keep the sheepskin fresh and help maintain its self-cleaning properties.
Spot cleaning: Hand wash gently in cold or lukewarm* water using a mild soap designed for sheepskin. For best result clean any lightly soiled areas on the shearling right after it has been stained.
Use a damp sponge to clean the stained area and pat gently with a soft towel to absorb the water. Waterless horse shampoos can also be used at your discretion.
Hand washing (recommended): Wash your half-pad with sheepskin in cold or lukewarm* water using a shampoo designed for sheepskin (Euclan, Kookaburra, Melp) or a very mild soap. A quality sheepskin shampoo removes stains, and sheepskin conditioner contains a conditioning agent to keep the performance of the wool fibre. Do not use a regular soap, bleach, detergents with enzymes, WOOLITE, or "oxygen" cleaners. These chemicals counter-act the tanning process causing damage to the genuine sheepskin fur and leather. Do not to use hot water when washing sheepskin. Hot water may damage the pelt of the sheepskin.
Remove excess water after washing or rinsing by carefully squeezing the water out. Never wring the sheepskin half-pad out as it may result in damaging the leather side.
Machine washing (not recommended): If you decide to use a washing machine, you should use the gentle cycle. Once finished, use the spin cycle to get rid of excess water.
Gently stretch a sheepskin lining or sheepskin trim to reshape whilst damp. Allow your saddle pad or half-pad to dry completely before resuming regular use.
To restore the pile to its fluffy appearance and remove horse hair, brush sheepskin whilst still damp and again when it is dry. Stiff brush or rubber curry comb can be used at your discretion.
* As long as the water is above 60° F (15.5° C) and below 100.4° F (38° C), it is "lukewarm" enough.
DO NOT USE ANY SOURCE OF HEAT AT ANY POINT IN THE WASHING or DRYING PROCESS!
DISCLAIMER: Due to the delicate nature of sheepskin, different types of the washing machines, and the fact that we cannot supervise the washing process, the Warranty is void if washing instructions have not been followed.