How to care for your saddle

Your saddle is a prized possession so it’s important to understand how to care for it. Taken care of correctly your saddle will last for years and years.

General Cleaning

  • After every use, wipe down with a soft, dampened cloth to remove sweat, dirt and residue
  • To remove heavier mud and dirt use a soft, damp cloth or sponge and warm water. Using small circular motions clean the entire surface of your saddle
  • Do not clean with abrasive products, glycerin or solvents as this will damage the leather
  • Avoid areas made from makala leather as they will need to be cleaned differently.   See other FAQs here for tips on how to clean other types of leather
  • Ensure you reach the underside and in between flaps
  • When the saddle is clean use a damp towel to remove any excess leather cleaner residue
  • Use a clean, dry towel to dry metal fixings. If you do use a metal polish on them be careful to avoid the leather


  • Periodically conditioning your leather will help maintain its natural oils and suppleness. We recommend using Frank Baines Leather Balsam as it’s made from natural avocado oils, lanolin and beeswax. It’s available from our online store
  • Frequently treat your saddle with leather balsam especially during the summer when heat and light will dehydrate the leather more quickly
  • Do not clean with abrasive products, glycerin or solvents as this will damage the leather.


It is really important to store your saddle correctly. Caring for your saddle isn’t just about looking after the surface, leather is affected by climate conditions so we recommend that you:

  • Store your saddle and any accessories in a dry place, away from heat, sunlight and damp to prevent mould growth. It’s always a good idea to thoroughly clean and moisturise your saddle before storing
  • Use your Frank Baines Saddle cover to protect the surface of the leather during transportation and while it is being stored
  • If your saddle gets wet, remove water with a dry cloth. Then leave it to dry naturally away from direct heat.  Store it in a dry place
  • Do not stack your saddle as this can damage the flocking

Got any other questions? Please visit our FAQ

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