Cleaning and Caring for Your CSI Pad ...
General cleaning instructions ...
The outer shell of the CSI Saddlepad is made from marine grade automotive carpet so it's very durable. Simply brush it off with a rubber fingered brush — or use a lint brush or vacuum to remove loose dirt and debris. Care for the wear leathers just like you do all your other leather gear. It's that easy!
To remove your insert (liner), always grasp the Velcro strap and pull straight out. Do not remove liner by pulling on the material as this weakens the stitch line. Your insert is also reversible, so when it becomes worn, you can turn it inside out and keep using it (just be sure to clean it thoroughly first).
Always allow your pad to dry open and exposed to air flow (in the shade, not sun). Avoid mildew by never storing a wet or damp pad closed.
Remember to treat your wear leathers like all your leather goods -- clean and oil them when you clean and oil your other tack. Oiling your wear leathers will keep them soft and supple and extend their life. Also be sure to clean off all the hair underside of your pad (behind the wear leather, where the cinch cut out in your liner is located).
Cleaning All Natural Wool liners ...
Our 100% all natural wool felt inserts are just that — 100% all natural and the bits of vegetative matter in the material are what was on the sheep when it was sheared of its fleece. Since we use needled wool instead of pressed wool, the wool never goes through a harsh cleaning process so the vegetative matter remains in the finished product. Simply pluck it out.
It is very important to keep your felted wool insert clean for the health of your horse. The easiest way to clean your insert is to use a rubber pet hair/lint brush (available on our website csipads.com). After you ride and have allowed your insert (liner) to dry completely, brush the dirt, sweat and hair off the insert with the brush. Be sure to be gentle so you don't damage the felt. When your insert needs deep cleaning, we suggest you use Leather Therapy Saddle Pad Blanket Wash. Follow the instructions on the bottle. After you've washed and rised the liner, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove deep dirt and aid in drying the liner.
Cleaning 100% Merino Liners ...
Sheepskin inserts must be allowed to dry between rides so that the sheepskin is given a chance to stabilize. Prolonged use of a pad without proper drying may cause stretching or contorting of the hide resulting in damage. Once the pad is dry, lightly brush the insert with a wire pet brush. If you want to wash your insert, do so by hand in cold water using a mild soap designed for sheepskin (again we recommend Leather Therapy -- just make sure you get the kind that's okay for leather and wool). DO NOT wash your insert in the washing machine and NEVER put it in the dryer. Remove excess water by carefully squeezing. Do not wring the pad as it may result in damage to the pad. Merino inserts (liners) should be line dried out of the sun. Lightly stretch the insert during the drying process to avoid shrinkage.