Mattes Sheepskin Washing Instructions
MATTES-Lambskin products must be washed rather more than less! It just depends on the correct way to wash!
Wash maximum 30° Celsius in the washing machine, if possible with added water. For drying we recom- mend tumble drying at 30° Celsius or just cold setting. This way the wool really opens up and keeps its resilience! Never dry in the sun or any other heat source.
Important: Pull product into its origi- nal shape repeatedly during drying! Lambskin must have time to dry com- pletely after every ride, or washed immediately, if the skin has been so- aked through to the leather. A great advantage of lambskin and important for its performance is its ability to ab- sorb 8 times its weight in moisture, but it dries rather slowly!
For intensive riding, we suggest the use of several pads or girth covers to alternate usage and then wash weekly. In case of infrequent riding, or in case of a pause in usage, it’s best to wash the product, dry thoroughly and store in a dry place.
Sweat accumulated in the wool and leather can actually destroy the leather, since lambskin, as explained earlier, can absorb plenty of moisture, but dries rather slowly!
The composition of the sweat can vary from horse to horse. Ammonia contained in the sweat can actually break down the leather substance! This is strongly intensified when the wool and leather are constantly damp! This is a relatively slow pro- cess and the damage is apparent only after some time. Wool breaking off with the grain, cracking of the leather up to complete disintegration of the leather! Especially when washing after long use without washing!
We suggest washing the product (very important with girth covers) right after use, when it’s still damp! The lamb wool should never stick together, otherwise the product loses most of its properties!
Foremost the ability to distribute pres- sure! Lambskin should not be brus- hed when still damp. And when dry, just with a soft brush, to remove the dirt from the tips! Otherwise it’s pos- sible, that wool could be pulled out. Again, rather washing than brushing! We recommend using a SPECIAL LEATHER – washing agent, than a wool wash! Best is our MELP. It has all the properties required for a per- fect leather- and skin- washing agent! MELP contains regreasing compo- nents, which are very important to keep the leather supple and the wool elastic and resilient. We produce MELP ourselves. We use the same ingredients in processing of our lamb- skins
With the correct care you can enjoy the MATTES-Lambskin products for a long time!
These recommendations are only applicable for MATTES- Lambskin products!