We all have that old pair of boots that are covered in dirt, have holes somewhere in the stitching, and you don’t wear anymore but refuse to throw out.
These are mine.
Now I want you to toss out, erase, and Ctrl+Delete everything you know about cleaning and conditioning tack. Yes, that glycerin soap too…trash that.
I recently purchased the Sterling Essentials leather cleaner and conditioner and let me start off by saying…
Last fall I decided to retire my show boots to schooling status because they just couldn’t cut it in the show ring. I’m talking constantly moldy, gray scale-y nasty looking stuff on the inner calf, and dirt that just did not want to breakup with my boots. So at the beginning of the summer show season when I became a last minute catch rider I panicked…because my boots were so not show worthy.
Luckily on the day of my friend had some Sterling Essentials leather cleaner and offered it as my boots’ lifeline. I wish I took before and after photos because if I didn’t already retire these boots I could have continued showing in them.
Needless to say, I was instantly sold on Sterling Essentials products and got to ordering my own stash.
Since I was so bummed I didn’t take before and after photos of my tall boots, I did the only logical thing…
I pulled out THOSE boots…yep, the old, dirty, hole-y boots I won’t throw away because you just never know when you’ll need them.
And with that being said, I think I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Before I close this review with my ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stamp of approval, I want to highlight my biggest takeaway from these products.
If you only buy one item, get the Leather Cleaner.
I’ve always stressed about the right water to glycerin soap ratio when cleaning tack because I know how bad water is for leather. I’ve stressed so much that I rarely cleaned my tack and instead just conditioned it. I know cringe away, that’s a terrible thing to do.
However, when I got my Voltaire saddle I knew I could not and would not ONLY condition it. For the first 6 months I did suck it up, used glycerin soap, and hoped for the best but not anymore.
The Sterling Essentials Leather Cleaner is SO easy to use. No water, no stress, simply spray on your tack and wipe away. The nozzle sprays ultra fine mist so you can get into those nooks and crannies while evenly distributing the cleaning product.
The Sterling Essentials Leather Conditioner is just as great too and a little goes a long way! After reading through Sterling Essentials’ blog and watching their YouTube videos I’ve learned that your leather probably needs way less conditioner than what you’re using.
All Sterling Essentials products are PH matched to leather and made with all natural ingredients including essential oils which are safe for you, safe for your tack, and safe for your horse. That means there are ZERO harsh chemicals in it which will cause leather breakdown over time and could potentially cause an allergic reaction in your horse. And as an added bonus, there are 3 incredibly soothing scents to choose from!
Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of floral scented items but the Floral Citrus scent is great! Not super floral, the citrus scents balance it out really well.
I can go on and on about how Sterling Essentials products have changed my tack care game but I’m going to wrap it up here and just say you really need to try it for yourself.
If you’re about to hop on board and give them a go, let me know! I’d love to hear from you, if you have any questions feel free to ask away and let me know about your experience. If you’re already a Sterling Essentials fan I’d love to know which scent is your favorite!