Vaquero Rawhide Cream®
Second-Generation Saddle Maker Gerald Ray Holes created Vaquero Rawhide Cream® in the 1970's to clean, soften and preserve rawhide reins, bosals, reatas, hondos and other rawhide buckaroo gear.
Even though it's our newest leather care product, (Saddle Butter® was created by Ray Holes in 1936,) Vaquero Rawhide Cream® is a top seller worldwide. Leather lovers have found a growing list of uses for this refined, light leather and rawhide dressing. It's perfect to clean, preserve and condition: rawhide tack, saddle strings, Western, English and Paso Fino saddles, car seats, brief cases, purses, and exotic leather boots.
Cleaning Rawhide Reins with VAQUERO RAWHIDE CREAM®
Use a soft brush to remove buildup of dirt, dried sweat, hair, etc.
◾Lather on a light coat Vaquero Rawhide Cream® with a little warm water. (Water temperature: if you can put your hand in the water, it's safe for cleaning rawhide. Up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.)
◾Don't immerse the rawhide in water.
◾Where the rawhide braid crosses you can use a soft brush (tooth brush or nail brush) to work out the dirt.
◾Rinse off with warm water.
◾Wipe dry with a towel.
◾Hang reins and let rawhide air dry in the shade.
◾Do not dry rawhide in the sun or with direct heat.
Conditioning with Vaquero Rawhide Cream®
◾After rawhide is dry, apply a light coat of Vaquero Rawhide Cream® with a soft cloth, sheep skin swatch or with your hand.
◾Using your hand to apply Vaquero Rawhide Cream® works well. The warmth of your hand helps distribute and penetrate the rawhide cream.
Really, Really Important: It's best to use a light coat of Vaquero Rawhide Cream® and add more later, if needed. It's not possible to tell how much of this rich dressing is being absorbed until the next day.
◾Let reins hang straight overnight.
◾Next day: Work in any excess conditioner with your hands, then buff with a soft, clean cloth or sheep skin swatch to remove any conditioner that isn't absorbed into rawhide.
◾Apply more light coats of Vaquero Rawhide Cream® until reins are the softness you want.
Everyday Maintenance of Rawhide Reins
Nothing will get rawhide reins perfectly clean. ◾After each ride, gently wipe off the buildup of dirt/sweat/hair/etc. with a soft cloth.
◾If there is visible dirt and sweat, you can use warm water and a light lather of Vaquero Rawhide Cream® to clean — just be sure to let the rawhide slowly dry out of the sun after cleaning.
◾Apply a light coat of Vaquero Rawhide Cream® after cleaning to replenish and condition the rawhide.