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Leather saddle mould
« on: February 06, 2020, 01:06:23 pm »
One of my Gilles Berthoud saddles has grown a thick fur coat in the garage. I noticed this for the first time a couple of months or so, and restored the saddle to its former glory. But a mere few weeks later, the mould is back. Apparently leather saddle food is also excellent mould food.

- will the mould die off if I move the saddle to somewhere drier and warmer?
- will the mould transfer to other things and places via the medium of my shorts?

Re: Leather saddle mould
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2020, 02:38:04 pm »
yes and yes.

Mould does not like dryness or  bright light.  Leaving the saddles in the sun (even behind glass where the UV content is weakened) will help to cure the mould problem, but then the leather will harden too; it is a fine balance to strike.

At one time my airing cupboard was full of leather saddles; it was the only place in the house that was dry enough to help stop the mould from growing....


Re: Leather saddle mould
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 07:32:00 pm »
Mine gets a bit mouldy in winter, but a good treatment of provide once I start riding and all is good. Seems not to be a problem until winter when it gets really cold.