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John Masters

Cleaning Splint Boots?

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Ok so I have recently purchased my first pair of Professionals Choice SMB boots for my mare. Of course I couldnt wait for the mud to go away before I tried them out and now they are nasty :(. I really want to get them clean before the clinic this weekend, so what is the best way to clean my boots so they are bright red again but not damaged from the wash?

Any help is appreciated since I only have tomorrow and thursday to get them clean.

Thanks

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I wash our SMB's in a bucket of warm water with just a tiny bit of Dawn dish soap. Ket them soak for a couple minutes and then I use a soft brush on them and rinse them out real well a couple times.

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Done it both ways, no ill effects from either. I usually put them in a wash bag for the washer so the Velcro only sticks to the boots and not whatever else is in there.

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Done it both ways, no ill effects from either. I usually put them in a wash bag for the washer so the Velcro only sticks to the boots and not whatever else is in there.

Those wash bags are a must.

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After knocking all the nasty mud/dirt off (with a curry comb or dandy brush), if they aren't as pretty as I want, I toss them in the wash. Come out looking brand new.

This after years and years and years of SMBs.

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If your worried about the color fading, add a cup or two of vinegar to the water. It sets the dye and keeps bright. The vinegar also kills any mold and after the vinegar smell passes (1-2 hours) they will smell nice and fresh too.

Most of the fading is caused by leaving them in bright sunlight.

Spotted- you meant using a Rubber Curry right? A metal one would tear up the fabric.

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Plastic. Sorry. I haven't owned a metal curry in so long I tend to forget they exist. ;)

I recently saw a lady grab a metal curry to use on the lower leg of her muddy horse. I told her to use it to clean the mud off the brush, not the horse. Somebody told her to use a curry brush on muddy horses so she bought a metal one. :shocked:

Hadn't used mine in so long that it rusted and I tossed it. I love the soft rubber and plastic curries!

:smileywavey:

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