Please allow the product to dry immediately after it has become
damp or wet. If the material has gone stiff, just knead it to
soften it again. The wool should be brushed frequently. All parts
which are exposed to the horses sweat during use, need special
care. These should be thoroughly dried after every use, then before
the next use, brush the wool with a grooming brush. Numnahs and
Saddlepads should generally be placed on top of the saddle wool
side up when storing the saddle. When dry, before saddling, brush
and shake the wool to remove horsehair and dried sweat and dirt
residue. This assures the full function of the Numnah / Saddlepad,
it also saves you a lot of washing and prolongs the overall lifetime
of the product.
Washing and cleaning instructions.
Before washing it is essential that you:-
a) Remove Poly-flex® shims from our Correction® systems
if applicable to your product
b) Remove saddle-fix® if fitted
c) Remove any plastic support interiors in our girths
d) Fasten together Velcro keepers
Our special washing liquid ‘MELP’ is biodegradable.
It is a highly concentrated mix of washing agents and fatliquors
used for the manufacture of our own sheepskins. ‘MELP’
has regreasing properties, thus restoring the elasticity and other
natural properties of the wool, the leather and also the textile
materials used in our products. It is also ideal for washing washable
leather goods. Your usual detergents could possibly harden the leather
and could make the wool brittle or matted. Common detergents can
contain components which are very damaging to sheepskin. If you
cannot use MELP, please use a liquid detergent – do not
use powder detergents, which will clog the wool. Most Mattes products
can be hand washed or machine washed at 30 degrees Celsius or
less. Washing at above 30 degrees Celsius will cause shrinkage
of the products. Please look at the labels affixed to each individual
product. It is imperative to follow the washing instructions.
We can identify easily if our products are returned to us after
washing at more than 30 degrees Celsius.
Letter of recommendation of a major customer for our ‘MELP’
Dear Mr Mattes,
My name is Isabella Sutter, I am the Managing Director of a service
company specialising in laundering horse blankets. About 4 years
ago, Mrs Marangoni of “Ross and Reiter” recommended
a lambskin half pad for our horse. So I decided for a lambskin
half pad of the Mattes company, I also bought the recommended
washing agent “MELP”. After the first wash with this
liquid detergent I realised that the heavily used lambskin pad
appeared like new. Shortly thereafter I had a customer enquiry
for cleaning lambskin. I accepted the order. Since that time we
are washing all kinds of lambskin products. Naturally, I tested
cheaper washing agents too, hence I can assure you with all certainty,
that your product is the best in the market. The “MELP”
washing agent is unbeatable in its quality, as well as the lambskin
products of the Mattes company.
Copy of the original available upon request (in German)
here to view Special Wool Detergent
Dry in a well aerated room, do not expose to direct sources of
heat such as sunlight or radiators. Reshapewhilst still damp.
Tumble drying on a cool setting fluffs the wool
and softens the leather. Do not over dry.