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Effax Mildew-Free for Leather

Schweizer-Effax GmbH - Item #17364
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Effax Mildew-Free for Leather reliably prevents leather from being attacked by mildew and fungi on the basis of a natural care oil mixture. The addition of lanolin also means the leather receives the ideal nourishment of high quality resins.

For best results, remove any remains of dirt and mildew and apply Effax Mildew-Free for Leather evenly. The Effax Mildew-Free for Leather will be absorbed into the leather and will leave no residue.

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    Effax Mildew-Free for Leather is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT WORKS! My saddle sat in our (sometimes damp) tack room while I was on vacation and grew mold (insert upset face here...). Even cleaning it after every ride and thinking I got every crevice the mold would still come back if it sat more than a day. One treatment of the Effax mildew spray completely cleared it up!!!! I have since used it on a couple older pieces of tack and it worked beautifully. It's a small bottle so don't be surprised when you order it, but that small bottle packs a powerful punch and a little goes a long way. It will last me a long time. So glad I gave it a try!!!!!!! I will be telling everyone about it!
    Date published: 2017-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this product ! Unfortunately in our barn the tack room isn't climate controlled and tack can be subject to mold/mildew. I am a person who cleans tack after every ride. However in a moist environment, even the cleanest tack Can be subject to mildew. I have used this product for many years and I love it. After a good cleaning, I spray this on my tack and it does a really good job of holding the mildew at bay! I especially love to use it on tack that I am putting into storage as well as taking out of storage! One bottle will last you quite a while. I am excited to use my new bottle as the design is different and it has a trigger sprayer versus a pump spray
    Date published: 2017-05-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tiny bottle Haven't used it yet because I was debating retuning it. Will update if I use it. Did not realize it came in such a small size :(
    Date published: 2016-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps tack looking better longer! Love this stuff! Living in the south I'm constantly battling mold and mildew on my stuff and this has definitely helped.
    Date published: 2016-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Product Ever! Last year I had a terrible time with mold on my saddle and tried frequent cleaning with many different products with no success. I finally started bringing my saddle home instead of leaving it at the barn. I reluctantly ordered the Effax product, expecting it not to be any better than the others, but was pleasantly surprised. This product works! One application and the mold was gone. Several weeks later a tiny bit appeared and I reapplied the product and have had no more issues at all - even during hot, humid and wet weather. Yes, it's pricey, but I don't mind paying for something that actually works.
    Date published: 2016-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this stuff! I tried everything on my older dressage saddle - even (in a desperate moment) covering the entire thing in Lysol - and white mold would still come back after a day or two. This stuff works! I have sprayed the saddle down twice and let it be, and the mold is drastically contained. It isn't completely gone yet, especially on the seams and small crevices, but I think another treatment or two will do the trick. Highly recommend!
    Date published: 2016-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Especially for rainy summers to cut down mold on tack!
    Date published: 2015-10-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Houston Humidity Happiness Houston rider here ... mildewed tack is our middle name. Just bought a vial of this, relatively cheap and figured eh, what could it hurt? Applied to my horse's bridal once about 2 weeks ago - so far so good, and usually mildew is a daily/every few days occurance in the spring/summer here. Gonna try it on my saddle next.
    Date published: 2015-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just used this for the first time on a girth that had some previous mold/mildew issues. It left the leather looking and feeling wonderful, supple, without any signs of the mold.
    Date published: 2015-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well I used this product three weeks ago, and haven't had a mildew recurrence yet! I had tried (twice) just cleaning my saddle with Leather CPR, but the mildew came right back. This stuff smells kind of like a Sharpie marker, but it seems to have worked with only one application! The bottle is small, but I think it will last awhile, depending on how bad your problem is and how many items you need to clean.
    Date published: 2015-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stopped Grossness in its tracks! After riding in the rain and a good clean, all my tack got moldy. No matter how well I cleaned and dried it off, there would still be a hint of green fuzziness on all my leather. I did some research and this was the only product I found with a good rating, so why not give it a try? With 1 application, I have yet to see any kind of grossness on my saddles and bridles! I will keep this product with the rest of my cleaning supplies and recommend to everyone to use this product, especially if your tack room gets a little muggy in the spring/summer months!
    Date published: 2014-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Mildew Yet... I haven't ridden my horse in his double bridle for a couple of months, and mold and mildew was growing on it, especially around the stitching. With the rainy winter weather and keeping it in my tack locker, I thought this might help keep the mildew from growing even when I'm not cleaning it regularly. I used the product about two weeks ago, and so far no mildew has returned! Was easy to use - I ended up just spraying it onto the sponge and then rubbing it on the bridle like a conditioner. Wish it was a little cheaper though - I can only probably use it 2-3 times with the size of the bottle.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helps slow down mildew growth I love the Effax product line so I was excited to see they made a Mildew Free for leather because we were in desperate need of it. We are in Virginia near VA Beach and we have a lot of humidity. Have a horrible mildew problem in our tack room. I take good care of my tack, cleaning it often but the mildew would be back within 5 days. I started using this and it significantly slows it down (can go 1-2 weeks without reapplying) but does not keep it from happening. But I don't think that's the product's fault, I think we just have a serious humidity and mildew problem. I am happy it slows it down because otherwise I have to clean the mildew off my tack to ride and then clean again after. It smells ok, does add shine to tack. I only gave it 3 stars for value because it is a small bottle and is kind of pricey- I go through a lot. Every time I go to order, it is backordered. I think I will stock up the next time it comes in. Very impressed with the Effax line.
    Date published: 2013-07-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Effax I love the Effax line! So I didnt even think twice about purchasing the mildew-Free. This past year has been pretty rough on my english tack. Even though my edgewood bridles are very well taken care of, the crazy weather left them very open to mold and mildew. Since applying this product I have not seen any more!! Plus it smells great and leaves the leather feeling soft! I use a sponge to rub the product in after leaving it set for a few min. The bottle is smaller than I thought and I am not sure how long it will last that is why the value got 3 stars. But it is an Effax product so the quality is great!
    Date published: 2013-03-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Help for humid weather Useful during humid weather to help keep mold on leather at bay
    Date published: 2012-10-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Probably good for run-of-the-mill mold I'm thinking this would be good for your every day run of the mill mold, but it's not quite enough for the industrial strength radioactive super human mold I tried to use it on! A crazy humid and hot summer in a new climate and a perpetually wet tack locker has caused some of the fastest growing mold I've ever seen in my life. Literally 24-48 hours after a full cleaning and everything is covered in a thick layer of green mold. I don't blame the Effax -- it actually does seem to slow it down a bit, but unless I just DRENCHED everything it it every day (and it's too expensive to use that much every day) it doesn't seem to hold it at bay. So in conclusion, I think it actually is a good product, but from now on I'll use it 1) to prepare tack for long term storage, and 2) in seasons other than the summer. But other than that, I'm going to just start keeping nothing extra made of leather in my locker and realize that in the summer at least I'm going to have to clean my bridle before I ride, as well as after.
    Date published: 2012-08-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Florida Summer Test Passed Florida in the summer is very very humid. I have a few pieces of leather tack that don't get used every day that used to get moldy in 2 or 3 days. The underside of my saddle used to get moldy every day too. After using this spray I haven't had any mold appear on anything. I've only applied it once so far so I'm pretty sure it's going to last me a very long time. It isn't greasy and you can't even tell it's on the leather!
    Date published: 2012-07-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works like a charm! Works great! My tackroom at the barn I board at is not enclosed from the rest of the barn -- so it is exposed to many elements (hot, cold, humidity, dust, etc) and this stuff protects my bridles and saddles. Would love to see more Effax products from SmartPak!
    Date published: 2011-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product Effax was recommended to me for use on a Stubben saddle that had become very dry. The Effax conditioned the leg flaps and made them soft and supple again!
    Date published: 2010-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Works In the tack room my bridle was covered in mold, I had to wipe it down every couple days. I even hung a Damp-Rid bag in my locker. A girl at my barn suggested Effax so I ordered one the same day from SmartPak. Just in time, as we are having one of the hottest Junes in history here in Virginia. Humidity is 73% with a heat index of 101. I checked today and no mold in sight!
    Date published: 2010-06-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Failed the ultimate test After cleaning a bridle I almost never use that was very mildewed and applying this product, I waited to see what would happen. Within a few weeks, the mildew was back. But the conditions the bridle were extreme. Shortly after cleaning the bridle my area was plunged into a very, very wet period. Water would collect in empty buckets kept inside the barn and the interior walls of my tack room looked like they'd been rained on. I don't know that anything could have kept mildew from growing.
    Date published: 2010-01-10
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