How to Clean a Brooks Saddle

Updated April 17, 2017

Keep your leather Brooks saddle stylish all year round by knowing how to care for it. Brooks company is known for producing leather-race and heavy-duty saddles in varying colours and strength, as well as cycle bags and accessories. Using improper treatment methods to clean your Brooks saddle will cause leather to crack and sag. Keep your Brooks leather handcrafted saddle durable and long-lasting by utilising proper cleaning and care techniques.

Mix warm water with a mild soap, such as hand soap, in a bucket. Be wary of using saddle soap, which typically contains softening ingredients (such as oil) that will cause the leather to sag.

Dip a bristle brush, soft cloth or sponge into the soapy water. Gently clean the leather by rubbing all areas of the saddle, including the underside.

Dry your leather saddle in a warm, shady place, such as a heated room in your house, away from direct sunlight. Never dry your leather saddle in a washing machine, next to a heater, by the fire, near an oven or in the sun. Any of these drying methods will make the leather brittle and cause it to crack.

Treat leather with a wax-based compound, such as shoe polish. Treating leather saddles will prevent water infiltration. Do not use oil, which will cause leather to sag. Light-coloured leather will be darkened by treatments.


Do not use a high-pressure cleaner on your saddle. High-pressure cleaners cause the surface of the leather to break up. Chemicals and abrasive substances should never be used to clean your Brooks saddle because they will damage the leather.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Bucket
  • Brush/soft cloth/sponge
  • Leather treatment
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Laura Gianino works at a publishing company in New York City. Her writing has appeared on eHow, LIVESTRONG, Synonym and Global Post.