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A Brief Guide To Sheepskin Rug Care

Sheepskin rugs are well-known for their soft and fluffy texture and can make a wonderful addition to almost any room in the house.

However, rugs can be subject to all manner of wear and tear, from being walked across frequently, with or without dirty shoes, pets using them as beds, and kids using them to play on. We have a look at some tips to help you care for your sheepskin rug so that it looks as good as new.

 

To Wash or Not To Wash?

There are people on both sides of the fence when it comes to whether you should wash your rug in the washing machine. Some swear by using a gentle wool cycle, but many others warn that this can irreparably damage the sheep hide.

 

How do you brush a sheepskin rug?

First, you should thoroughly shake the sheepskin to help remove dust and debris, followed by a good brush. Using a sheepskin wool carding brush or a good dog brush, give the rug a brush. Do not worry if some of the fibres come loose, as this is normal. A good brush should remove the bulk of any dust, dirt, and debris leftover.

 

How to Clean a Sheepskin Rug at Home

If you wash your rug at home, handwashing is the best way to go about it, as it is much gentle and will help protect the fibres. Make sure it has been shaken and brushed first, before placing it in a bath of cold water and a wool shampoo designed for sheepskin rugs.

Gently swish the rug in the bath to allow the water to loosen any dirt, and avoid scrubbing or rubbing. Once done, empty the first bathwater away and refill so you can rinse the rug, and repeat until the water is clear.

Squeeze out as much water as you can before transferring the sheepskin to a container to avoid risking tearing the leather by carrying it.

Lay the sheepskin flat and leather-side up in a cool, well-ventilated area, and not in direct sunlight. Sheepskins take a long time to dry due to their weight and thickness so do not rush the process.

 

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