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Top Tips For Sheepskin Rug Care

Taking good care of your sheepskin rug means it will provide you with many years of enjoyment. However, accidents do happen, even to the most careful of people, and daily use will mean that rugs do get dirty, even if they don’t necessarily look it.

If you’re spring cleaning your bedroom, then rugs are an area that will need a little extra TLC, not only to ensure they’re clean but to help prolong their lifespan. Sheepskin rugs can be used in a variety of ways, from simply spread on the floor, on chairs as throws, draped over furniture, and even as mattress toppers.

Your sheepskin rug is a natural product and does not appreciate strong sunlight, as it will bleach it and dry it out, or damp conditions that will attract black mould and cause the fibres to curl up.

The first step in cleaning your rug is to give it a good shake outside and to regularly brush it, as this will help maintain the fibres. You can find a good wide-tooth metal brush at pet supply stores.

But accidents do happen, especially if you have kids or pets, and any small spills should be dealt with immediately by spot cleaning with a clean damp cloth and light wool detergent. Any remaining residue can be brushed out once it is dry.

Putting your sheepskin rug in the washing machine is generally not recommended, however, some people swear by it. If you do feel the need to wash your rug, then ensure it is on a cool setting, no hotter than 30ºC, and use a specialist wool shampoo, or just a teaspoon of non-biological washing powder or liquid.

It might be easier to use the bathtub to hand wash your rug in lukewarm water. A drop or two of glycerine added to the water can help keep the back of the sheepskin supple.

Do not use biological washing powders, soap-based powders, soap flakes or conditioners or any detergent containing enzymes.

 

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