Reindeers, Cowhides and Sheepskins
- Single and double sheepskin should fit inside a standard washing machine.
- Use the coolest ‘woollens’ settings – an absolute maximum temperature of 40, preferably 30 degrees – and add just a teaspoon of mild, non-biological detergent. It is beneficial to also add some fabric conditioner.
- Lightly spin the rug and then allow to dry naturally, away from direct heat.
- Flexing the sheepskin as it dries will help to maintain its suppleness.
- Carefully brush the wool with a wire dog brush once when damp and again when dry, to maintain the silky soft texture of the rug.
- NEVER use biological washing detergent, bleach or wash in hot water
- If hand washing, use warm water (not hot), and again use just a teaspoon of mild, non-biological detergent. Add some fabric conditioner to the rinse water.
- Gently squeeze out excess water; carefully pull the rug back into shape, then hang to dry away from direct heat. Flexing the sheepskin as it dries will help to maintain its suppleness.
- Carefully brush the wool with a wire dog brush once when damp and again when dry, to maintain the silky soft texture of the rug. NEVER tumble dry, on a radiator or store in a plastic bag.
- Most sheepskins can be dry-cleaned and we recommend Dry Cleaning for all larger sheepskin area rugs and designer rugs.
- Most high street dry-cleaners should be able to offer this service.
- Occasionally shake your Cowhide outside to dislodge any dust and lighter dirt.
- For small marks caused by spillages etc, clean carefully without scrubbing the hide with warm water. Do not get the cowhide wet, only dampen. Use a soft, clean cloth to dab the affected area.
- Never dry-clean your cowhide. Do not use solvents to clean your cowhide, and do not place it in a washing machine or a tumble dryer
Due to their size and storage your cowhide rug may arrive with you with creases or fold marks. If placed on the floor these will normally drop out over time. However it is possible to remove more stubborn folds quite easily by ironing. Place a large towel on the floor and heat the iron to its lowest temperature. Place a damp cloth (a tea towel is useful) over the creased area and move the iron as you would normally when ironing your clothes. NEVER IRON DIRECTLY ONTO THE COWHIDE. Continue over all folded or creased areas. When cooled replace in your chosen display area and enjoy! Some cowhides will retain folded areas due to a stretching process in the tanning, this is normal and simply adds to the charm of your natural product.
- Aviod extreme of temperature.
- Avoid areas of high domestic passage.
- To clean. place hide on a wall and vaccum gently from head to feet.
- Vaccum no more than once a year.
- Never dry-clean your reindeer hide. Do not use solvents or place in a washing machine or tumble dryer.
- Careful care will ensure years of pleasure from this product