Do you wonder how to properly and safely clean your sheepskin rug? Actually, genuine sheepskin rugs are pretty easy to clean and maintain, so that you keep them clean, sanitary and nice looking at all times. Here are some tips on how to clean it by yourself:
Regularly hoover the back side of the rug by flipping it over. Also, make sure you vacuum the rug at least once a week to remove the dirt and accumulate dust.
If you have a long wool sheepskin rug, it is a good idea to regularly brush it with a special brush to keep it from getting tangled and unsightly.
If the rug can fit in your washing machine, you can machine wash it at a lower temperature and a delicate wool setting. If it can’t, use a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and some added mild, non-alkaline and non-ionic sheepskin wool washing shampoo.
Abstain from using any wool washing detergents which are alkaline or which contain biological enzymes, as you may damage your sheepskin rug. Normal wool wash shampoos can damage it because they are harmful to the leather part of your rug and may cause the wool to matt up.
When you place the rug in the bathtub, don’t scrub it vigorously but rather let the water and solution flow through the textile gently. Do this for about 5 minutes. Once you are done, release the dirty water and rinse off the rug with clean, lukewarm water.
To ensure that you get as much water out of the rug after the washing, roll it up several times, and squeeze out as much water as you can. If possible lay flat towels underneath the rug so that they absorb as much water as possible and to keep the sheepskin rug flat and straight.
During the drying, don’t be tempted to leave the rug under direct sunlight or use a heat source, because heat will shrink and harden the rug. To make drying quicker dry it outside but not under direct strong sunlight, or leave all windows open and use a ventilator.
While it is still damp, make sure you thoroughly brush it with a metal sheepskin carding brush so that the fibres don’t become matted. After it is completely dry, you should brush it once more.
After you are done, your sheepskin rug will look as good as new!
P.S. If all of this sounds difficult to you and you don’t want to put your valuable rug at risk, you can always hire professional cleaners to do the job.