Our sheepskin rugs are crafted with pride and you will be able to enjoy them for many years, provided that they are properly cared for. Your sheepskin rug may have been tightly packaged for the journey home and so the wool may appear flattened. However, wool fibres are very resilient and will bounce back to their original springy appearance. A vigorous shake will also help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any fold marks from packaging will disappear once the rug has been removed from the package for several days.
Should you wish to store your sheepskin rug at any time, place it in a cool airy place avoiding direct sunlight. Packaging in plastic bags for an extended period of time is not recommended as the sheepskin fibres will not breathe and condensation may occur in warm conditions.
The unique tanning process that the sheepskin goes through enables your sheepskin rug to be hand or machine-washed. It is important not to use hot water when washing, however, as this may damage the pelt of the sheepskin.
To hand wash, use a mild liquid household detergent in cold water. Do not use soap or washing powders containing enzymes or bleach, or which are alkaline. Do not use fabric softeners.
Rinse thoroughly in cool water. Hand squeeze as much water from the sheepskin as possible or spin in the washing machine, followed by air drying. Do not tumble dry as this can cause hardening of the skins. Air dry away from any heat source, and out of direct sunlight.
For larger rugs where the weight could be far too much for your machine to handle, we recommend spot cleaning for small soiled areas. A thorough brushing with a wire dog brush will fluff the pelt back to its fullness.
We do not suggest having your rugs dry-cleaned, as the treatment removes the natural oils. In case of extreme soiling or stains, we suggest you contact a speciality cleaner.