The Essential Rug Care Guide for Sheepskin Rug Owners
There’s a reason that sheepskin has been one of the most popular clothing and furnishing materials for decades. It’s hard-wearing, retains heat, is stain-resistant, and (most importantly) it’s lovely and soft. If you’ve recently invested in a sheepskin rug, you may be wondering how best to care for it over time. Well, in today’s blog post, that’s exactly what we’re going to find out.
Things to know about sheepskin rugs
Before we get into the best way to care for your sheepskin rugs, there are some things you should know about the unique qualities of sheepskin. For example, because sheepskin is a totally natural material, it won’t do well in direct sunlight or damp conditions – both of which will damage the skin in different ways. While sheepskin is a very strong material by nature, it’s important to note that heavy foot-traffic can cause wear and tear sooner than a less well-trodden rug. With the right care, however, you can make your sheepskin rug last even longer.
How to care for your sheepskin rug
It may sound amusing, but one of the best ways you can ensure that your sheepskin rug looks its best is to use wire brush – similar to those you’d use on a pet. A wide-tooth metal brush can help to dislodge any large bits of dirt and prevent you needing to wash or vacuum the sheepskin rug too often, both of which can cause damage over time. When it comes to washing your sheepskin rug, do bear in mind that wool fibres have their own natural covering called lanolin. This means you shouldn’t have to wash too often or too heavily. If you need to clean the rug, we recommend washing on the lowest cycle with the most gentle setting possible.
What not to do with your sheepskin rug
No matter how you decide to care for your sheepskin rug, there are a few things you definitely should not be doing to your rug – even if you think it’s benefiting the rug. For example, you should never tumble-dry a sheepskin rug, never use bleach on the rug, and never wash it in hot water. Likewise, you shouldn’t ever hang a sheepskin radiator to dry on a radiator because this can warp the skin itself and reduce its lifetime and longevity.
We hope our blog post has given you some great ideas on how to care for your new sheepskin rug. Of course, if you haven’t found the perfect one yet, you can explore our full range of sheepskin rugs right now. As always, you can call us anytime with questions on 0845 838 8638.