Always dry naturally, away from any direct heat including direct sunlight. The rug will take a couple of days to completely dry. As it is drying brush the wool with a wire wool brush to allow air to circulate amongst the fibres and to avoid it smelling. DO NOT: tumble dry, dry on a radiator, use bleach, wash in hot water. Pelts get very heavy when washed and may tear. We recommend that you have rugs consisting of more than one pelt dry cleaned.
Please note that we cannot accept return of a rug if you wash it and it goes wrong.
ICELANDIC SHEEPSKIN RUGS
To clean your Icelandic sheepskin we advise you use hand wash liquid, water and a clean cloth. Mix the liquid with water to create the foam/froth. Use this foam with a clean cloth to rub away any stains. Note: do not use much water. Lay the skin flat on the ground and leave to dry naturally.
COWSKINS / CALF HIDES
Cowhides are best used in domestic home environments. You can use the rug in your home’s indoor entranceway but it will show wear more quickly. The sun takes its toll on all furnishings fabrics, we recommend keeping the dyed and printed hides out of direct sunlight to avoid any possible fading.
We advise you not to put your cowhide in the washer, immerse it in water or have it dry cleaned. Remove solid messes or spills with a solid edged spatula or utensil and blot or wipe away the rest. You can wipe cowhides smoothly in the direction of the hair with a damp (but not wet) cloth with mild soap (non alkaline like shampoo) and water. Include your cowhide rug in your normal cleaning routine, simply vacuum or give rugs a shake outside to remove dust and small dry particles of dirt. Brushing with a hard plastic brush helps keep the hair soft and fluffy and helps remove dirt. Keep cowhides in a dry place especially after cleaning.
Place the hide on the wall, use a standard vacuum cleaner but choose the lowest power. Vacuum hide from head to feet gently, cleaning should be done approx once per year.
SHEEPSKIN MOCCASINS & SLIPPERS
Shearling can be worn in the rain or snow, although it’s best not to fully saturate it with moisture. Avoid an all-out downpour if possible. If your coat accidentally becomes thoroughly wet, shake off the excess water or snow and blot dry with a clean towel or absorbant paper. Then hang your coat to dry at room temperature, making sure to avoid any direct heat sources (such as a radiator, blow-dryer, etc.). Do NOT vigorously rub a wet shearling garment, as that will force the moisture deep into the leather, to the detriment of the garment. After your shearling coat is thoroughly dry, use a suede brush to brush the nap of the suede. If your coat has a napa finish, do NOT brush with a suede brush; rather, rub lightly with a soft towel. The sheepskin inside can be fluffed lightly with a metal dog or rug brush.
Use a damp cloth to clean up small spills, and gently pluck any debris or dirt stains from the outside suede with tweezers. You can also use a green cloth-brite pad to lightly rejuvenate the suede and remove dirt marks at the same time.
Liquid spots (grease, drinks, etc.) should be treated by applying a layer of corn starch directly onto the spot (just sprinkle directly onto the coat on top of the stain). Let the corn starch sit for a day or two -- the worse the stain, the longer you should let the corn starch sit. When you’re ready, dust off the corn starch and use a suede brush to brush the nap of the suede.
SPILL ADVICE - LIQUIDS
SPILL ADVICE/SOLID FOODS/MUDThis may sound unpleasant, but wait until the food or mud has dried up then simply brush it out. It is much easier to remove when dry. CHEWING GUM if you have a freezer big enough put it in. If not put a freeze pack on it. When the gum has frozen it is easy to peel off.