We do not advise putting your sheepskin rug in the washing machine. You can not expect it to look exactly the same afterwards, even if you do it by the book. However if you wish to wash it you can. Place on a wool wash cycle at low temperature and use Aussie Knowhow ‘WoolWash’ care liquid. Adding a teaspoon of glycerine to the water may help to keep the suede on the back of the rug supple. Under no circumstances use a biological washing powder or a detergent containing enzymes. Coloured shepskins should always be professionally dry cleaned. After washing, the wool may revert back to its natural curly state. You can help restore the fluffy appearance by brushing the wool with a wire brush while it is wet and again when it is dry.
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. Sheepskin rugs on Snugrugs
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. Sheepskin rugs on Snugrugs
SHEEPSKIN MOCCASINS & SLIPPERS
If cared for properly, a quality shearling coat from Snugrugs will provide years of comfort and enjoyment.
To preserve the shape of your coat, simply place it on an oversized hanger when storing, drying, or just hanging in a closet overnight. Always store your shearling coat in a breathable garment bag (vinyl or plastic bags do not breathe) to prevent the garment from drying out.
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. Ladies Sheepskin Coats Mens Sheepskin Coats
Hang your rug or hide outside on a sunny day. Sun kills dust mites.
Icelandic Sheepskin Breed – special properties If you are worried about allergies I recommend Icelandic breeds of sheepskin. Due to the wool properties people who are normally allergic to sheep wool are not allergic to the Icelandic variety. They are also lighter so much easier to shake.
SPILL ADVICE – LIQUIDS
As soon as you spill liquid on your rug BLOT the area immediately with kitchen paper or tissue. Absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Avoid the temptation to rub soap on it. Rubbing the stain will permanently alter the fibre composition. If necessary dap it with WATER or water with 2 drops of washing up liquid. When as much of the liquid as possible has been absorbed, sprinkle SALT on it. This will absorb the remaining liquid. Leave overnight then VACUUM using the nozel part of the vacuum. This will fluff up the fibres instead of flattening them. If the liquid is potentially smelly (such as MILK) sprinkle some BICARBONATE OF SODA on it. This absorbs the smell.
It is a myth that pouring white wine on a red wine stain will get rid of it. You just end up with two stains instead of one! If the stain is large and dark e.g. red wine/coffee take it to a professional cleaner within 24 hours. If they can work on it quickly they can remove the most stubborn of stains!
SPILL ADVICE/SOLID FOODS/MUD
This 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.
We hope you have found this useful.