If you are prepared to treat your cowhide rug with care you will find that it will last a lifetime, and in many people’s opinion these rugs really do look better over time – the slightly worn look only adds to the unique character of the cowhide rug.
You will find that they may start to lose a small amount of hair as soon as you start to use it, but it is really nothing to be alarmed about. It is all part of the nature of a cowhide rug and although you should not be rough with it, you should use the same cleaning routine as you would with the other carpets and fabrics in your house.
It is perfectly acceptable to vacuum the rug in the normal way – once in a while take it outside, give it a good shake and leave it outside to get some air. This will remove any stubborn particles of dust and freshen it up a little.
We always advise that you move the location of the rug from time to time to ensure that it wears evenly. By doing this you will probably find that you will not experience the ageing aspect of cowhide rugs. By turning it around or moving it into another room once in a while you will ensure your cowhide rug stays looking great for years to come.
If you notice a mark or stain on the rug don’t use an abrasive cleaning fluid. Just rub the stain gently with a damp cloth and a luke warm mixture of soap and water. Gently rub in the direction of the hair but don’t rub too vigorously. You usually find that this will do the trick.
If the children spill something on the rug such as food or juice, try to soak up the spillage with some absorbent kitchen towel as quickly as possible. If there is food involved gently scrape it away with a blunt knife and then try to remove the remainder of the mark as explained previously.
Caring for your cowhide rug basically boils down to common sense and if you take care of it you will find that it will give you many years of pleasure.