So you’ve just bought your cow hide or other animal skin rug – how do you take the best possible care of your rug and ensure it lasts in pristine condition for many years ?
Cleaning of a cow hide or other animal skin rug is easy if you follow these simple easy to follow steps requiring tools and items close at hand in your own home. By so doing you can make certain that you keep your rug looking like new for many years to come.
What You Will Need
- Vac with a brush attachment
- A Hard-bristled brush
- Some mild cleansing soap (Lux works very well)
- A sponge
- Scotch Guard or a similar fabric protector
- We also recommend a steam cleaner if you have one as this can clean deep within the fur pile.
Make sure – of course – you vacuum your rug regularly as this will remove obvious dirt and prevent grit grinding into the hide causing damage and dirt to further accumulate.
Use your vacuum’s floor attachment to clean the fur in direction of the hair, and gently draw out dust and grime contaminants. Do that every week to ensure that sharp contaminants don’t start to cut the fur from the hide.
Try not to soak the rug, however, you can gently steam clean it with no negative after effects. Fur hides shed moisture well as their purpose is and keep the animal dry. If during cleansing the hide gets too wet, then let it dry a little preferably in the sun before continuing the clean.
Remove spots with a non-alkaline cleaning soap. Leather soaps work with stains on smooth hairless animal skins but baby shampoo or mild dish detergent gently scrubbed into foam is preferable for hides with hair. Apply the froth to a sponge and gently wipe the hide in direction of the grain. Rinse with a moist sponge to get rid of any remaining shampoo.
Apply Scotch Guard before your rug becomes stained or after you have just cleaned it as this can help the fur to repel further stains and keep your valuable cow hide rug in a pristine condition for many years.
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