How To Clean Your Sheepskin Rug

19/11/2012
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Sheepskin RugSheepskin rugs are gaining popularity and are becoming the must have accessory for any contemporary and traditional interior. These rugs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Most of the time the sheepskin rug will remain the natural color of the sheep’s wool, but the fleece can easily be dyed to match existing decor. Usually the rug comes in the standard size, but can vary depending on the size of the animal. For the larger sizes, you will find that a few hides are sewn together. A sheepskin rug is made from the wool and hide from a sheep. The hide is tanned and the woolly fleece is left attached to the skin. The hide serves as the bottom of the rug and the fleece side provides the top of the rug.

These rugs are soft, fluffy, and warm. You can use these rugs anywhere you would use any other types of rugs. You can use them in your bedroom, living area near a chair, or as an accent piece. You can use the larger rugs on bare floors in lieu of regular carpeting. The sheepskin rugs provide warmth in winter and coolness in summer. It is very luxurious for your feet to walk upon.

Sheepskin rugs, while luxurious, can tend to draw dirt and grime to them. It is important to properly clean the rugs to avoid any shrinkage or damage. First you will want to clean out the dust and dirt that accumulated in the sheep skin rug. You can shake out the rug to remove excess particles that may have been caught in the rug. Then you can beat the rug to get out the dust that has settled into the rug. You can beat the rug by hanging it on a clothing line and hitting it with a broom. A pet brush can be used to brush out the fur. Once those methods have been completed, it is time to wash it. If you don’t have a big enough washing machine, opt to go to a laundromat. You should pre-soak the rug in the detergent for a few minutes to loosen hidden stains or dirt. The sheepskin rugs should be washed on a gentle cycle in cold water. It is important to use a wool detergent, specifically one made for sheepskin, when washing. Once washing has been completed, it’s time to dry your rug. Lay the rug flat in a dry, sunless location. It is recommended that you avoid the dryer and direct sunlight. You can also hang the rug on a clothes line in the shade. Reshape the rug while still damp to regain the shape. With proper care, your sheepskin rug will last for many years of use.

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