Aside from their exquisite beauty, their ease of care is another reason cowhide rugs are such an ideal accessory for your home. A home should be a comfortable place for family and friends. When you select a cow skin rug as one of the main attractions in your decor, you won’t have to worry about kids and pets playing on the rug or panic if something is spilled on the rug.
In a meat processing plant, cow skin is considered waste material. This means that when you’re buying cowhide rugs, you’re purchasing a product that would otherwise be thrown away. Knowing that these cow skins have withstood an abundance of diverse outdoor conditions should indicate to you that they are durable enough to withstand the activity level in a home filled with energetic children and active pets.
As part of your regular housecleaning routine, you can take your cow hide rug outdoors and shake it. Cow hide does not attract and trap dust as many other material do, so a few shakes from time to time is all your rug may need. Another way to remove dust and dirt from the rug is to simply brush the rug with a plastic brush. If you vacuum the rug, it is recommended that you steadily glide the vacuum over the rug. Leaving the vacuum sitting in one spot on the rug can scorch that area of the rug. Brushing and vacuuming should be done in the direct of the hair, not against the natural growth pattern.
Whether its kids or guests, there’s always a possibility that someone will spill something on your rug. When you’ve chosen a cowhide rug as part of your decor, there’s no cause for panic. Simply take a clean absorbent cloth and soak up the spill. If it is apparent that the liquid is going to stain the rug, you can take a damp cloth and mild soap and wipe the rug to remove the stain. Once again, you should wipe with the grain rather than against the grain when cleaning your rug. You should never use harsh cleaning products on your cow skin rug.
Cowhide rugs and pets are a compatible match. However, there may be times when you need to remove pet odor, or some other type of odor, from your rug. This can be done by gently wiping the rug with a solution made of 5% vinegar and 95% water.
It’s essential to know that you should never hand wash, machine wash or dry clean a cow hide rug. The previously mentioned cleaning techniques should sufficiently clean your rug so that you can enjoy it for a long time.