Here at SNUGRUGS we are passionate about wool products and a good quality sheepskin rug is often placed in the most the most predominant place in the home. Naturally, this type of product also spends a lot of
time on the floor, meaning a build up of dirt and grime is inevitable. Sometimes, a simple wipe with a damp cloth on the mucky spots and a good brush is all it takes to keep your well loved sheepskin
rug looking in tip top condition but, if your rug is looking more weary than woolly, then it’s time to give it a well deserved wash.
Before you whack your precious rug in the machine with the weekly washing, please adhere to the warnings below before you start;
Never wash your rug in temperatures above 40c
Don’t use household biological washing powder, fabric softener or bleach based detergents, as this will permanently damage your rug
Avoid drying your rug in a hot tumble dryer, near heat or direct sunlight as this will shrink the hide
Do not iron your rug
Don’t leave your sheepskin rug soaking in water for long periods of time
The instructions below should only be used on natural sheepskin rugs ( Coloured rugs should always be professionally dry cleaned)
Your sheepskin rug can be washed using a very mild household detergent or a specially formulated wool cleaner (Click here for our recommendation)
The best way to wash your rug is in by hand in the bathtub using cold or warm water. If you prefer to use the washing machine, then use the “wool” or very cool wash. You can wring out the rug
by hand after hand washing or put it in the machine for a spin cycle. It is important not to use household biological detergent or fabric softener on your rug as these products contain enzymes
and bleach that will break down the natural fibres and ruin it.
The ideal way to dry your rug is by placing it on a flat surface outdoors and away from direct sunlight. If this is not possible it can be dried indoors away from direct heat sources such as hot
radiators, fan heaters or open fires. Although we don’t advise putting your precious rug in the tumble drier, if you choose to do this, only use the coolest setting. A natural amount of shrinkage
will occur during the washing process, this can be remedied by gently stretching out the hide by hand as it dries.
After the washing and drying process, the wool fibres contained in your rug might revert to their natural curly state, to restore the rug to its former fluffy glory you can brush it when it is wet
with a wool brush, which is similar to a wire pet brush and comb through again once it is completely dry. (click here for our range of brushes)
Your previously grubby sheepskin rug should now be squeaky clean and ready to wow once again. Hoover the rug regularly to avoid a build up of dirt and grime, any remaining dirt not picked up
by the hoover can be shaken off outside. Regular combing with the appropriate brush will ensure that your rug doesn’t become matted or take on an uneven appearance over time.
For more products specially formulated for the care and cleaning of your rugs and wool items or to browse our extensive range of sheepskin products, please visit www.snugrugs.co.uk
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