Cowhide & Sheepskin Product Care

CARING FOR YOUR PRODUCT

The care instructions for our alpaca fur rugs, cowhides, mink blankets, sheepskins and area rugs will obviously be different. Some items are much more delicate than others so special care will be needed with those.

For example, cow hides can be cleaned simply by using a sponge with soap and water while alpaca fur will need to be professionally cleaned. Please follow the care instructions listed below for each type of product. By doing so, it should provide you with years of enjoyable use.

(Many of our fur rugs, mink blankets, area rugs and even a single cow hide can also be used for wall hangings. In these cases, mounting instructions are also included.)

Simply click on the item below to read about its specific care and mounting instructions.

Cowhides

Cowhide Rug CareCare Instructions

Cow hides are very easily cared for. Other than periodic vacuuming, simple soap and water on a sponge is generally all that any of our cowhide rugs or other cow hide products will ever need. Steam cleaning your cowhide rug will also work if one makes certain not to put too much water on the hide.

Hanging Instructions For Our Cowhide Rugs

Many people use our cow hide rugs for wall hangings. Although one could make a mounting bracket that the hide would attach to, it is much easier simply to nail or staple your cowhide to the wall using small nails or large staples. Mounting cow hides to a brick or concrete wall  is a bit more difficult. We recommend asking someone at Home Depot or any other hardware store for suggestions.Cowhide mounted on the wall

As a side note, please do not be concerned with damaging your hide. Properly tanned cowhides are practically indestructible. Once again, properly cared for, your cowhide rug should last a life time.

 

Mink Blankets / Throws

Care Instructions

Our “mink” blankets can be either machine-washed or professionally dry-cleaned.

Unlike the blankets that most of us have had in the past that tend to clump up and become dull after washing, our blankets will look very close to brand new for years even after multiple washings, IF you follow our care instructions.

We recommend using the same procedures one would use in cleaning any other fine washable:  using a mild soap and cold water, sitting your machine on “gentle cycle”, and “tumble dry”, using no heat!

We can’t over emphasize that last statement enough about using no heat, both in the water and in the dryer, to keep your blanket looking like new for years to come, even after many washings! (Using heat will make the long acrylic fibers “clump” together.) Setting your washing machine on “gentle” cycle” is also extremely important.

Your mink blanket will actually be softer after your wash it. A “starch like” substance called “sizing” is used in manufacturing and removing it will make your blanket even more plush and comfortable.

Some people prefer professional dry cleaning. We simply suggest making sure the dry cleaner you select has experience in this kind of product. Although your mink blanket is very easily cleaned, we would not want someone “practicing” on your beautiful blanket!

Hanging Instructions

Many people use our mink blankets for wall hangings. Being so lightweight, we suggest simply using small finish nails to hang them on the wall. Although one could make a mounting bracket that the blanket would attach to, it is much easier simply to nail it to the wall using small finish nails.

However, if you prefer, it would be almost as easy to simply staple or nail the blanket to a piece of thin molding and then mount this to the wall.

Mounting it to brick or concrete is a bit more difficult. As we suggested above concerning our area rugs/ wall hangings, we recommend asking someone at Home Depot or any other hardware store for suggestions.

Please feel free to call us at our toll free number if you need assistance:
1-800-591-4235 (Toll Free)

 

New Zealand / Australian “Naturally Shaped” Sheepskin Rugs

Care Instructions

These Sheepskins are crafted with pride by the world’s largest Sheepskin tanning company. The quality of their products is their reputation.

Your carefully selected Sheepskin rug may have been tightly packaged for the journey home and so the wool may appear flattened. Wool fibers are very resilient and will bounce back to their original springy appearance.

A vigorous shake will also help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any fold marks from packaging will disappear once the skin has been removed from the package for several days.

Storage

Should you wish to store your Sheepskin rug at any time, place it in a cool airy place avoiding direct sunlight. Packaging in plastic bags for an extended period of time is not recommended as the Sheepskin fibers will not breathe and condensation may occur in warm conditions.

Washing

In the event that your rug is stained, we recommend that you take it to a dry cleaner specializing in leather.

Hand Washing

Use a mild detergent designed for sheepskin and wash in cold water. Do not use soap or washing powders containing enzymes or bleach, or which are alkaline.

Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Hand squeeze as much water from the Sheepskin as possible or spin on delicate in the washing machine.

Machine Washing

Our rugs can be carefully washed in a washing machine, in cold water on a delicate cycle using a mild detergent designed for sheepskin.  Do not use soap or washing powders containing enzymes or bleach, or which are alkaline.

Drying

Your sheepskin rug may be tumble dried on the “air dry” setting. Make sure the dyer is not hot when you put it in.  Do not use any heat setting as heat may damage it. Alternatively, hang the Sheepskin outside to dry naturally, avoiding direct sunlight.

Take care not to place your sheepskin rug on a radiator, steam pipe or in front of a fan heater as this may damage the Sheepskin. Do not iron or bleach the Sheepskin.

Brushing

After washing, the wool may revert back to its natural curly state. You can help restore the fluffy appearance by brushing the wool while it is wet and again when it is dry. A wire pet brush or comb is suitable.

Dry Cleaning

As with most items, your sheepskin rug will look better if you have them professionally dry cleaned by a company experienced in cleaning this type of item.
(They will be using either white spirits or perchloroethylene.)

Please feel free to call us at our toll free number if you need assistance:
1-800-591-4235 (Toll Free)

 

South American Sheepskin Rugs and Wall Hangings

Care Instructions

Unlike our washable New Zealand and Australian sheepskins, which are practically indestructible, more care will be needed with these South American sheepskins.

These sheepskins are more “decorative” and “light use” items than other types of sheepskin that can be used for heavy, functional use. This is not to say that you cannot “use” your sheepskin rug. Quite the contrary! We simply mean that they shouldn’t be put on the floor in your major traffic areas.

Here is the rule of thumb for you sheepskin rug: “light use and little walking traffic”.

Brushing

Periodic “teasing” with a fine tooth cat brush will help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any fold marks from packaging can be removed by this teasing process. In addition, simply removing your sheepskin from the package and letting it “breathe” for a few days will help restore its natural look.

Storage

Should you wish to store your sheepskin rug, avoid direct sunlight and store it in a cool airy place. Storing your sheepskin rug in plastic bags for any length of time is not advisable. You want your sheepskin rug to be able to breathe and using plastic bags prevents this. In addition, condensation may occur in warm conditions if plastic is used.

Cleaning

Our handcrafted South American Sheepskin rugs are not machine washable! However, they may be vacuumed and are easily dry cleaned by cleaners who are experienced in this type of product.

Please be certain that your leather cleaner is experienced in this type of product or they may actually hurt the rug. Unfortunately, many of us have had bad experiences taking our leather jackets to the wrong cleaners!

These are no different.

In addition, some carpet cleaners can do a wonderful job on these items. Once again though, taking them to the wrong cleaner may harm you sheepskin rug. Please be sure that your cleaner is experienced with this particular kind of product.

Hanging Instructions

All our sheepskin rugs can easily be hung by simply using small finish nails or large push tacks. The sheepskin will not be damaged in anyway.

Please feel free to call us at our toll free number if you need assistance:
1-800-591-4235 (Toll Free)

 

Alpaca Fur Rugs and Bedspreads

Care Instructions

Unlike our washable New Zealand and Australian sheepskins, which are practically indestructible, more care will be needed with alpaca fur.
Our alpaca fur rugs and bedspreads are more “decorative” and “light use” items than those used for heavy, functional use. This is not to say that you cannot “use” your alpaca fur. Quite the contrary! We simply mean that they are not made to sleep on every night. Neither are these alpaca furs to be put on the floor in your major traffic areas.

Here is the rule of thumb for alpacas: “light use and little walking traffic”.

Brushing

You may brush your alpaca fur with either a wire pet brush or a hairbrush. This works particularly well when it gets matted from sitting or laying on it.

 Storage

Should you wish to store your alpaca fur rug, avoid direct sunlight and store it in a cool airy place. Storing your alpaca rug in plastic bags for any length of time is not advisable. You want your fur to be able to breathe and using plastic bags prevents this. In addition, condensation may occur in warm conditions if plastic is used.

Cleaning

Alpaca fur is not machine washable!

Your alpaca fur will need to be taken to a professional furrier to be cleaned which can be expensive. For that reason, and for the fact that they are a more delicate item, care should be taken to keep it clean in the first place.

For spills or spot cleaning, a sponge with a mild soap and water solution will work best. Make certain that you don’t get the leather wet by using so much liquid that it penetrates through the fur, down to the leather.

Periodically using some kind of talcum powder will help to keep your alpaca fur smelling fresh.

Please feel free to call us at our toll free number if you need assistance:
1-800-591-4235 (Toll Free)

 

Synthetic Area Rugs / Wall Hangings

Care Instructions

Our area rugs/wall hangings are very easily cared for by following the same procedures one would use on most any other area rug. Periodic vacuuming will not only clean your area rug but will also greatly prolong its life. Dirt acts as a destructive abrasive agent against the fibers of your rug and will destroy it over time. Regular vacuuming will prevent this.

For small spills, a sponge with soap and water is more than adequate. For general cleaning, one can use your basic “carpet cleaning machine”, rented from most any grocery store.

We suggest not using extremely hot water, for it can damage the olefin fiber in your rug. Here is a rule of thumb: do not use water any hotter than you can comfortably put your hand in.

Hanging Instructions

Many people use our area rugs for wall hangings. Although one could make a mounting bracket that the rug would attach to, it is much easier simply to nail it to the wall using small nails. Mounting it to brick or concrete is a bit more difficult. We recommend asking someone at Home Depot or any other hardware store for suggestions.

Please feel free to call us at our toll free number if you need assistance:
1-800-591-4235 (Toll Free)