How to Wash Sheepskin Rugs

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How to Wash Sheepskin Rugs
Wash your sheepskin rugs in the washing machine. (laundry image by timur1970 from

Sheepskin rugs are natural, soft and durable, adding a touch of design to any room. Since the sheepskin is a natural textile, the rugs are fairly easy to maintain and care for, By vacuuming regularly with a hose attachment, or shaking the rug off outdoors, you will remove most loose build-up and crumbs. When the sheepskin needs a more thorough cleaning, however, you must use a safe cleaning routine that will not damage the rug.

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Mild enzyme-free detergent

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  1. 1

    Place the sheepskin rugs in your washing machine, allowing enough room for the rugs to move freely during the wash process.

  2. 2

    Turn on the washing machine with a cold water, large load size cycle.

  3. 3

    Pour 1/4 cup of a mild, enzyme-free and bleach-free detergent. Your best options are either a powdered dishwasher detergent, or a laundry detergent designed for use on lingerie.

  4. 4

    Run the washing machine for its full wash cycle.

  5. 5

    Remove the rugs and stretch them back into shape. Hang-dry the rugs in a shaded area, out of sunlight.

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