How to Clean a Sheep Skin Rug

Written by hillary marshall | 13/05/2017
How to Clean a Sheep Skin Rug
The leather side of the sheepskin rug can become damaged if it is not cared for properly. (fur rug image by Scrivener from

Just like any rug, a sheepskin rug does require cleaning from time to time. Many sheepskin rugs can be washed both by hand or machine. That being said, it is best to wash your sheepskin rug by hand unless your manufacturer instructions state otherwise. Hand washing your sheepskin rug is actually quite easy, and when done correctly it can help keep the rug in usable condition for a longer period of time.

Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of a mild dish soap. You should never use any soap or detergent that contains bleach or enzymes because they can damage the leather side of your rug.

Take your sheepskin rug outside and shake it clean. Make sure it is free of dust, dirt, debris and hair.

Place your sheepskin rug in the bathtub of water with the furry side facing down. Submerge the rug and wash it by hand in the soapy bath water.

Drain the tub of all the soapy bath water. Rinse the rug with cold water to remove any soapy residue.

Squeeze out as much water as you can from your sheepskin rug. Use white bath towels to dab the rug dry some more.

Take the rug back outside and hang it on the clothesline. Let it dry outside, but avoid setting it in direct sunlight or high temperatures.

Comb the rug to re-fluff the nap when the rug is almost dry. Use a wire pet brush for this. If the wool is long, allow it to dry completely before you brush the nap.

Things you need

  • Mild dish soap
  • Clothes line
  • Wire pet brush

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