How to Clean Sheepskins

Updated February 21, 2017

Sheepskins are organic materials used for seat and bed covers, rugs, clothing and other applications. Sheepskins require special care to remove dirt and debris because direct heat and harsh detergents can damage the structure of the skin and cause shrinkage. The soft wool side of sheepskins requires regular brushing and vacuuming to keep it soft, fluffy and free from dust. With the proper care, you can keep your sheepskin items looking their best.

Fill a tub or sink with cool water and add sheepskin detergent according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Place the sheepskin item into the water and swish it around to loosen any dirt and debris. Wipe any tough stains or residue with a wash cloth to aid in removal.

Drain the water from the tub or sink and refill it with clean cool water.

Rinse the sheepskin in the clean water to remove any detergent residue.

Drain the water from the tub or sink, and press the sheepskin with your hands to remove any excess water.

Blot the sheepskin with a towel to remove as much water as possible.

Stretch out the sheepskin and lay it flat or hang it to dry in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or heat. It can take one full day for the sheepskin to dry completely.

Brush the dry sheepskin with a wire brush to restore the nap. Brush the wool up and away from the skin.


Vacuum sheepskins with a brush attachment at least once a month to remove loose dirt and dust.


Don't use bleach or hot water to clean your sheepskin items. Don't dry sheepskin items in the dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheepskin detergent
  • Wash cloth
  • Towel
  • Wire brush
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Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.