Washing instructions for sheepskin rugs

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Washing instructions for sheepskin rugs
Sheepskin rugs require special care. (Image; Pixabay.)

Sheepskin rugs add a sense of warmth and comfort to a room that you don't get with synthetic or synthetic-blend rugs. Sheepskin gives off a natural lanolin that helps to clean and protect it, so owners must wash sheepskin rugs in a different way to traditional rugs. Many people think you must take a sheepskin to a professional to clean, but you can usually clean the sheepskin rug yourself at home if you take care to protect it.

Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder specifically for sheepskin
  • Clothes line
  • Wire brush

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  1. 1

    Place the sheepskin rug into the washing machine along with the washing powder. Run the washing machine on a warm setting, with the water no hotter than 40 degrees C (108F).

  2. 2

    Wring out any excess water from the sheepskin rug.

  3. 3

    Hang the sheepskin rug on a line to dry. Make sure the rug hangs straight down, not over the line, so that the rug will dry out flat. Allow the rug to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Brush the rug with the wire brush, fluffing out the curls and bringing your sheepskin rug back to its original state.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of hanging the sheepskin rug on the clothes line, you can lay it flat on a table or other surface.
  • Don't dry your sheepskin rug in the tumble dryer, in direct sunlight or any other high heat areas.
  • Never use traditional washing powder, even gentle detergent, on your sheepskin rug.

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