Can sheepskin rugs be washed?

Are you staring at your beloved sheepskin rug, wondering if washing it back to its original glory is possible?

Sheepskin rugs are a popular choice for adding warmth and elegance to a home. But when it comes to cleaning them, things can get a bit tricky. Let's unravel this mystery together in a fun and easy way!

Just know you’re not alone in this fluffy conundrum! People query this with us all the time “Can Sheepskin rugs be washed?”

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The Tale of Two Rugs: Understanding Your Sheepskin

Did you know there are two main types of sheepskin rugs? There’s the luxurious, high-quality type, often sold in upscale stores like John Lewis, and then there’s the more affordable version, which can be just as cosy and attractive. The price range can vary significantly – from around £20 to £100 or more. Interestingly, both types start their journey as wonderfully soft and fluffy. It’s like choosing between a high-end boutique and a charming chartity shop – both have unique appeal!


To Wash or Not to Wash: Assessing Your Rug

Before you wash your rug, let’s do a simple health check. Gently tug at the fur – if it feels like it’s tearing, your rug might be too dry for a wash. Another tip is the ‘squish test.’ Compress the rug and listen for any cracking sounds. If the leatherback is cracking, it’s a sign that your rug might not handle a wash well. But if it’s still soft and flexible, your rug is likely in good shape for a gentle cleaning.


Cleaning Techniques: The Gentle Approach

If your rug passes the health check, it’s time for a gentle cleaning. Remember, while you can’t turn back time to make your rug look brand new, you can certainly give it a fresh, cleaner appearance. The key is to be as gentle as possible to avoid damaging the delicate fibres.


Seeking Professional Help: When to Call the Experts

Sometimes, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Some dry cleaners specialise in cleaning sheepskin rugs with gentle, rug-friendly solvents. However, weigh the cost of cleaning against the price you paid for the rug. Replacing a less expensive rug might be more cost-effective than paying for professional cleaning.


The Eco-Friendly Side of Sheepskin Rugs

Fun fact: many sheepskin rugs are byproducts of sheep farming. By purchasing these rugs, you’re reducing waste – a plus for the environment! It’s a cosy way to be eco-friendly.


The Premium Sheepskin Experience

For those who own premium sheepskin rugs, a bit more care is required. These rugs are like the luxury cars of the rug world – they deserve and require top-notch maintenance. If you have such a rug, ensure it receives the best possible care to maintain its value and beauty.


Final Thoughts: Embrace Your Sheepskin Rug Journey

Caring for your sheepskin rug is a unique journey. Whether it involves a simple home cleaning or a trip to a professional, the goal is to keep your rug looking as great as possible. Remember, each rug has its story and character, and with the proper care, it can remain a cherished part of your home for years to come.

Whether your sheepskin rug is a plush investment, or a charming bargain find, it deserves the proper care. Embrace the process and enjoy the satisfaction of maintaining the beauty of your cosy home accessory.

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FAQs About Sheepskin Rug Care

  1. Can I machine wash my sheepskin rug?

Answer: It’s generally not recommended to machine wash sheepskin rugs, as the process can be too harsh for the delicate fibres and leather backing. Use a mild detergent & a gentle cycle if your rug is small and the label indicates it’s machine washable. However, hand washing, or professional cleaning is the safer choice for most sheepskin rugs, especially larger and premium ones.

  1. What’s the best way to dry a sheepskin rug after washing it?

Answer: After gently washing your sheepskin rug, the best way to dry it is to air dry it naturally, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Avoid wringing or twisting the rug, as this can damage the fibres. Instead, shake it out and lay it flat to dry, occasionally fluffing the fur to maintain its natural texture.

  1. How often should I clean my sheepskin rug?

Answer: The frequency of cleaning depends on the rug’s use and location. A thorough cleaning once or twice a year is ideal for rugs in high-traffic areas. However, cleaning every couple of years may suffice for rugs in less-used spaces. Regularly shaking out the rug and spot-cleaning spills as they occur can help maintain its appearance between deep cleanings.

  1. Is it possible to remove stains from a sheepskin rug?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to remove stains, but you should do this cautiously. Blot spills straight away with a clean, dry cloth. For stubborn stains, use a mild detergent & gently spot clean with a damp cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals or vigorous scrubbing, as these can damage the rug. Consulting a professional cleaner is a wise choice for tough stains or uncertainty about how to proceed.

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Written and edited by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing and Admin Coordinator at Art of Clean.

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please do not hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901551 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio, and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning, and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry-Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge

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