Storage and Use of Sheepskin

Regular vacuuming will help to maintain the wool fibers and unclipped longer wool rugs benefit from occasional brushing with a wire pet brush (pet slicker pad). Loose fibers and shedding can occur when sheepskin is cut to make a product.  Brush well with a wire pet brush to remove loose fibers still caught in the sewing.   Small spills can be sponged off with a damp cloth. Exposure to strong direct sunlight is best avoided as Ultra Violet will damage the natural fibers and fade dyed sheepskins. Do not store in damp or wet conditions as it will cause deterioration to the natural leather pelt.

Washing Instructions

Small stains and light soiling can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent. For more thorough cleaning, dry cleaning is recommended for the best results. Natural sheepskins can be hand or machine washed in warm water (40C / 104F) using a mild liquid detergent (USA soap) on a gentle washing cycle. Please note that machine or hand washing may affect the appearance of the natural wool fibers and the leather pelt. Products with cotton or other backing material are generally not suitable for machine or hand washing. Dry cleaning is recommended for any products with backing materials and for dyed sheepskins, as colors may bleed.

Drying

Air dry your natural sheepskin by hanging it on a line or by laying it out flat, away from direct sunlight. It is important to stretch sheepskin during the drying process to retain the shape and prevent excessive shrinkage. Do not tumble dry, iron or bleach your sheepskin.

Brushing

After washing, the wool fibers will likely revert back to their natural curly state. Brushing with a wire wool comb while wet and after drying will help restore the fluffy appearance and natural loft of the fibers.