Ever since we first opened our doors in 1971, one item that has never gone out of style is our classic sheepskin rug. Over the years the range of colours, breeds and sizes may have expanded but we still get the same question asked over and over, what is the best way to keep my sheepskin rug in great condition? We have put together this handy guide to ensure that your sheepskin stays soft and inviting for years to come.

. Firstly as sheepskin is a natural product it can be affected by extreme heat and damp. If your sheepskin is left in strong sunlight for long periods it can dry out the leather and affect the softness of the wool. Alternatively if the rug is left to get damp the wool can tangle and the leather is susceptible to mould. We recommend moving your rug around and shaking it out every month or so to allow air to get to the leather.

. As much as possible do try not to wash your sheepskin as it will last longer left in its natural state. Brushing it out with a sheepskin brush can refresh it and restore the natural texture of the wool, however, if you feel that your sheepskin really does need a wash you have a couple of options. Ideally you would wash your sheepskin in the bath with lukewarm water using a small amount of non-alkaline mild liquid detergent wool wash shampoo (widely available online) don’t scrub the sheepskin or move the wool around too much as this can cause it to get matted, just moving the sheepskin around in the water to dislodge any dust and dirt is enough. Drain out the dirty water and refill with clean lukewarm water to rinse out the remaining detergent. Squeeze out any excess water let it drain and then transfer to a washing machine to gently spin out most of the excess water. Lay out in a clean dry place ideally on a towel out of direct sunlight and away from artificial heat. To ensure the best result gently pull the leather back into shape and brush through while still damp.  Once it’s completely dry brush it out again to ensure there are no tangles.

. If you don’t have the option of washing your sheepskin in a bath it can be washed in a washing machine but should NEVER be tumble dried. Set your washing machine to the lowest possible temperature and add in a little of your wool detergent. Once the cycle is done check that your sheepskin is not soaking wet, it should be damp. If it is still wet through then put it on an extra spin cycle to get rid of excess water, then dry as above.

If you need any more information or have questions about your sheepskin care we are more than happy to help, just fill out our contact form or email us at info@exmoorsheepskin.co.uk and we will get back to you ASAP.

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