How to Clean and take care of your Exmoor Sheepskin Rug

If after reading the guides below you have any questions or are unsure how to deal with a problem with your rugs reach out to us we are here to make sure you get the best from your rug!!

If you need to clean an Icelandic Sheepskin rug please see the section at the bottom of this page

DRY CLEANING – These rugs are dry cleanable by professional dry-cleaners

GENERAL CARE – 3 SIMPLE STEPS

  1. 1. BEAT AND SHAKE – Take your rug outdoors and give it a very good shake to remove dust and other dirt particles. If required ‘beat’ the rug with a broom handle or similar implement.
  2. 2. BRUSH – Brush your rug with a strong ‘slicker’ brush – you can buy these in pet shops sold as ‘dog brushes’. This will remove dust and also make your rug fluffy again if it has gone a bit flat. It is normal for some wool to come off on the brush.
  3. 3. VACUUM – Once shaken and brushed, run a vacuum cleaner >over your rug to pick up all other dust and other dirt particles.
  4. We usually find that these 3 steps are sufficient to keep your rug clean for many years without the need for other washing or laundering.

LAUNDERING – AVOID ALL HEAT!

These sheepskin rugs can be machine or hand washed if essential using the following instructions. Please note washing can remove natural oils from your sheepskin rug making your rug feel slightly less soft.

  1. Pre-soak in COLD water to 30°C maximum, using a MILD WOOL detergent.
  2. Gently hand wash OR wash on your machine’s WOOL CYCLE in cold water (30°C maximum).
  3. Rinse until the water is clear. Spin dry on the SLOWEST SPIN CYCLE to remove excess water.
  4. Comb wool while still damp.
  5. Slow drying will give the best results for your sheepskin rug. Hang to dry over two lines away from direct sunlight or artificial heat like radiators.</l
  6. When nearly dry, stretch by hand in all directions and finally to the required shape

Icelandic Sheepskin Rug Cleaning and Care

Exmoor Sheepskin Icelandic Rugs are NOT Machine Washable!

DRY CLEANING – These rugs are dry cleanable by professional dry-cleaners

GENERAL CARE – 3 SIMPLE STEPS

  1. BEAT AND SHAKE – Take your rug outdoors and give it a very good shake to remove dust and other dirt particles. If required ‘beat’ the rug with a broom handle or similar implement.
  2. BRUSH – Brush your rug with a strong ‘slicker’ brush – you can buy these in pet shops sold as ‘dog brushes’. This will remove dust and also make your rug fluffy again if it has gone a bit flat. It is normal for some wool to come off on the brush.
  3. VACUUM – Once shaken and brushed, run a vacuum cleaner >over your rug to pick up all other dust and other dirt particles.
  4. We usually find that these 3 steps are sufficient to keep your rug clean for many years without the need for other washing or laundering.

EXTRA CARE FOR DYED RUGS

  • Do not expose dyed skins to direct sunlight as colour fade and colour change can occur.
  • Do not put dyed skins on wet or white / light places, especially sofas, armchairs. Colour transfer can occur.

HAND CLEANING – LIGHT STAINS ON HAIR ONLY

Avoid getting the skin of the rug wet, clean the fleece/hair only. The skin can go hard in places if exposed to water.

  1. Sponge off small stains on the hair using a damp cloth.
  2. If further cleaning is required you can use a damp cloth with a liquid wool cleanser.
  3. Mix the liquid cleanser with water and use the FROTH only to clean the hair. Avoid too much water.
  4. Comb the wool while still damp.
  5. Slow drying will give the best results for your sheepskin rug. Hang to dry over two lines away from direct sunlight or artificial heat like radiators.
  6. When nearly dry, stretch by hand in all directions and finally to the required shape