Steps to Clean Sheepskin Rug      

                 A sheepskin rug, woven out of wool derived from sheep, is used by people worldwide for various purposes – sometimes for seating, and sometimes as a textile floor covering or carpet. Such rug is a delight for the eye but its usage demands right maintenance for good look, longevity, and fluffiness. Cleaning of it requires great care and attention too.

Steps commonly adopted for cleaning a sheepskin rug

This beautiful floor covering requires cleaning with soapy water at least once in a month for good maintenance. It can be washed manually or with the help of a washing machine. Let us take a glimpse of steps people commonly adopted for cleaning it manually :

  • It should be brushed gently every day for keeping it dust-free and health-friendly.
  • It should be washed with the water of temperature below 100-degree centigrade.
  • Before soaking the rug in soap water, it should be dampened in cold water for 10 minutes to loosen the dust and dirt caught in its fabric.
  • Detergent powder or soap cake used for washing such rug should not be harsh on the material as that may make it rough, thereby damaging its fluffiness.
  • After washing it thoroughly, it should be rolled up for hand squeezing.
  • Maximum water from the rug should be rinsed out by hand squeezing.
  • Next, the rug needs to be hung out in the air to dry.
  • While drying, care should be taken that it does not face direct exposure to sunlight.
  • If the rug is washed early in the morning, followed by immediate hand squeezing, and then hung out in the air to dry, the whole material will be ready for laying on the floor or on seating.

Steps adopted for machine wash varies depending upon the features of the machine in use. Generally, we follow the steps for machine wash as mentioned below :

  • It should be washed with the water of temperature below 100-degree centigrade.
  • Firstly, the rug should be dampened in cold water for 10 minutes to loosen the dust and dirt caught in its fabric.
  • Secondly, it has to be soaked in soapy water, ensuring the usage of good quality detergent powder.
  • It should be brushed once while soaked in soapy water.
  • After cleaning it with soapy water, and then so with fresh water at least 4 times, the rug should be rolled and hand-squeezed to rinse out maximum water from it.
  • Then the rolled rug should be transferred to the spinning section for gently spinning out the remaining water from the rug.
  • Spinning should be done at low temperature though it is a time-taking process.
  • Next, the rug should be hung out in the air to dry.
  • While drying, it should be brushed gently
  • Similar to the process of drying followed after manual wash, the machine-washed rug should be kept away from exposure to direct sunlight.
  • For lending it a fluffier look, it needs to be shaken and brushed from time to time while drying.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. If we have patience and love for it, we take good care for its proper maintenance.