Sheepskin Washing Instructions
We recommend the following method to wash our sheepskin rugs:
- Machine or hand wash in cold or warm water (water not to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit). We recommend the use of Pure Castile, biodegradable camp soaps or Eucalan Wool wash: Do not use Woolite or laundry detergents such as Tide.
- You can spot shampoo areas of the sheepskin, and vacuum to get dirt out, so as not to get the entire sheepskin wet, because each washing will take away a bit of shine and luster.
- Line dry or dry flat and stretch to shape while damp. For best results, the sheepskin should be brushed with a wire brush when wet, when damp and then when dry. Do not tumble dry your sheepskin.
- Sheepskin may also be dry-cleaned using either white spirits, hydrocarbon or perchlorethylene.
- Severe heat will damage sheepskins resulting in shrinking and hardening of the pelts.
- Euclean Wool Wash can be purchased through us. Please call 1-888-751-1300 to place your order.
- As stated above, please only use detergents which are non-alkaline, non-iconic and do not contain biological enzymes. Bleach / enzymes degrade the tanned leather causing damage to the sheepskin.
- A vigorous shake will help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any fold marks from packaging will disappear once the skin has been removed from the package for several days. We do not guarantee the skins through washing, because some will not follow the instructions properly, but if you do follow the instructions you should not have a problem.
Should you wish to store your Sheepskin at any time, place it in a cool airy place avoiding direct sunlight. Packaging in plastic bags for an extended period of time is not recommended as the Sheepskin fibers will not breathe and condensation may occur in warm conditions.
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Sheepskin/Shearling Coat Cleaning Tips
Hi...well here is what I tell folks, you can have them dry cleaned, it cost about 70 bucks, I think, but it will take some of the luster and life out of the coats.
What I tell folks is if the coat is not real dirty, there are several things you can do yourself if you have an extra hour, we sell cleaning spray @$7.99 that from 10 inches is sprayed directly on to the exterior of the coat, then you spray some on to a regular white terry cloth like a hand towel and rub firmly!
For stubborn dirt you can get a 3 dollar firm brass wire bristle brush, and brush the dirt out, almost like sanding the coat, even taking a bit of the skin. Sometimes you can find them at a supermarket or a hard wear store. Don't get a real stiff one like you would clean your grill with, just one that is firm & won't tear up your coat. If you get a spot you rub out the color, or you want to hide a mark you can go to an art store and take your coat and match a pastel color stick, which is actual pigment, test it on paper to match color, then on an inside area of the coat, after you find a color match you can rub some pastel on the coat, then brush with the brass bristle brush...carefully of course.
If that is not to your liking, look in the yellow pages find a dry cleaner guy who advertises cleaning of sheepskin or shearling coats, (SAME THING). Then talk to them first ask them if they are experts and guarantee their work!
We don't do it here. Sorry.
To store your sheepskin coat, keep it at house temperature between 65 to 80 degrees, don't put it in the Attic where it gets too hot, or in the basement where it can get damp. If you like you can put an old white cotton shirt over it to keep dust out. Do not store it in plastic, it has to breath. You can put it in cold storage if you like, but it is not required.
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