How To Care For Your Cowhide, Reindeer Skin or Sheepskin
Your new cowhide piece will give your home many years of beauty and exceptional durability all with minimal care!
It’s OK to fold your cowhide rug, but it will need some time to relax after it is unfolded.
Creases will come out after a few days laying flat.
A heavy weight like books can speed up this process.
Cowhide rugs don’t tend to move much on carpet or wooden floors, the textured leather underside has natural grip to keep the rug in place.
However velcro dots (the teeth grip kind) around the edge help stop your cowhide rug from being kicked up at the edges, a non-slip rug underlay can also be used (on hard floors I.e. wood and concrete).
Include your cowhide rug, furniture or cushions in your normal cleaning routine, simply vacuum or give rugs and cushions a shake outside to remove dust and small dry particles of dirt.
Rotate your rug or move to a different location from time to time so that it wears evenly.
You can wipe cowhides smoothly in the direction of the hair with a damp (but not wet) cloth with mild soap (non alkaline like shampoo) and water.
Do not soak the hide or get it too wet.
**DO NOT wash in a washing machine or dry clean**
For common spills like wine, coffee, tea, juice, food, soup – soak up spills with a paper towel or sponge immediately. Remove solid matter with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then wipe with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using mild soapy solution.
You can wipe and rub the hair vigorously in any direction. Finally clean with a damp cloth using a diluted 5% white vinegar and 95% water solution, this balances the PH levels and helps to eliminate unpleasant odours.
Reindeer hides should not be placed near extreme heat, in front of a fire, in conservatories, near a radiator or on a floor with under floor heating. Please avoid stepping, sitting or walking on the hide to prevent shredding. Do not allow animals to lie on your hide - they love to dig out the hair.
Place the hide on a suitable surface and use a standard vacuum cleaner but choose the lowest power setting. Vacuum from head to feet - gentle cleaning should be done around once a year.