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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 13th Sep 17, 4:47 PM
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    Sheepskin rug
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    • 13th Sep 17, 4:47 PM
    Sheepskin rug 13th Sep 17 at 4:47 PM
    I have had the rug for a few years and think it needs cleaning. There's an Internet site that says it can be hand washed. Other sites recommend dry cleaning.

    Anyone have any experience of cleaning a sheepskin rug? Is it really ok to Wash? And if it needs dry cleaning, does it need a specialist cleaner rather than the usual high street shop?
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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 13th Sep 17, 7:51 PM
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    Sorry - I can't offer much practical advice, but didn't want to just read 'n' run.

    If it's genuine sheepskin then avoid a high-street dry-cleaners. There are plenty of places near me that will clean sheepskins - not that it's likely to be of much help for you ! But really, you do need someone that knows what they're doing. Dry-cleaning will strip the natural oils from the wool. It does really need hand-washing - but I'd be very wary of some random internet site. Any neighbours who can offer recommendations ?

    If all else fails, you could try doing it yourself - tepid water, good old-fashioned soap flakes, hand wash in a bowl. But you always run the risk of stripping the natural oils from the skin and the fleece. Depends on the value of the rug, I guess, as to whether you want to give it a go ?

    <edit> Another thought occurred to me - do you have any "horsey" places nearby - riding schools or stables or suchlike ? They often have sheepskin bits they need to clean - they may be able to clean it, or point you in the right direction ? Just a thought.
    Last edited by Ebe Scrooge; 13-09-2017 at 8:11 PM.
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    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 13th Sep 17, 11:53 PM
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    I have a sheepskin rug that specifically says dry clean only. It's quite a few years old, and was looking very flat and tired, but I didn't want to pay to dry clean it.

    So I hand washed it in the bath, using a gentle detergent. Massive amounts of dye came out in the process, and it took a lot if rinsing.

    It's now a lot more fluffy than it was. But there's a crease that's reluctant to come out, from where I hung it up to dry.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 14th Sep 17, 7:09 AM
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    Throw it in the washing machine on a wool wash if it's really dirty with wool wash or baby shampoo add a little glycerin to the water to keep the hide supple. Brush out when wet and dry flat and brush while drying. Its skin just treat it gentle like your own and it will be fine.
    • IM
    • By IM 14th Sep 17, 2:23 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 2:23 PM
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    • 14th Sep 17, 2:23 PM
    We bought a large sheepskin on honeymoon. After years of abuse, I've decided it deserves a treat, so it's back where kit came from for a refurbishment...

    Not cheap, but just too big to attempt in the washing machine/bath - and too sentimentally valuable to risk with just anyone.

    Will report back when it's done.
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