Genuine sheepskin is a highly durable material that can lasts years when cared for properly. To care for your sheepskin rug, regularly shake it outside and brush the wool fibers. Real sheepskin fur has a natural lanolin barrier that protects it from dirt, so it usually does not need to be washed. However, accidents do happen. Here's how to wash natural sheepskin pelts:
- Give the sheepskin a good shake to loosen any debris.
- Fill a bathtub with 2-3 inches of lukewarm water.
- Add in some mild laundry detergent, preferably one that is formulated especially for wool material. Agitate the water to mix the detergent evenly throughout.
- Place the sheepskin into the water and gently swish it around to ensure that all of the fur gets immersed. Gently brush the fibers with your fingers to loosen the dirt and help the stains come off. Do not wring the sheepskin, as this could stretch the leather and damage the shape. The stains should come off really easily, so do not leave the fur in the water for longer than needed.
- Rinse with clean, cold water.
- Place the sheepskin on a flat surface, lined with a towel to help absorb the water.
- While the sheepskin is still wet, gently comb it through to untangle the fur. If your rug is of the curly fur variety, you'll notice the fur getting back its texture.
- Let airdry in room temperature.
And that's it! When fully dried, your sheepskin will look as good as new.