With proper care and cleaning a quality sheepskin product can last a lifetime. General care of sheepskin items includes regular brushing of the wool to maintain the soft, fluffy appearance. Products should only ever be stored in breathable cloth bags. Avoid prolonged direct sunlight and any exposure to heated air or water. Certain cleaning agents described below are also to be avoided.
General Care Instructions: Regular brushing and shaking of a sheepskin rug will help to maintain and restore the natural soft appearance. Products can also benefit from vacuuming with a suction nozzle attachment only. Do not use a rotating vacuum head attachment.
Spot Cleaning by hand is recommended: Clean the affected area using moist soft cloth in circular motion, starting outside of the affected area and working into the centre. Use a dry cloth to apply pressure and remove excess moisture. Use warm water with a max temperature of 38°C/100°F. Use a recommended cleaning agent – refer to Cleaning Agent section.
Washing: Wash on the most Delicate setting using cool or warm water with a max temperature of 38°C/100°F. Use a recommended agent – refer to Cleaning Agent section. Soaking/submerging shearling pelts may harden the leather backing as this process removes lanolin and natural oils from the hide.
Cleaning Agents: We recommend the use of non ionic mild liquid detergents only, such as Eucalan™. Do not use products containing biological enzymes or bleach. Do not use non alkaline products and do not use fabric softeners.
Drying: Sheepskin rugs should be flat or line dried only. Do not tumble dry. Do not force dry. Do not dry in direct sunlight. The leather backing should be pulled back into original size and shape while damp prior to drying. We recommend brushing using a wire bristled carding (pet) brush once while the rug is damp and then again when completely dry. Please note that excessive heat will cause hardening of the leather and/or product shrinkage. Air movement while drying is recommended if possible.
Dry Cleaning: Our sheepskin rugs can be dry cleaned, although we do not usually recommend it as the process removes lanolin and natural oils from the pelt. For major stains or soiling we suggest seeking a professional dry cleaning service experienced with leather and shearling products.
Spot clean the shearling uppers with a damp cloth or use a suede brush to lightly rejuvenate the outermost leather. If natural odors develop, you can refresh your slippers by sprinkling baking soda on the inside of the slippers and letting it sit overnight, then vacuum the inside of the slippers in the morning. Another method to remove stronger odors from your sheepskin slippers is to place them in the freezer for 24 hours. And as always, avoid high heat sources such as heaters, blow dryers, and radiators.
Wool Mattress Covers are machine washable: use the most delicate cycle setting with cool/warm water and a soft liquid detergent. We suggest Canadian made Eucalan™ woolwash cleaner. Tumble dry with air only (no heat) and brush when dry to evenly lift the wool fibres. Regular brushing will also help to reduce matting and increase air flow and support.
Wool Filled Duvets are dry-clean only. Ask your local dry cleaner if they have experience with wool.
We cannot be held responsible for the outcomes of our products if they are not cared for as described here.
Comparable shearling and wool products are welcome to follow these care and maintenance guidelines, but consideration should be given to the product origin, age, and condition.