10 Tips on Cleaning Your Sheepskin Rugs

10 Tips on Cleaning Your Sheepskin Rugs

Sheepskin rugs are a great addition to any home, especially in colder climates. They add a cosy look and feel, while keeping your feet warm in the process. But the maintenance of sheepskin rugs can sometimes be a bit tricky. Keeping them clean and fresh is not always an easy task. Wrong cleaning methods can even lead to damaging your beautiful new piece from Hide Rugs. So, it’s important that you know how to keep your sheepskin rug clean and actively use this knowledge to take good care of it if you want it to last for many years to come. Here are some tips on cleaning your sheepskin rug that will help extend its life and keep it looking great.

Rotate and shake

Before you begin cleaning your rug, it’s a good idea to rotate it and shake it out. This will help remove any loose dirt and dust that might have settled on the surface of the rug from daily use. It will also help redistribute the oils from the sheepskin that have collected in the fibres of the rug, keeping it looking healthy and clean. This is especially important if you have children and/or pets that tend to track in more dirt than the average person. By rotating and shaking your rug regularly, you will be able to get rid of more dirt and debris before it has a chance to build up and stain your rug.

Dry cleaning only

This is the most recommended way to clean a sheepskin rug. Our sheepskin rugs are made from real sheepskin, which is not meant to be put into a washing machine. The washing machine will strip away all the oils and nutrients in the sheepskin, leaving it brittle and dry. By dry cleaning a rug, you will be able to remove any dirt, dust, and debris, while still keeping the oils in the skin intact. You can choose to do this either at home, or by hiring a professional. But make sure to check with any cleaning company how they intend to clean your Sheepskin items, as some cleaning companies might only be able to do wet cleaning, which can damage your rug.

Spot cleaning

If there is just a small area of your rug that has been stained, you can try spot cleaning it. For example, if a wine glass has been left on your rug and has left behind a red stain, you can try using an oxygen bleach cleaner to remove it. You can also try using a mild detergent, water, and a clean cloth to remove stains. The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to remove stains from your rug is to not scrub too hard. Scrubbing too hard will cause the fibres of your rug to fray and become weaker.

Professional cleaning

If your rug is really dirty or has a stain that won’t go away, you might want to consider getting it professionally cleaned. First, you will want to take note of the type of sheepskin rug you have, as certain rugs will require a different cleaning process than others. You don’t want to just pick any old cleaning company though. It’s important that you find a company that has experience cleaning and caring for sheepskin rugs. A professional cleaning company will be able to clean your rug without damaging it, while also maintaining its natural oils.

Don’t use too much detergent

While cleaning your rug, it’s important not to use too much detergent. If you use too much detergent, it will build up in the fibres of your rug and could end up causing it to become weaker and discoloured over time. A good rule of thumb is to use about a tablespoon of mild detergent per five litres of water when cleaning your rug. If your rug is particularly dirty, you might want to use a little bit more. But if the rug is just lightly dirty, you don’t want to risk over-saturating it with detergent and damaging the skin.

Vacuum Constantly

Again, if you have children or pets, you will likely have to clean your rug more than an average person. And one of the best ways to keep your rug clean and fresh is to vacuum it often. This will help get rid of any dust, pet hair, and other small particles that have built up on the surface of the rug. It will also help keep the oils in the skin of your rug from being distributed too far and too thin.


A quality sheepskin rug can be a great addition to any home during the colder months. However, keeping it clean can be tricky. It’s important to know how to clean your rug properly so that it lasts for many years to come. There are a few different ways to clean your sheepskin rug. You can either dry clean it, spot clean it, or get it professionally cleaned. It’s also important to remember to vacuum your rug often. This will help to keep it clean and fresh between deep cleanings. 

Now that you know how to clean your sheepskin rug, you can easily keep it clean and fresh no matter how often you use it. Having a clean rug will not only keep it from looking dirty and dingy, but it will also extend the life of your stunning new rug.