Sheepskin care: tips and tricks

February 13, 2019
Cosy interior, care, Skyeskyns

So you have that beautiful sheepskin rug or fleece you’ve always wanted…how do you keep it looking good as new? Here are a few things we would recommend.

Brush it

Brushing your sheepskin cushion, fleece or rug with a metal comb or a slicker-type brush (similar to a pet brush) is probably the best thing you can do for it. It restores the pile, keeps it nice and fluffy, as well as getting rid of any surface dust and particles. Using a vacuum cleaner on sheepskin tends not to work as effectively and, for long wool, it can be rather tricky.

Do this regularly, once a week or every two weeks, to keep the fleece in good condition

Don’t brush it if…

It’s a nurse aid (or baby fleece) or a medical sheepskin. Those closer cropped fleeces should never be brushed!

Wash it

A lot of Skyeskyns fleeces are washable, although not all so please make sure you check the Skyeskyns stamp on the leather side of your sheepskin, as it will carry washing or dry clean instructions.

You can wash a fleece by hand or in the washing machine (on a wool cycle) at no more than 30 degrees Celsius (approx. 86 Fahrenheit). Nurse aid and medical sheepskins can be washed at higher temperatures, please follow their specific care instructions.

Before washing the fleece, give it a good brush to prepare it. You should only use a wool detergent (such as our Woolly Wash), and not a standard laundry detergent and/or conditioner, as they can clump and clog up the wool.

Once washed, dry the fleece out naturally, keeping it away from any source of direct or artificial heat, particularly on the leather side. Outside on a windy day is perfect. You might want to give the leather a good shake out whilst it is still slightly damp so it stays supple. Once dry, give the wool another thorough brush.

Our care packs include all you need to take care of washable fleeces

Do not wash if….

It calls for dry clean only (again please see our stamp on the back) or if it’s a cushion, slipper, gloves or similar items. Washing relaxes the leather around the seams and they can come apart.

The notable exception are our large fleeces (double, triple, quads etc) and mosaic rugs, which can be washed. Given their sizes, these latter rugs and throws cannot be put into a standard washing machine. You can use a commercial launderette or laundry service but do make sure they understand the washing instructions and will wash them separately. You may also want to look at our refurbishment service for the ultimate pamper for your large rug or fleece.

For dry clean only products, including our sheepskin coats, hats and gilets, talk to a reputable dry cleaner, who will have experience of leather and fleeces. Some specialist cleaners are also available.

Spot cleaning and freshening up your fleece

We often get asked about how to refresh a sheepskin apart from brushing or airing it outside. We have a new product just about to hit the shelves which should prove ideal for a quick freshen-up or to spot clean

a small stain without doing a full wash. Woolly Fresh is a milder version of our woolly wash : it can be sprayed onto most wool. For a spot clean, use a damp cloth to work it in; for a refresh, brush the wool after spraying.

Please make sure not to overspray. This is particularly important for dry-clean-only rugs as liquid could seep into the leather and damage or stain it.

We hope this helps. Please do get in touch if you have any issues or queries we haven’t covered. Happy maintenance!