How to Clean Wool Sheepskin Rugs – A Woolstar Guide

How to Clean Wool Sheepskin Rugs – A Woolstar Guide

12th Jan 2024

Woolstar's Australian sheepskin rugs are not only a luxurious addition to your home but also a testament to our commitment to quality and sustainability. To ensure these elegant pieces retain their beauty and longevity, proper care and cleaning are essential. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to clean your wool sheepskin rug, ensuring it remains a cherished part of your home decor for years to come.

Regular Maintenance: Shake and Brush

  • Shake It Out: To keep your Woolstar sheepskin rug in top condition, it's essential to remove dust and loose dirt regularly. Take your rug outside every few weeks and give it a vigorous shake. This simple action helps dislodge dirt and dust particles that can get trapped in the fibres, maintaining the rug's freshness and reducing the need for more intensive cleaning.
  • Brush Regularly: Using a soft-bristled brush or a specialised wool comb, gently brush your rug in the direction of the wool fibres. This routine care not only helps to detangle the fibres but also revitalises the natural loft and fluffiness of the wool. Regular brushing ensures your sheepskin rug maintains its luxurious and inviting appearance.

Spot Cleaning: Immediate Action

  • Blot Spills: Accidents happen, and when they do, it's crucial to act fast. If you spill something on your sheepskin rug, immediately blot the area with a clean, dry cloth. Press down gently to absorb as much of the liquid as possible, being careful not to rub the spill into the fibres.
  • Gentle Cleaning Solution: For tougher stains, create a mild cleaning solution by mixing a small amount of wool detergent with water. Apply this solution directly to the stained area, and then gently blot. This method helps to break down the stain without damaging the delicate wool fibres.

Dealing with Odours: Natural Solutions

  • Baking Soda: Woolstar rugs are naturally resistant to odours, but if you need to freshen yours up, baking soda is an excellent natural solution. Generously sprinkle baking soda over the rug, let it sit for a few hours or overnight, and then shake it off. Finish by brushing the rug to restore its natural texture.

Deep Cleaning: Do It Right

  • Avoid Washing Machines: To deep clean your sheepskin rug, avoid using a washing machine as it can damage the wool fibres and backing. Instead, hand wash the rug in a tub with lukewarm water and a small amount of mild wool detergent. Gently agitate the water and let the rug soak for a short period.
  • Air Dry: After washing, remove excess water by gently squeezing the rug - never wring it out. Lay the rug flat or hang it to dry naturally, away from direct heat sources or sunlight, as these can cause shrinking or fading. The rug should be completely dry before use.

Storing Your Rug: Keep It Safe

  • Clean Before Storing: Before storing your Woolstar sheepskin rug for an extended period, ensure it is clean and completely dry. This prevents mould, mildew, and insect damage.
  • Breathable Storage: Store the rug in a breathable fabric bag – never plastic – in a cool, dry place. This protects the rug from dust, moisture, and pests, keeping it in pristine condition for when you next use it.

Professional Cleaning: For Best Results

  • For larger or heavily soiled Woolstar rugs, consider professional cleaning. Professional cleaners have the expertise and equipment to deep clean your rug without damaging it, ensuring it remains a luxurious and cherished part of your home.

Maintaining the beauty and integrity of your Woolstar Australia sheepskin rug is an investment in both luxury and longevity. By following these simple yet effective cleaning and care tips, you ensure that your rug continues to enhance your living space with its natural elegance and comfort. Remember, a well-cared-for sheepskin rug is more than just a home accessory; it's a reflection of your commitment to quality and sustainable living. Trust in Woolstar's expertise to keep your wool sheepskin rugs looking and feeling as luxurious as the day you brought them into your home. Embrace the beauty of wool, and let Woolstar be your guide in preserving its splendour for years to come.