Sheepskin Washing Instructions

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Sheepskin is soft and luxurious in slippers, throws and car seat covers. Whatever uses you have for sheepskin, you'll need to clean it periodically. Cleaning new products at home can be intimidating, but it can be done either by hand or machine if you proceed carefully and avoid exposing the material to heat. Sheepskin can also be dry-cleaned. Once your sheepskin has been cleaned and dried, use the after-care instructions to keep it looking good between washings.

Hand Washing

You'll probably want to hand wash your sheepskin the first time you clean it. You'll need a mild shampoo suitable for cleaning sheepskin and a washcloth or soft scrub brush. Fill a bathtub or large sink basin with cool to cold water and add the shampoo while the sink is filling. Immerse the sheepskin in the water. Use your cloth or brush to scrub the sheepskin. Drain the sink when you're finished and rinse the sheepskin thoroughly, squeezing to get the soap out. When no more soap bubbles appear, you can finish rinsing. Squeeze out the sheepskin in a towel and hang to dry.

Machine Washing

Sheepskin can actually be cleaned in a washing machine, provided you are careful not to expose the sheepskin to any heat. You'll also need to dry it naturally, so avoid machine washing during wintertime unless you have enough space to air dry it inside. To wash your sheepskin in a machine, you'll need a mild shampoo suitable for sheepskin products and a steel pet brush.

Place your sheepskin in the machine and make sure the water is on cold. Run the washing machine on delicate cycle using only cold water and 2 oz. of shampoo. Place the sheepskin in the dryer on air fluff to remove some of the water, but using a heat setting will destroy the product.

Do not use laundry detergent.

After Care

To dry your sheepskin after a hand or machine wash, place it fleece side down on a hanging rack or flat surface. If you're placing it outside, do not put it in direct sunlight. After a few hours of drying, comb the fleece with the pet comb to fluff it out. When the fleece is completely dry, comb over it again until all the particles are laying nicely. Don't use the sheepskin while it's still slightly wet.

To care for your sheepskin between washings, use cold water and light shampoo to spot-clean soiled spots. Vacuum the sheepskin to remove debris. Brush the sheepskin occasionally with the pet brush to keep it looking neat.