Uses for Sheepskin
Sheepskin is wonderfully soft and silky and also incredibly hardwearing. You can use it as a luxurious floor covering or a throw for furniture and beds. Sheepskin rugs are beautifully soft underfoot and add a touch of luxury to bedrooms, living rooms and any interior spaces. The tactile sensations provided by sheepskin rugs will be appreciated by all ages and this type of floor covering adds a warm and cosy element to your room. Sheepskin rugs look fantastic with wooden floors (both real wood and laminate) and create areas of softness to break up harder surfaces and create a more homely feel.
Shapes and Sizes
Sheepskin rugs are traditionally made from one hide. This means they have their own unique shape and no two rugs are the same. This creates a more unstructured, natural look to your home which can be very warm and inviting. You can get different size whole rugs and also if you want to cover a larger space sheepskin can be cut and sewn together to create different shapes and sizes.
Wool is incredibly hardwearing and will ‘bounce back’ even after heavy use. This makes short wool sheepskin rugs ideal for passageways which see heavy foot traffic as the natural flattening effect can be reversed with just a quick shake of the rug. Longer wool sheepskin rugs can become matted with heavy use but this can be repaired by using a steel comb to gently tease apart the fibres and bring the rug back to its original condition. A good quality sheepskin rug will last for years and unlike synthetic carpets will actually improve with age.
Caring For Sheepskin
Every now and again take the rug outside and give it a good shake to help restore the natural bounciness of the wool. You can also vacuum sheepskin rugs carefully and this will help remove any pet hairs or dirt. If the wool is matted you can use a steel comb to separate the fibres again.
Wool does resist staining but over time the rug will start to loose its brightness. Some sheepskin rugs will have been treated so that they can be cleaned in a conventional machine on a very low setting with a mild detergent that does not contain enzymes (check the manufacturers instructions first). You can also hand wash sheepskin rugs with warm water and mild detergent (without enzymes). You cannot wash sheepskin rugs in regular washing detergent as this will strip all the natural oils from the wool and ruin the appearance of the rug. Spread the rug out flat to dry naturally (do not tumble dry). For minor stains you should avoid using harsh spot cleaners and instead use some special sheepskin cleaner (or any mild non-enzyme detergent) and gentle rub the stain and rinse off with a little warm water.
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