The leather side of the sheepskin is easily damaged by incorrect washing. The main points to note are:
1. Only use a mild detergent which is enzyme-free with no bleaches. Note many wool wash products contain enzymes which can damage the leather. Our Woolskin Wool Wash/Sheepskin Shampoo however is ideal. As an alternative, you can use a mild hand dish washing liquid for washing smaller items by hand.
2. Only wash in cold or lukewarm water (up to 40 C/108 F).
3. For rugs gently stretch to shape whilst still damp.
4. Hang out to dry away from direct sunlight.
5. For long wool products brush when dry.
See below for details of caring for particular types of sheepskin products.
As the soft suede finish of twinface sheepskin products such as slippers, boots and mittens is easily stained, we highly recommend our Sheepskin Protector & Water Repellent before use and after cleaning.
Prevent excessive soiling. Light stains can be removed using a damp cloth.
Spot cleaning: Apply a light, even coat of our Sheepskin Shampoo to the area to be treated. Using a damp white or dye-fast cloth wipe over gently removing soiling. Continue to wipe the surface until all the shampoo is removed. Pat dry with a dry white or dye-fast cloth. Allow to fully dry slowly away from direct heat sources.
Washing: Hand wash in cool or lukewarm water ideally using our Woolskin Wool Wash. This shampoo has been formulated especially for sheepskin products and doesn't contain chemicals found in regular detergents that may harm the sheepskin leather & wool.
Wash separately from other items as bleeding of color is possible. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Do NOT put sheepskin footwear or mittens in the washing machine. After washing, remove excess water using paper towels, and if required reshape by stuffing with dry paper towels. Allow to dry naturally and slowly. Do NOT dry in sunlight or direct heat.
Due to the natural lanolin in the wool, genuine sheepskin tends to be self-cleaning. Daily airing will keep your Infant Care or Medical Sheepskin fresh and help maintain its self-cleaning properties.
Small slightly soiled areas can be sponged off.
Hand or machine wash once a month ideally using our Woolskin Sheepskin Washing Liquid. This has been formulated for lambskins/sheepskins, especially infant care and medical sheepskin. It doesn't contain chemicals found in regular detergents that may harm the sheepskin leather & wool. Do not use soap or washing detergents containing enzymes or bleach. Use warm water (max 40 C / 108 F).
Tumble dry on cool setting (not warm or hot). Do not bleach or iron. If not machine drying, hang to dry or dry flat. Do not dry in direct sunlight, or near a heat source. Full care instructions are attached to each skin.
Your lambskin rug may have been tightly packaged for its journey to you so the wool may appear flattened. Wool fibres are very resilient and will bounce back to their original springy appearance. A vigorous shake will help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any fold marks from packaging will disappear once the skin has been removed from the package for several days.
Note that natural white color sheepskins can yellow with age, this can't be reversed.
Spot cleaning: For particularly large rugs that can't easily be washed at home, you can spot clean as follows:
Dilute the Sheepskin Shampoo concentrate into a spray bottle 10ml per 200ml (6 3/4 fl. oz) water using the shampoo bottle's measuring chamber.
1. Hold the pump spray about 250mm (10in.) from the rug and spray the soiled area. For large areas do a section at a time. Do not over-wet.
2. Using a damp foam sponge or white cloth, whisk the fibers causing a foam to occur.
3. Rinse out the sponge and wipe over the treated area removing the residual foam. Repeat if necessary.
4. Wipe over the surface with a towel to remove excess moisture.
5. Allow to dry thoroughly and brush to restore fluffiness.
Washing: Machine or hand wash your longwool sheepskin rug in warm water (40 C/108 F) ideally using our Woolskin Sheepskin Wash/Shampoo. This has been specially formulated for sheepskin and doesn't contain chemicals which could harm the sheep skin. Do not use soap or washing detergents containing enzymes or bleach. After rinsing thoroughly, spin to remove excess water.
Drying: Dry flat or on a line and gently stretch to shape while damp. Keep away from direct sunlight and artificial heat (as these may damage your sheepskin). Do not tumble dry or iron.
Brushing: After washing, the wool of long wool sheepskins may revert back to its natural curly state. You can help restore the fluffy appearance by brushing the wool while it is wet and again when it is dry. Our Bowron Care Brush is ideal.
Due to the natural lanolin in the wool, genuine sheepskin tends to be self-cleaning. Daily airing will keep the sheepskin fresh and help maintain its self-cleaning properties. Small lightly soiled areas can be sponged off and towel dried where necessary. Note the Bowron sheepskin underlays we used to sell are dry clean only, however the Classic Sheepskins underlay we now sell is fully washable.
Washing: Machine or hand wash in warm water (40 C/108 F) ideally using our Woolskin Sheepskin Wash/Shampoo. Do not use soap or washing detergents containing enzymes or bleach. Spin to remove excess water.
Drying: Dry flat ideally over several lines for support and gently stretch to shape while damp. Keep away from direct sunlight and artificial heat (as these may damage your sheepskin). Do not tumble dry or iron.
Our lambskin gloves with the suede finish are supplied pre-treated with ScotchGard Leather Protector making them showerproof. However their resistance to water and staining can be improved significantly by applying two light coats of our Sheepskin Protector when new or after washing. Our Black Nappa gloves don't need any further protection as they have a semi-gloss finish.
Prevent excessive soiling. Light stains can be removed using a damp cloth. To provide the best care for your gloves, the manufacturer of our Hazletts gloves recommends dry cleaning with a specialist drycleaner.
For our Four Peaks New Zealand sheepskin gloves:
1. Gently hand wash in lukewarm water and a mild detergent such as our Sheepskin Shampoo.
2. Avoid stretching the thin leather.
3. Rinse thoroughly.
4. Squeeze excess water out gently and dry slowly away from direct heat.
During the drying process place the gloves on hands once or twice to help retain shape.
Or alternatively dry clean with a specialist drycleaner.