Caring for your new sheepskin purchase
On receiving your package
We have packed your item with care, and we hope it has arrived in the same perfect condition we sent it. If it hasn't please contact us immediately and we will aim to sort it out as soon as is humanly possibly.
Your new item will more than likely be folded and in a polythene bag and may have been packed for some time so please unpack it as soon as you can.
Do not store it in direct sunlight, even when packaged.
New products will arrive with some loose fibres, simply give them a gentle shake outside. Creases and wrinkles caused by packaging will soon drop out.
Caring for Your Sheepskin Rug
As high-quality sheepskin rugs are an investment in your home, they ought to be treated as such so that they'll last for many years to come. Here at Jacobs & Dalton, we package them up with love and care so that they arrive with you in perfect condition. As we snugly tuck them away for safe delivery in polythene bags, it's important to unpack it and give it a good shake as soon as you can. The wool fibres can get flattened during shipping and some fibres may come loose, but once it's opened and had a chance to breathe, it will quickly return to its original fully fluffed look with no creases or wrinkles.
As wool is a natural fibre, it needs surprisingly little care - a regular shake and even a brush can keep sheepskin rugs looking like new. But there are a few things you can do to keep your sheepskin rug in tip-top condition:
- If the whole sheepskin requires cleaning, you can comfortably fit a single or double sheepskin rug into a larger British washing machine and wash on the coolest woollen setting with a dessertspoon of mild, non-bio, non-bleach washing detergent. Specialist sheepskin detergents are available online, or you can use a "wool-approved" detergent from a supermarket. Normal washing powder can make the skin brittle or might discolour the wool.
- Always use the coolest woollen setting and add a dessertspoon of mild, non-biological, non-bleach detergent.
- We recommend 'Wool approved' detergents which can be bought from most supermarkets or special sheepskin wash products can be purchased from online shops.
- Using normal washing powder will attack the skin making it brittle and discolouring the wool.
- The washing machine wool cycle will provide a gentle spin which is all the rug needs.
- Always remove from the machine promptly after the program has finished.
- The rug should be allowed to dry naturally, away from direct heat and sunlight.
- Flexing the sheepskin as it dries will help to maintain the suppleness.
- Give it a brush and it should look as good as new.
- In the case of unfortunate stains or spills on your rug, act quickly: shake off any dirt or dust outside or use a handheld vacuum cleaner or attachment to pick up any loose bits of debris, and use a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid spills.
- If need be, use a sponge or cloth dipped in a mixture of sheepskin detergent mixed with warm water to lightly dab at soiled areas then leave to dry.
- It's important not to scrub at the wool fibres while wet as these can easily be stretched or broken when wet.
- Sheepskins should always be left to dry naturally away from sunlight which can cause damage and discolouration to the wool fibres.
If you have any questions or concerns about the best way to care for your sheepskin rug, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts at Jacobs & Dalton who will be happy to advise you.
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Sheepskin Boot and slipper care
To keep boots from getting water stains we recommend a good water-resistant spray, suitable for sheepskin be applied before wearing.
To clean sheepskin boots and slippers by hand we recommend the following:
- Gently brush the surface to remove any dirt.
- Moisten the surface with a clean, damp sponge. Apply a small amount of specialist cleaner to a damp sponge and gently scrub.
- Remove any residue with the sponge.
- Use a dry sponge or cloth to soak up any excess water.
- Stuff with newspaper to keep their shape and leave to dry naturally for at least 24 hours, away from direct heat or sunlight.
- Once dry go over the surface lightly in one direction with a suede brush.
- Reapply the water-resistant spray and you are good to go.
Products can also be professionally cleaned at dry cleaners.