Cowhide Cleaning and Curling
Welcome to all cowhide and cow skin rug owners
Congratulations for making an excellent choice of versatile flooring solution. If your cowhide rug is good quality it will bring you enjoyment for many years to come. If the cowhide rug is cheap then you may experience some issues very quickly.
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Cowhide rug care instructionscowhide rug in your home's entrance way but it will show wear more quickly. We think they work better in a lounge, dining room or bedroom.
It's OK to fold your cowhide rug, but it will need some time to relax after it is unfolded. If your cow skin rug is good quality the creases will come out after a few days laying flat. A heavy weight like books can speed up this process. You can also steam iron the cow skin on the underside or hairy side to reduce creases more quickly.
Photograph to the right by Anil Dumasia from Image Central
The sun takes its toll on all furnishing fabrics. We recommend keeping the dyed and printed cow skins out of direct sunlight to avoid any possible fading. Natural cowhide rugs are fade resistant but everything fades given enough sun and enough time.
Cowhide and cow skin rug cleaning instructions
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Include your cowhide rug, cowhide furniture or cushions in your normal cleaning routine, simply vacuum with the vacuum head brush in the down position (for hard floors) or give cow skin rugs and cushions a shake outside to remove dust and small dry particles of dirt. Rotate your cow skin rug or move to a different location from time to time so that the rug wears evenly.
You can wipe the cowhide hair smoothly in the direction of the hair with a damp (but not wet) cloth with mild soap and water. Do not soak the cowhide or get it too wet. DO NOT wash in a washing machine or dry clean.
Brushing your cowhide rug with a hard plastic brush (like a scrubbing brush) helps to keep the hair soft and fluffy and helps to remove dust and dirt from under the hair.
For common spills like red wine, coffee, tea, juice, food, soup, urine and vomit - soak up liquid spills with a paper towel or sponge immediately. Remove solid matter with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then wipe the cowhide hair with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using mild non-alkaline soapy solution. You can wipe and rub the hair vigorously in any direction. Finally for animal accidents use a diluted 5% white vinegar and 95% water solution as the final rinse water, this balances the pH levels back to neutral and helps to eliminate unpleasant odours.
For oil based spills like fat, grease, lipstick, tar and chewing gum - Remove solid matter from the cow skin with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Then apply Eucalyptus oil directly to the affected area on a soft cloth or cotton wool pad by dabbing gently. Finally wipe with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using a mild soapy solution. You can wipe and rub the cowhide hair vigorously in any direction. We can not guarantee that this will remove your spill or stain, but it the best method of trying. This is done at your own risk.
Cowhide rugs do not like to be damp or wet for long periods, please avoid this. On a sunny day you can put your cowhide rug outside with the underside facing the sun to air out. Store cow skin rugs in a dry well ventilated place, preferably rolled around a cardboard tube core with a clean cotton sheet to protect from dust and dirt while in storage.
We recommend that white, cream, beige or other light coloured cowhides be sprayed with a light coating of colourless nubuck and suede water proof spray from a cobbler or shoe shop when they are new. If you clean the cowhide rug with soap and water you can re-spray the surface again for added protection.
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