Sheepskins are cozy and comfortable, making them a popular choice for blankets, rugs, and clothing. However, if you don’t take care of your sheepskin properly, it can become dirty, matted, and even smelly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash a sheepskin to keep it looking and smelling great.
What You’ll Need
Before you begin, make sure you have the following supplies:• A large basin or bathtub• Mild detergent or sheepskin cleaner• Warm water• Soft-bristled brush• Towels• Air-drying rack
Step 1: Shake Out the Sheepskin
Start by shaking out the sheepskin to remove any loose dirt, dust, or debris. Hang the sheepskin up and use your hands to gently fluff and separate the fibers.
Step 2: Spot Clean Any Stains
If there are any stains or marks on the sheepskin, use a mild detergent or sheepskin cleaner to spot clean the affected area. Make sure you follow the instructions on the cleaner and test it on an inconspicuous area first.
Step 3: Fill the Basin with Warm Water
Fill a large basin or bathtub with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot, as this can damage the sheepskin.
Step 4: Add Detergent or Sheepskin Cleaner
Add a small amount of mild detergent or sheepskin cleaner to the water. Make sure the detergent is specially formulated for sheepskin, as regular detergent can damage the fibers.
Step 5: Gently Submerge the Sheepskin
Gently submerge the sheepskin in the water. Use your hands to agitate the water and distribute the detergent evenly.
Step 6: Let the Sheepskin Soak
Let the sheepskin soak in the water for 10-15 minutes. This will give the detergent time to penetrate and break down any dirt or oils.
Step 7: Drain the Water
Drain the soapy water and rinse the sheepskin thoroughly with warm water. Make sure you remove all the soap, as any leftover residue can attract dirt and bacteria.
Step 8: Gently Squeeze Out Excess Water
Gently squeeze out excess water from the sheepskin. Do not wring or twist the fibers, as this can damage them.
Step 9: Lay the Sheepskin Flat on a Towel
Lay the sheepskin flat on a towel and roll the towel up to absorb any remaining water. Repeat this process with a dry towel until the sheepskin is only slightly damp.
Step 10: Use a Soft-Bristled Brush to Fluff the Fibers
Use a soft-bristled brush to fluff the fibers of the sheepskin. This will help prevent matting and keep the sheepskin looking soft and fluffy.
Step 11: Air-Dry the Sheepskin
Place the sheepskin on an air-drying rack in a well-ventilated area. Do not expose the sheepskin to direct sunlight or heat, as this can damage the fibers.
Step 12: Brush the Sheepskin Again
Once the sheepskin is dry, use a soft-bristled brush to fluff the fibers again. This will help restore the sheepskin’s natural softness and texture.
How Often Should I Wash My Sheepskin?
The frequency with which you should wash your sheepskin depends on how often you use it and how dirty it gets. If you use your sheepskin regularly, it’s a good idea to wash it every 6-12 months. However, if it gets dirty or stained, you may need to wash it more often.
Can I Machine Wash My Sheepskin?
It’s generally not recommended to machine wash sheepskin, as the agitation and heat can damage the fibers. Hand washing is the safest and most effective way to clean a sheepskin.
What Should I Do If My Sheepskin Smells?
If your sheepskin has developed an unpleasant odor, you can sprinkle baking soda over the surface and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it off. You can also use a specialized sheepskin deodorizer to neutralize any odors.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your sheepskin looking and smelling great for years to come. Remember to use a mild detergent or sheepskin cleaner, avoid exposing the sheepskin to heat or direct sunlight, and always air-dry it on a rack. With a little bit of care, your sheepskin will provide you with comfort and warmth for many winters to come.