Cleaning different types of rug requires different strategies and products. This article will describe how to clean a sheepskin rug, a shaggy rug, and a wool rug, so your floors at home can continue to look spotless and fresh, no matter what kind of rugs you have!
For all the options below, remember to defer to any product label when it comes to instructions for use, and to spot test a small, unnoticeable area of your rug before application.
How to Clean a Sheepskin Rug
If your rug has a care tag, always consult this first. Sheepskin rugs can be taken to the dry cleaners, but this can be expensive. In any case, nearly all natural (un-dyed) sheepskin rugs can be hand washed gently at home. Here’s a quick guide:
- Fill a bathtub or tub with cool or lukewarm water. Never use hot water, as it will cause your sheepskin rug to shrink.
- Add a specialist sheepskin and wool detergent. A standard wool detergent may cause damage, so make sure it is designed for sheepskin. The detergent must be non-alkaline, with no biological enzymes. Fabric softeners are a no-no, too. Read the directions on the label, and test any product in a small area before using.