Wash A Sheepskin Rug

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Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209838 Keaniebean
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:12 pm

Just that really, my mum has given me a really old and really grimy sheepskin rug she has had sitting in the loft for 30 years. It would be a shame to throw it away, but it needs a good wash.

Any tips on how to go about it, I've got no idea. :dontknow: :dontknow:
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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209863 MuddyWitch
Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:19 pm

I took a chance & stuck ours in the washing machine on a 'delicates' load. I just used a tiny amount of washing soda. It is still a bit grubby, but it seems to have survived.

My biggest tip to you is to dry it outside...it WILL smell like a wet sheep! Try to dry it flat, ie over a frame of some sort, rather than just over the line. (You'll be surprized just how heavy it will be when wet.) I used a mini greenhouse frame laid on it's side.

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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209865 Nojoke Matt
Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:27 pm

Yeah I stuffed one of mine in the washing machine on a low temp rinse. Came out ok,not as fluffy as new but got most of the camping muck off.

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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209870 Green Aura
Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:33 pm

You could try dry shampooing it first if it's not too stained - rub in a mix of bicarb and cornflour. Leave it for a while then vacuum it out. Add essential oils to the dry mix if you want.
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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209915 theabsinthefairy
Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:56 am

you can wash them on a cold wash in the machine as stated above, but a dry shampoo is better, then brush it with an animal brush - the ones with lots of little metal pins, that gets lots of the dirty knots out, pulls the fleece out so it goes all fluffy again and gets loads of bits of debris out of the fleece itself.
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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209928 spider8
Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:05 pm

Wow Nojoke Matt, you're posh having sheepskin rugs when you're camping :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209930 Nojoke Matt
Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:27 pm

Nah, I wouldn't say posh. Just likes me comforts!

The sheepskin was bought at a boot fair for a couple of quid and I find them more comfy and warm to sleep on.

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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #209932 spider8
Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:37 pm

Good point. Those inflatable beds don't usually stay inflated all night long (no, not due to obscene bouncing :oops: ). I'll look out for them at boot sales myself, now I know how to wash them and get them all fluffy again.
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Re: Wash A Sheepskin Rug

Post: #210076 Keaniebean
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:34 am

Thanks for all the replies, I had a go at the washing machine and it seems to come out really quite nice, so cheers all. :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright:
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