CARE AND CLEANING OF
YOUR COW HIDE RUGS
With a little bit of regular care and a little bit more
commonsense, cow hides can look great for decades. To best care for your cow
hide, follow these steps:
• Vacuum regularly just as you would your carpet to
keep your rug clean and free from dust, dirt
and other foreign particles,
Brushing with a stiff bristled brush or broom
will help to remove dirt and foreign particles trapped in the hair,
• Spot Clean by wiping the cow hide in the
direction of the hair with a damp (not wet) cloth with mild soap and water,
• Rotating your rug or move to a different
location occasionally will help with even wearing,
• Air regular by hanging over several lines of the
clothes line on a sunny day will help with freshness.
For common spills like food, tea and coffee, wine etc – soak
up spills immediately with paper towels. Remove solid matter with the blunt
edge of a dinner knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair then
wipe over with a damp cloth using mild soap and warm water.
For oil based spills like fat, grease, lipstick, chewing gum
etc – this is more difficult to treat so take care and avoid these spills.
First, remove solid matter with the blunt edge of a dinner knife by scraping
gently in the direction of the hair then dab eucalyptus oil directly unto the
affected area using a soft cloth. Finally wipe over with a damp cloth and mild
soapy warm water.
NB. Do not soak cow hides or get too wet. Do not wash
in a washing machine or dry clean.