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How to clean a sheepskin?

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Dachshund Mon 21-Mar-16 11:06:15

Hi all,

My lovely DM recently gave me a sheepskin for my 4mo DD and she loves it! She sleeps on it and lies on it to play - consequently there's a now a fair bit of spit up and drool on it.

Now I've found that my sneaky little longhaired dachshund and got into her nursery and had a lovely nap on it - so it's also covered in black dog hair and mud from his paws.

I've had a look online at how to clean them - is there a good alternative to dry cleaning?

Thanks in advance

whatevva Mon 21-Mar-16 13:18:33

We have some lambskin rugs and the instructions just said to put them in the washing machine.

I have done that, (on the wool cycle grin )but it does not get all the fluffy stuff out. At least it is clean fluff. I would give them a vigorous shake outside first.

teenytinyshells Thu 24-Mar-16 13:47:13

Can you pin it on the washing line and give it a good beating? Wool has mystical self cleaning properties and often the dirt just brushes off.

TheChocolateDidIt Tue 29-Mar-16 12:22:27

They come up well being brushed with a dog mat brush.

magicstar1 Tue 29-Mar-16 12:33:58

I just had to clean one, so I sprinkled bicarbonate of soda all over, and left it for a day or so. Then I hung it on the washing line and beat it for ages, til all the bicarb was gone. A quick brush and it's like new.

Deux Tue 29-Mar-16 13:19:45

i have a few and wash them in the machine on the wool cycle with wool wash.

I do have to brush/comb one of them after which is a PITA. You can get a special comb for this task.

Try hoovering it first on a gentle setting to get rid of the gunk if it is short haired, otherwise shake vigorously outside.

Chocolatteaddict1 Tue 29-Mar-16 13:21:39

I killed my first one by death by hot wash. The second o put on a wool wash and it still shrank a bit :-(

SquidgeyMidgey Wed 30-Mar-16 05:50:56

I pit mine in the washing machine, too. They go crinkly and matted so I brush them with a small Denman which is hard going but brings them up like new.

Dachshund Thu 31-Mar-16 23:59:25

Thanks all, I think I will try the hand wash setting on the machine and get a brush on it

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