When washing sheepskin there are a few main factors to be aware of. Incorrect washing can cause the sheepskin to de-tan and if this happens they will have to be thrown out. To avoid this please follow these strict instructions.
Only use a small amount of an approved Neutral or Mild Sheepskin Wash. If unavailable, then just use water.
Do not use any Bleach, Detergents or Enzyme Washing Products!
Only use cold water.
Avoid Direct Heat when drying, dry outside in the shade or inside away from heaters, radiators or fires. Using a clothes rack to lay the sheepskin flat is a good way to dry a skin.
Do not let the sheepskin dry out too fast, it is best to leave a small amount of moisture in the skin.
After the sheepskin is dry, brush with a pet brush to restore pile and finish with a solid shake.
How to properly clean your wool mattress
Regular wool bedding care is important in order to keep your sleeping surface fresh and to increase its longevity. While some of our products can be washed like normal, please carefully read our advice below before you begin cleaning your wool mattress and sheepskin underlay.
General Wool Bedding Care Tips
1. Allow your bedding to breathe daily
The easiest way to care for your natural fiber bedding is by leaving your bed unmade every morning. Yes, you read that right – we’re telling you to unmake your bed! In order to let the most active areas of your bedding breathe, pull back the comforter and blankets for at least an hour or two after you wake up.
While you were sleeping, your wool bedding actively wicked away moisture from your skin throughout the night in order to keep you in a comfortable temperature zone. Giving your bedding a daily chance to air out allows it to release that moisture and stay fresh longer.
2. Rotate and fold mattress topper down monthly
Once per month (or whenever you change your sheets), pull your mattress topper down over the foot of your bed. This will allow the middle of your bed to air out and release moisture. This is also a great time to rotate and flip your mattress topper in order to create even compression.
3. Sun and air seasonally
At the start or end of each season, remove all of your wool bedding (other than the mattress, which only needs to be sunned once per year) and place them out in the sun on a clear day. Natural sunlight will deodorize, bleach, disinfect and revitalize your bedding. You can hang the bedding over railings or furniture, hang them out the window, or lay them on a blanket in the yard. If you’re unable to bring your bedding outside, you can place the items near a fireplace, stove or other source of dry heat.
If you live in a particularly humid climate, you can take additional steps to keep your wool bedding clean:
Use a dehumidifier
Sun and air bedding more frequently
Fold all bedding over to allow additional air to reach the bottom of the mattress
Use a space-heater as a stand-in for sun
Vacuum your mattress to pull air through the fibers