What makes wool a great choice for rugs is the fact that it has a naturally a dirt repellent material. Wool's unique structure means it resists soiling and releases dirt easily. It is important however to take care of your sheepskin product to preserve the beauty and character of each piece. Your sheepskin rug will retain its good looks and last for years longer if you follow our recommended care routine
Dry vacuum regularlyAt least once a week and more often in heavy traffic areas. This will remove free soil particles and surface litter, and prevents soil becoming embedded in the pile, causing accelerated wear by grinding at the base of the tufts. We recommend the use of a plain suction-type vacuum cleaner as the revolving brush head attachments may reduce surface hairiness or cause frizzing. Beater bar and adjustable revolving brushes should only be used on the lightest settings. Promptly attend to spills and stains (see the Stain Cleaning Guide below).
Spills & StainsAny accidental spills and stains need to be dealt with immediately to avoid permanent damage. See the stain cleaning guide for advice on specific stains. Before using any stain treatment, make sure you have 'contained the stain' to stop it spreading further. Soiling More often than not, soiling occurs as the result of particles of dirt being walked into the rug from outside. Prevention is always better than cure, and door mats at entrance ways create a barrier to soiling.
Staining occurs from the chemical bonding of a pigment with the wool fiber. Once this bonding has taken place, removal can be extremely difficult without causing some damage to the wool pile. Promptly attending to spills and stains is critical.
Blot up liquids right away using a paper towel or clean cloth. In the event of any large area spills, we would recommend using a clean towel and plenty of pressure to absorb as much liquid as possible.
Scoop up solids trying not to push the substance further into the wool pile.
DO NOT rub wet wool pile... ever! This will damage the wool pile and can spread the stain further.
With liquid stains, we'd recommend the use of a Wet Stain Remover - but again before any stain treatment, you must firmly blot up the stain first before applying. If you don't have any of the Wet Stain Remover handy, then the next best thing would be to dilute the area with lukewarm (not hot) water and re-blot thoroughly using a clean dry towel, ensuring you do not rub the stain. You can continue to gently apply water and re-blot. The wool pile will not be damaged by water as long as you don't over-wet the wool, as this may cause water marks on the surface and may damage the backing.
Most oily or greasy stains can be removed, even after a period of time. However, certain stains may have a chemical reaction with the fiber and can cause irreversible damage.
Wet Stain Remover
Before applying any type of wet stain remover/treatment, use a clean dry towel to firmly blot up all excess liquid. It is important to soak up all the liquid you can into the towel as quickly as possible to ensure you use the least amount of stain remover and give the best results with out damaging your rug.
It is tempting when you are in a panic to throw water or other liquids directly onto a stain, however you will only further spread the stain and possibly damage the wool skin backing.
Treating Red Wine Stains
As with all wet stains, the first thing you should do is blot up all the excess wine prior to applying any stain removers. Once the excess wine is soaked up, you can begin to apply the stain remover. Red wine is one type of stain where a stain remover product can be used to some effect even after the stain has began to dry.
If you still notice some discoloration after the stain has dried, try a repeat application to pull more of the stain out of your wool skin. Continue to reapply and re-blot the area until no further color comes off onto the towel or cloth you are using. As the wool skin dries, the stain should lift further.
Note - The extent to which this happens is entirely dependent on the type of red wine and can vary greatly.
Dry Stain Remover
These are designed to work on most food, drink, oil and grease-based stains. They are also suitable for wool skin rugs! Is effective on almost any dry stain that has not caused a chemical reaction with the wool fibers.
Remember, rubbing a wet wool skin damages the wool fibers. A dry stain remover is designed to be lightly applied as a spray and the resulting powder vacuumed up using a fine nozzle. You should also check the manufacturer's advice for your specific brand of vacuum cleaner as some more modern vacuums can be sensitive to fine powder and lose their suction. Avoid using a vacuum head attachment with a revolving brush or comb as they can stretch the wool fibers.
In common with all textiles, your Fibre rug can be damaged from direct exposure to UV. Dark colors are the most vulnerable, but no rug is immune. To prevent UV damage & fading, areas exposed to direct sunlight should be avoided.
Indentations from Heavy Furniture
Place furniture cups under the legs of heavy furniture and regularly shift the furniture a few inches one way or another to give the pile a chance to recover. To revive flattened pile, you can use a warm steam iron over a towel laid on top of the rug. Hold the steam iron gently to the towel and use the steam button to inject steam - do not press the iron down on the towel as this could leave gloss marks on the rug underneath.
As with any type of floor covering however, your Fibre rug will need regular care to stay looking its best. To retain its good looks follow the recommended care routine.