How to Clean your Cowhide Rug

How to Clean your Cowhide Rug

How to Clean your Cowhide Rug

Cowhide rugs are exceptionally beautiful, and they aren't difficult to take care of.  Everyone seems to worry about cleaning their cowhide rug, but it's really not that difficult.  Always vacuum your rug when you are vacuuming the rest of your home.  Make sure the brushes aren't spinning and vacuum in the direction that the hair goes naturally.  It's probably the easiest to use the attachments so that you can make sure that you are going in the direction of the hair.  

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It's always a great idea to take the rug outside and shake off any dirt or dust.  It breaks up the dirt or dust that has burrowed down into the rug, and makes your rug last longer.

Since your cowhide rug is placed on the floor, it is always a good idea to rotate it from time to time.  It will be subjected to gradual wear and tear over time if it is in a traffic area . It could wear unevenly if you decide not to rotate. This can cause your rug to look more worn out than it should be. Just remember to change the direction of the rug to keep any wear and tear away.

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Do not get your cowhide rug wet. Although you may use a slight amount of water to steam clean the cowhide rug, you should never get it wet. If your cowhide rug is ever soaked in water, it may be severely damaged. Always keep exposure to water at a minimum when cleaning your cowhide rug to help keep it in great condition.

  • Sun or air dry your rug if it does get soaked in water.
  • Never put your cowhide rug into a dryer.

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Clean up spills quickly. If you have just spilled something on your cowhide rug, clean it up, fast. Leaving any liquid to soak into the rug will result in stains that will be more difficult to remove. Do the following steps as soon as you notice a spill on your cowhide rug to help reduce the staining: 

  • Soak the spill up with a towel or sponge. Don t wipe the spill away, as this will only spread it.
  • Try to use only a dabbing motion while absorbing the spill.

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Scrape away dried substance. You may find that some areas of the spill have dried and left a solid substance. These can be scraped away with the blunt edge of a knife. Use the knife's blunt edge to gently break up and remove any areas of dried material until only the stain is left.

  • Scrape with the direction of the hair.
  • Do not use the sharp edge of the knife.
  • You might also try using a hard bristled brush or spoon.
  • Don't scrape or press too hard. Apply only enough pressure to remove the dried substance.

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Use shampoo and water to remove liquid stains. If there is a small stain on your cowhide rug from a spill, you can try using shampoo and water to remove it. The water and mild soapy solution will help to break up the stain and restore your cowhide.

  • Use a damp cloth or sponge to apply the soapy water to the cowhide rug.
  • You can scrub and rub in any direction.
  • Make sure the sponge or towel isn't soaking wet.
  • Don't use any alkaline soaps or shampoos.

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Finish cleaning the cowhide rug. After you've scrubbed the rug, you will want to remove any soapy residue from it. Take a new cloth and dampen it with only water. Use this damp cloth to gently wipe away any soap or remaining stain. Allow your rug time to dry before placing it back in your room.

  • If the stain is still there, you can try cleaning the rug again to remove what's left.
  • If you can't seem to remove the stain yourself, you may need to have it professionally cleaned.

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