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 Sheepskin Products Care & Washing Instructions

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Washing Sheepskin - Important Points to Note
The leather side of the sheepskin is easily damaged by incorrect washing. The main points to note are:
1. Only use a mild detergent which is enzyme-free with no bleaches. Note many wool wash products contain enzymes which can damage the leather. Our Woolskin Wool Wash/Sheepskin Shampoo however is ideal. As an alternative, you can use a mild hand dishwashing liquid for washing smaller items by hand.
2. Only wash in cold or lukewarm water (up to 40 C/108 F).
3. For rugs stretch to shape whilst still damp.
4. Hang out to dry away from direct sunlight.
5. For long wool products brush when dry.
 
See below for details of caring for particular sheepskin products.
 
 
Sheepskin Footwear & Mittens
As the soft suede finish of twinface sheepskin products such as slippers, boots and mittens is easily stained, we highly recommend our Sheepskin Protector & Water Repellent before use and after cleaning.
 
Prevent excessive soiling. Light stains can be removed using a damp cloth. A more thorough cleaning can be achieved using a sheepskin/suede Cleaner & Conditioner.
 
Alternatively, hand wash in cool or lukewarm water ideally using our Woolskin Wool Wash/Sheepskin Shampoo. This has been formulated especially for sheepskin products and doesn't contain chemicals found in regular detergents that may harm the sheepskin leather & wool.
 
Wash separately from other items as bleeding of color is possible. Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Do NOT put sheepskin footwear or mittens in the washing machine. After washing, remove excess water using paper towels, and if required reshape by stuffing with dry paper towels. Allow to dry naturally and slowly. Do NOT dry in sunlight or direct heat.
 
 
Baby Lambskin Gloves
Hazletts baby lambskin gloves are supplied pre-treated with Scotchgard Leather Protector.
 
Prevent excessive soiling. Light stains can be removed using a damp cloth. To provide the best care for your gloves, the manufacturer recommends drycleaning with a specialist drycleaner.
 
 
Baby/Infant Care & Medical Rugs
Due to the natural lanolin in the wool, genuine sheepskin tends to be self-cleaning. Daily airing will keep your Infant Care or Medical Rug fresh and help maintain its self-cleaning properties.
 
Small slightly soiled areas can be sponged off.
 
Hand or machine wash once a month ideally using our Woolskin Wool Wash/Sheepskin Washing Liquid. This has been formulated for lambskins/sheepskins, especially infant care and medical sheepskin. It doesn't contain chemicals found in regular detergents that may harm the sheepskin leather & wool. Do not use soap or washing detergents containing enzymes or bleach. Use warm water (max 40 C / 108 F).
 
Tumble dry on cool setting (not warm or hot). Do not bleach or iron. If not machine drying, hang to dry or dry flat. Do not dry in direct sunlight, or near a heat source. Full care instructions are attached to each skin. For additional guidelines see baby bedding guidelines.
 
 
Longwool Sheepskin Rugs and Pet Mats
Your lambskin rug may have been tightly packaged for its journey to you so the wool may appear flattened. Wool fibres are very resilient and will bounce back to their original springy appearance. A vigorous shake will help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any fold marks from packaging will disappear once the skin has been removed from the package for several days.
 
Note that natural white color sheepskins can yellow with age, this can't be reversed.
 
Washing: Machine or hand wash your longwool sheepskin rug in warm water (40 C/108 F) ideally using our Woolskin Sheepskin Wash/Shampoo. This has been specially formulated for sheepskin and doesn't contain harmful chemicals. Do not use soap or washing detergents containing enzymes or bleach. Spin to remove excess water.
 
Drying: Dry flat or on a line and stretch to shape while damp. Keep away from direct sunlight and artificial heat (as these may damage your sheepskin). Do not tumble dry or iron.
 
Brushing: After washing, the wool may revert back to its natural curly state. You can help restore the fluffy appearance by brushing the wool while it is wet and again when it is dry. Our Bowron's Care Brush is ideal.
 
 
Sheepskin Underlays
Due to the natural lanolin in the wool, genuine sheepskin tends to be self-cleaning. Daily airing will keep the sheepskin fresh and help maintain its self-cleaning properties. Small lightly soiled areas can be sponged off and towel dried where necessary. Note the Bowron sheepskin underlays we used to sell are dry clean only, however the Classic Sheepskins underlay we now sell is fully washable.
Washing: Machine or hand wash in warm water (40 C/108 F) ideally using our Woolskin Sheepskin Wash/Shampoo. Do not use soap or washing detergents containing enzymes or bleach. Spin to remove excess water.
Drying: Dry flat ideally over several lines for support and gently stretch to shape while damp. Keep away from direct sunlight and artificial heat (as these may damage your sheepskin). Do not tumble dry or iron.
 
 

 
 
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