Cowhide rug general weekly & monthly care instructions
Cleaning product demo using common spills.
Cowhide hair-on-hide is best used in a domestic home environment. You can use a cowhide rug in your home's entrance-way but it will show wear more quickly than if used in other areas of the house. We think they work better in a lounge, dining room or bedroom.
It's OK to fold your cowhide, but it will need some time to relax after it is unfolded. If your rug is good quality the creases will come out after a few days lying flat.
A heavy weight like books can speed up this process. You can also steam iron the skin on the underside or hairy side to reduce creases more quickly.
Cowhide does move on carpet because of the carpet underlay, but on wooden or hard floors like tiles it stays in place very well. The textured leather underside has natural grip.
You do need to be a bit careful in bare feet on the soft & silky hairy upper side. Non-slip rug underlay can be used with hard floors like wood & concrete.
The sun takes its toll on all furnishing fabrics. We recommend keeping the dyed and printed cow skins out of direct sunlight to avoid any possible fading.
Natural cowhide rugs are fade resistant but everything fades given enough sun and enough time.
How to clean a cowhide rug - General 3-6 monthly maintenance routine
Include your cowhide rug or cowhide ottomans in your normal cleaning routine; simply vacuum with the vacuum head brush down (for hard floors) and if possible the suction reduced to the rug setting. Or give your rug a shake outside to remove dust and small dry particles of dirt.
Brushing with a hard plastic bristle brush or broom helps to keep the hair soft and fluffy and to remove dirt, sand and larger dirt particles trapped in the hair. Rotate your rug or move to a different location from time to time so that it wears evenly.
DO NOT wash in a washing machine, hose down (unless this is a last resort) or dry clean a cowhide rug.
For common spills or accidents like red wine, coffee, tea, juice, food, soup, urine, faeces and vomit - soak up or wipe up spills with a paper towel or sponge as soon as possible.
Remove any solid matter with the blunt edge of knife by scraping gently in the direction of the hair. Try not to push nasty accidents deeper into the leather. The Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner is antibacterial.
Lightly spray your cowhide rug with the Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner treating a small area at a time; complete one section before starting the next.
Wipe the rug vigorously in any direction with a damp (but not wet) clean cloth to spread the cleaner. Do not soak the hide or get it too wet.
Rinse the cloth/sponge in fresh water and wipe again to remove any residual cleaning solution until clean. Repeat if necessary.
Wipe the whole hide with a clean dry towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Dry the cowhide flat and slowly away from direct heat and sun.
Our cowhide cleaner is NOT a stain remover which is why it is so important to treat spills immediately.
On a sunny day you can put your cowhide outside with the underside facing the sun to freshen, air-out and remove moisture.
Store cowhides in a clean dry place, preferably rolled around a tube core and then wrapped with a clean cotton sheet to protect from dust and dirt while in storage.
If the rug becomes musty after being in storage clean the whole hide with our Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner which contains special ingredients that inhibit mould & mildew growth.
We recommend that white, cream, beige or other light coloured rugs be sprayed with a light coating of colourless Fend water proof spray when they are new.
Seeing is believing - this video demonstration shows the cowhide cleaner in action with common household spills including red wine, butter, oil, jam, tomato sauce, food, cat food and urine.