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Cowhide Rug Weekly and Monthly Care Instructions

Weekly Cowhide Cleaning Tips

Include your cowhide rug or cowhide ottoman in your normal cleaning routine; simply vacuum with the vacuum head brush down (for hard floors) and if possible the vacuum suction reduced to the rug setting.

Or give your cowhide 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.

When a Spill Happens - What to do to Rescue Your Cowhide Rug

Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleanerFor 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.

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.

The Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner is antibacterial so any nasty spills will be neutralized.

Wipe the cowhide vigorously in any direction with a damp (but not wet) clean cloth to spread the cleaner over the hide and into the hair.

Do not soak the hide or get it too wet (unless this is a last resort for extreme cleaning situations like a flood).

Rinse the cloth 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.

DO NOT wash cowhides in a washing machine, hose down (other than as an extreme last resort) or dry clean a cowhide rug.

Our cowhide cleaner is not a stain remover which is why it is so important to treat spills and stains immediately.

Seeing is believing - this demonstration shows the cowhide cleaner in action with common household spills including red wine, butter, oil, jam, tomato sauce, food, cat food and urine.


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Six Monthly Cowhide Maintenance

Rotate your cowhide rug, or move to a different location in your home from time to time, so that the rug wears evenly.

On a sunny day you can put your cowhide outside with the underside facing the sun for about 1 hour to air out, freshen and remove moisture.

Every six months a light surface clean with our Gorgeous Creatures Cowhide Cleaner will keep your cowhide rug looking like new and restore shine to your cowhide rug.

Spot Cleaning a Cowhide

The Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner is perfect as a spot cleaner when a something spills. Whether it's a cup of coffee, a glass of red wine or some spaghetti bolognese it can all be cleaned easily with the cowhide cleaner

Cowhide Rug Storage Advice

Store cowhides in a clean dry place, preferably rolled around a tube core to avoid fold lines. Then wrap with a clean cotton sheet to protect from dust and dirt while in storage.

It's OK to fold your cowhide rug for a few weeks, but it will need some time to relax and for the creases to fall out again after it is unfolded.

If your cow skin 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 cow skin on the underside or hairy side to reduce creases more quickly.

Read more about this in our blog. 

If the cowhide rug becomes musty after being in storage for a long time clean the whole hide with our Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner which contains special ingredients that inhibit mould and mildew growth.

We recommend that white, cream, beige or other light coloured cowhides be sprayed with a light coating of colourless Fend water proof spray when they are new.

Extreme Cowhide Cleaning Circumstances - When You Can Wash a Cowhide

Normally we would warm people about NOT getting a cowhide rug really wet (it is NOT a good idea to get a cowhide wet).

But there can be situations where a cowhide rug is already ruined. As a last resort completely soaking a cowhide rug with a full immersion clean in a special leather safe wash is the only hope of rescue and sanitation.

Our Gorgeous Creatures Sheepskin Woolskin (leather) Wash is safe to use for this purpose and is non-ionic.

This should only be done if the rug can not be used in it's current filthy state, and would otherwise be thrown away.

Read our two blogs with examples of real life cowhide cleaning situations.

Two real customer examples of cowhide emergencies are:-

"Help! I have a cowhide rug and a large container of cooking oil from a deep fryer was completely spilled on it! It is everywhere on the rug and I don't have a clue how to get it out. Can you help?? It smells like oil too. I tried as best I could to get out the oil but it is still on the rug."

"I was given 2 beautiful cowhide rugs that were left wadded up in a house that was full of cats. There's a few spots that are definitely pee and there's mouse poop all over. The worst of it is the house smelled horrible, and the rugs do too."br />

In these two examples the only option to rescue these cowhide rugs is to attempt a full immersion soak in the Gorgeous Creatures Sheepskin Woolskin (leather) Wash (which has very similar ingredients to our Cowhide Cleaner).

This is done as your own risk - we can not promise that your cowhide rug can be rescued, but what other option do you have?

Another example would be if a cowhide rug was caught in a flood and was already soaking wet and dirty. Rugs should always be sanitized after a flood because sewage can sometimes be mixed with the flood water.

The main difference is that the sheepskin wash is a concentrate that is diluted before use for a proper full immersion wash, and the cowhide cleaner is already pre-mixed and is used as a surface spray. They also have some minor ingredient changes as well.

Totally saturate and soak the hide for a few hours with the special Gorgeous Creatures Woolskin Wash antibacterial cleaner to kill the bacteria & remove the urine & poo at has soaked into the leather fibres.

This will also cut through oils but will take several washes and water changes to remove oil.

The cowhide rug will need to be washed in a bath or other large tank. The rug will be very heavy when wet, so probably a 2 person lift. And the rug will need at least 2-3 fresh water rinses until the water runs mostly clear.

We won’t lie, this will be a big job but if it means that your cowhide rug can be used in your home again then it’s probably worth a try. Cowhide rugs are valuable so they are worth rescuing.

Squeeze out as much water from the leather as possible while the rug drains in the bath. Lay the hide flat over towels and pull into shape. Wipe the whole hide with a clean dry towel to remove as much water as possible. 

Dry the cowhide flat and very slowly away from direct heat & sun. We can not promise that the rug will lie perfectly flat after it has been washed. Each situation is different.


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