How to Wash Sheepskin
Just like leather, sheepskin is exceptionally hard-wearing, and you generally don’t have to worry too much about stains and other blemishes. Still, when accidents do happen, it’s good to know the best way to wash sheepskin and get it looking brand new again! Be sure to treat the soft suede right and keep it looking better for longer with these simple pointers…
- Before you do anything, check the care tag on your sheepskin garment. A lot of sheepskin items are designated “dry clean only”, and washing these conventionally can cause irreversible damage, even by hand. If the label carries the “do not wash” symbol, you can still usually spot-clean sheepskin with just some warm water and a cloth.
- If the manufacturer’s instructions recommend hand washing, this can be done in a bath or basin of lukewarm water.
- Add a capful of a detergent that’s designed for use on natural fibres, like our very own wool wash.
- Submerge the sheepskin in the water and let it sit for a minute or so, then give it a light swish around the tub to wash off any clinging particles of grease or dirt.
- Once the sheepskin looks clean, give it a thorough rinse in cold water, then squeeze it out without wringing the material, as this can run the risk of permanently stretching or misshaping it.
- After that, gently pat down your sheepskin with towels to draw up any excess moisture.
- Leave it out to dry on a flat towel, somewhere where it can get some air flowing through it, but out of any direct sunlight and not too close to any heat source.
- As an optional extra step, take a small, stiff-bristled brush to your sheepskin to gently fluff up the suede shell. This will get the garment back to its original, velvety texture.