Spills or damage to your cowhide rug are not the end of the world. It’s probable that you can clean the damage or spill with relative ease. However, it’s imperative that you get the ball rolling on this measure as quickly as possible. As you can imagine, any spills or damage to cowhide rugs should be dealt with immediately.
Whether you have an emergency cleaning issue with your cowhide rug, or if you simply want to give the rug a routine cleaning, there are a few simple things you can keep in mind. Anyone who tells you that cowhide rugs are difficult or impossible to clean simply doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
Cleaning Cowhide Rugs
When it comes to cleaning cowhide rugs, there are two things you’re going to want to figure out ahead of time:
• You’ll want to have a sense of the type of spill or type of damage you’re dealing with.
• You’ll want to consider what you ultimately want to achieve by cleaning the cowhide rug.
Steps to the Care of Cowhide Rugs
It doesn’t matter if this is a cleaning emergency, or if you just want to give the rug a standard cleaning to extend its form and function. Whichever route you’re going, here’s what you need to do:
1. At the beginning, you’re going to have a couple of options. You can either use the brush attachment with your vacuum to clean with the grain of the hair (do NOT have the hairs pushed up with your vacuum), or you can take the rug outside for a good shaking. Many people prefer the shaking method, as it allows the rug to breathe in an outdoor setting. However, you should note that because the rug is so heavy, you’re going to need a second person to help you.
2. When cleaning the cowhide rug, apply some soap to the area you wish to clean, and use a damp cloth to gently-but-vigorously move with the grain of the rug hairs. You’ll want to go over the area several times, making sure all the soap has been removed. Have a couple of books or other heavy objects placed under the spill area, in order to ensure proper air-drying.
3. Air-drying shouldn’t take longer than twenty-four hours.
4. The dry-cleaning process is unnecessary for a cowhide rug.
5. Avoid using bleach.
6. Avoid using a dryer or other heat method, when you’re drying the rug.
7. Perform a sample cleaning test with a small portion of the rug.
See how easy it is?