We have always taken a view to working with farmers and suppliers who try to incorporate a regenerative system for producing wool & leather, and wherever possible as locally reared, spun and dyed as possible.
Stuff that's good to know.
No natural or man-made fibre possesses the qualities of 100% sheepskin. These natural fibres breathe like no synthetic can, creating a natural thermostatic effect that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And being hollow, each fibre can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture without seeming wet (cotton absorbs only 8%). This helps to keep you warm and dry, regardless of the weather. Sheepskin is impossible to create synthetically, and offers an amazing range of natural qualities:
- Sheepskin wool does not shed, because it's attached to the leather. It's not woven and then brushed up, like wool pile fabric.
- Ounce for ounce, sheepskin is stronger than steel. Sheepskin products will last for years with minimum care, by brushing and shaking them out, or by vacuuming.
- Naturally resists snags, tears, wrinkles, soiling and pilling.
- Drapes elegantly, never sags and retains its shape
- Is water resistant, static free, flame resistant, and wind proof. Wool is widely recognised as the least flammable fabric in common use.
- Is dirt and bacteria resistant. For centuries people have noticed that its natural lanolin provides a self-cleaning quality when hung in fresh air.
- Contains natural moisturisers such as lanolin that make the fur soft against your skin.
- Wool is naturally non-allergenic and biodegradable. Wool requires no factory or chemicals to produce it and is a self-replenishing natural product.
Single sheepskins can be used in a variety of ways: placed on dining chairs, pet beds, prams, sofas, armchairs, benches and outdoor furniture. Additionally; a lesser known fact; they can be washable however that does depend on length of pile - the shorter the better. Sheepskins look great and are luxuriously comfortable underfoot or to sit on.
Shaking the Rug
Going outside and shaking the rug or hitting it against a wall to get out all of the dust is a very effective way to quickly get off all of the surface particles off the rug. Don't worry, the hair won't fall out, sheep and cow hides are extremely durable.
The easiest and most effective way to perform routine maintenance on your rug is to simply vacuum on a low setting your fleece or cowhide to remove any surface dust and dirt.
Steam cleaning is very popular for giving your rug the occasional deep clean and making it look as fresh and new as the day you bought it. Always make sure to vacuum the rug first for the most effective deep clean. Use the steam cleaner in the direction of the hair making sure not to get the fibres too saturated. Simply allow the the rug to air dry after in a well ventilated room and Not in direct sunlight.
Removing Grease Stains
Grease stains on your rug? Start by gently scraping away the grease as best as possible with a brush, or anything with hard bristles. We have found that using a small amount of eucalyptus oil on top of the stain helps to remove the stain. Simply apply a small amount of the oil and carefully rub it away with a dry, clean (white) cloth. If you can't get the stain out, contact a professional rug cleaning service and they will get it out.
I really hope there has been some useful tips and guidance to help lengthen your rugs life and your enjoyment of them.Continue reading