Luxurious Sheepskin Long Wool Rugs: A Guide to Care and Maintenance

Long Wool Rug

At Yellow Earth, we craft our sheepskin rugs from, A-grade Australian sheepskins. We take great pride in offering our customers naturally sourced products of the utmost excellence. With proper care and attentiveness, your sheepskin rug will maintain its luxurious plushness and fluffiness for many years to come.

Did you know that sheepskins possess inherent qualities such as natural anti-bacterial, hypo-allergenic, dirt-repellent, water-resistant, and flame-resistant properties? These remarkable attributes enable sheepskin rugs to effortlessly shed dirt, including dust and dry particles, when shaken.

Despite their unique characteristics, it is important to still be careful around sheepskin products as lot of foods, liquids and man-made chemicals used in our everyday life are not found in nature, so sheepskins naturally can’t protect themselves against them.

Take Care of Your Sheepskin.

  • Keep it out of direct sunlight and heated areas. Direct sunlight for pro-longed periods of time, will cause the sheepskin to fade in colour.
    Instead leave it in a cool, open area.
  • Brushing your long wool rugs occasionally with a wire brush will help keep them fluffy and prevent knots in the wool fibres. However, this is not recommended for our short wool rugs, for example baby lambskins and medical rugs, as the natural crimps in short wool fibres are important in promoting their pressure regulating properties. We now sell a sheepskin carding brush which you can purchase here
  • If you choose to vacuum your sheepskin rugs, be sure to avoid using vacuum heads with a rotating attachment, especially when vacuuming long wool rugs. Instead, use a standard vacuum nozzle on a low suction power setting.
  • Avoid spills on your rug, as stains can be tricky to remove on sheepskins and frequent washing can gradually strip off its natural properties.

Washing Sheepskin Rugs.

Whilst our first recommendation is to hand-wash your sheepskin rug, they can also be machine washed in cold water on a Wool or Hand-wash Mode, but ONLY with sheepskin-safe, bleach free washing detergent, such as our Woolskin Shampoo

It is important that you use cleaning liquids which are approved for sheepskin leather products, as the chemicals found in normal washing detergent are too harsh and can damage the quality of sheepskins. Our Australian made Woolskin shampoo is specially formulated for sheepskin products, using only natural ingredients such as Tea Tree oil for a gentle clean.

For more information and a step-by-step process on hand washing or machine washing your sheepskin rugs, please take a look at the products page for our Woolskin Shampoo product.


Use our long wool rug wire brush

To help maintain and enhance the beauty and softness of your long wool rugs use our wool brush. This specially designed wire brush is an essential tool to effectively maintain and rejuvenate your exquisite rugs.