Most sheepskin products can be washed using a speciality sheepskin detergent, or dry cleaned. The current and irrevocable trend in commercial cleaning is to eliminate the solvent cleaning process whenever possible. This is due to more stringent VOC emission control worldwide. If a number of sheepskin items can be laundered safely, this will help in reaching the emissions goal and provide an economic method for the operator to fulfil their customer’s needs. Most sheepskin products can be washed either by hand or in a domestic washing machine which provides considerable saving from expensive dry cleaning.
The environmental and economic advantages of washing, the items being washed will be sanitised if the sheepskin shampoo has antibacterial and disinfecting properties. Phosphates will, therefore, remove the tanning chemicals from the leather of the sheepskin resulting in permanent damage to the sheepskin.
The other causes of damage to sheepskin products are heated which causes shrinking, other than The Australian Medical Sheepskin tanned to AS4480.1 1998 and stamped Hi-Temp, and incorrect detergent which causes hardening of the leather.
The estimated cost of dry cleaning a lambskin or medical rug is $25.00 whereas the cost of washing in Woolskin would be 83 cents.
Drying: best results are achieved by drying in a domestic clothes dryer on LOW or WARM setting or drying out of direct sunlight. Drying in a WARM dryer results in the leather maintaining its softness through the gentle ‘milling’ much the same as in the tannery. When air drying, it is necessary to ‘flex’ the sheepskin to soften the leather.
Frequency: Medical sheepskins should be washed a minimum of weekly using a detergent with antibacterial and disinfecting properties to prevent cross infection.
Baby lambskins should be washed regularly, much the same as other bedding to maintain a clean fresh environment for the child.
Car seat covers of good quality and manufacture should be washed a minimum of annually to maintain the benefit of the wool pile in maintaining comfort and life of the sheepskin.
Sheepskin clothing should be washed regularly, as with other garments, and the suede facing protected with a water & oil repellent spray which will aid future cleaning.
UGG boots: Some UGG Boots come with a water repellent treatment which is applied in the tannery, however, this is not permanent and reapplication will be required after the normal wear or after cleaning.
Most sheepskin products can be washed using a speciality sheepskin detergent, or dry cleaned. The economic and environmental advantages of washing, the items being washed will be sanitised if the sheepskin shampoo has antibacterial and disinfecting properties. Phosphates will, therefore, remove the tanning chemicals from the leather of the sheepskin resulting in permanent damage to the sheepskin. Wash your sheepskin the right way with woolskin woolwash.