Washing Instructions

1. Short and Longwool Lambskin Rugs 

Care Instructions

Dry Clean

This lambskin rug is best dry cleaned.  We recommend dry cleaning this rug where possible.

Spot Clean

Small stains can be wiped off using a clean sponge or washer dipped in a solution of 20ml wool wash mixed with 500ml of tap water

Machine Wash

The rug is machine washable at temperatures up to 40oC.  Use a short or wool cycle and use commercially available wool washes only.  DO NOT USE commercial laundering powders or creams as they may wash the natural oils out of the lambskin and lambs wool leaving the wool dry and the leather still and damaged after drying.

Drying

The rug is best dried in a shady or filtered sunlight position resting over the back of a chair or clothes horse or line.  DO NOT DRY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR HIGH TEMPERATURE POSITION.  After a few hours drying on one side, reverse the sheepskin to dry other side.  Do not dry over a heater or other source of high and drying heat.


MEDICAL SHEEPSKINS

2. Domestic laundering instructions for Hitemp Medical Sheepskins

  • For effective washing and chemical disinfection, use a suitable non-ionic liquid detergent containing a bacteriostat. We recommend Woolskin (sold at http://www.ozwool.net ), which contains antibacterial and conditioning agents.
  • NB. Laundering chemicals that are known to be detrimental to the leather and must not be used
  • The washing machine should be loaded to half capacity. If skin is heavily soiled, or stained with urine, it should be rinsed immediately in cold water.
  • Do not soak for prolonged periods.
  • The following is a step by step instruction to machine wash your medical sheepskin:
  1. Machine wash the skin on gentle cycle, for 10 mins in hot water up to 60 degreesC.
  2. Use approximately 10mls detergent if washing one skin only. Use 5mls detergent, per skin, if washing two or more.
  3. Drain
  4. Rinse for 3 minutes with warm water at 30-40 degreesC.
  5. To achieve high level thermal disinfection, wash the skin in water for 8 minutes at 80oC. Do not add detergent to the 80oC wash.
  6. Drain
  7. Rinse for 3 minutes in cold water.
  8. Spin off excess water.
  9. Drying: tumble dry on warm setting – do not exceed 60 degreesC. Avoid overdrying.
  10. Alternatively, hang dry in shade away from direct heat or sunlight. Flex skin vigorously to restore leather softness.

Otherwise, the skin can also be hand washed in warm water using a non ionic detergent as follows:

  1. Rinse and squeeze to remove excess moisture.
  2. Hang dry in shade away from direct heat or sunlight.
  3. Before leather is fully dry, flex skin to restore leather softness.

Medical Regular Temperature Washing Instructions

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning is recommended when possible.

Small Stains

Small Stains can be wiped off using a clean sponge or washer dipped in 20ml of Wool Wash mixed with 500ml of tap water.

Machine Wash

The Regular Temperature sheepskin is washable at temperatures up to 40 Degrees C. Use a short or wool cycle and use commercially available wool washes only. DO NOT USE commercial laundering powders or creams as they may wash the natural oils out of the lambskin and lambs wool leaving the wool dry and the leather stiff and damaged after drying.

Drying

You may tumble dry on cold setting only, do not tumble dry on heat setting. The rug is best dried in a shady or filtered sunlight position resting over the back of a chair or clothes horse or line. DO NOT DRY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR HIGH TEMPERATURE POSITION. After a few hours drying on one side, reverse the sheepskin to dry other side. Do not dry over heater or other source of high drying heat.