How to Care for Your Cowhide Rug

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Cowhide rugs never go out of style and are a great investment for your home and if you’re like me, when you make an investment for something nice in your home you want to take care of it. Here are some tips for caring for your cowhide rug! 


Cleaning Your Rug

You’ll want to make sure you clean your cowhide rug as regularly as you clean your house. 

Be sure to vacuum your rug in the direction of the hair. Cowhide rugs are durable but I recommend setting your vacuum to the gentlest setting it has. Taking your rug outside and shaking it out to get any dirt or debris the vacuum misses is also recommended.  You can steam clean your rug but I wouldn’t recommend doing this regularly, once a year steam cleanings (at a low setting) is sufficient. Too much moisture on a rug can damage it. 


Watch for the Curl

While it’s inevitable your cowhide rug will curl at some point there are a few things you can do to prevent it. 

Curling can occur when the edge of the rug is thinner than the rest of the rug, this is pretty typical in all cowhide rugs. Keeping your rug in a high heat area can also cause curling, be sure to keep your rug in a climate controlled area that is kept dry.  When it does inevitably curl you can lightly spray it with water, brush it in the direction of the hair while it dries, and then place some books over it to weigh it down for a few hours. 


Stains and Spills

You’ll find your cowhide rug is very durable and typically won’t stain but if it does here are some cleaning tips. 

Most spills can be cleaned with a cloth and water or you can use a mix of 95 percent water with 5 percent vinegar. If you have a tough stain use a mild soap (non-alkaline) or shampoo to gently clean it. Grease stains can be more difficult, I recommend using eucalyptus oil to remove grease stains. Be sure to only clean the affected area and don’t over apply any of the cleaning products above. 


I hope this information helps you enjoy your cowhide rug for years to come! 


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