Cowhide rugs are becoming quite popular as home décor accessories. They are luxurious, unique, and quite stylish. Another wonderful feature of cowhide rugs is that they do not shed, which may be a bonus for some individuals with allergies. If you are experiencing allergies around your cowhide rug, it’s possible the hide was not cleaned properly during processing or manufacturing. We have successfully washed animal hides for our clients who were experiencing irritating symptoms around their animal hide rug. Call us today for your cowhide rug cleaning.
Cowhide rug cleaning and maintenance protocol is a simple and straightforward affair, requiring regular vacuuming using a suction only, in the direction of the hair. As an alternative, smaller, lighter rugs could be gently shaken outside to remove dust and debris.
Soaking up spills as they occur maximizes the probability of removing stains successfully. Blotting pet urine, vomit, wine, juice, coffee, or tea to absorb the liquid and flushing with a damp cloth and gentle spot cleaning solution are essentially the only steps to follow for in-home spot cleaning cowhide rugs after spills occur. With urine or vomit spills in particular, it may help to follow up and wipe with a damp cloth dipped into a dilute solution of 9.5 oz water and 0.5 oz white vinegar, which will help with pH balance and odor removal. Cowhide rug cleaning should never involve soaking or saturating the rug with water. Any further instruction should come from a cowhide professional like Pettyjohn’s.
For foodstuff, scraping as much of it off with a spoon or dull knife in the direction of hair, rather than against it, is the first step to take prior to the actual spot cleaning efforts.
Grease and oil stains respond to the same procedure as regular food stain removal, namely scraping the food and wiping with damp cloth and mild soap and water in hair direction, so as not to drive food stain further into the rug. However, removal of grease stains may or may not achieve desired results and cowhide owners may want to consult local professional rug cleaners for advice. Grease stains on leather or cowhide rugs often necessitate a professional cleaning effort for successful results.
After wiping spills or stains with damp cloth, rugs can be dried outdoors, with the hide, not the hair, facing the sun. Drying it outdoors will also protect wood or carpeted floors from excessive moisture that might damage them. If the rug is too heavy to carry outdoors, placing a box underneath the cleaned area would elevate the damp section and allow for better air circulation and faster drying. It would also spare potential flooring damage. In reality, you should not be using enough water to cause a situation that needs to be dried. Uneven wetting of hide-type rugs may result in buckling or textural distortions.
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