In recent years the popularity of cowhides in the use of rugs and soft furnishings has continued to grow worldwide, and they are now available in many different finishes. These include natural hides, funky coloured cowhides (not for the timid!) and stencilled animal print hides such as zebra and giraffe prints.
With a little TLC you can keep your cowhide looking just as good as the day you bought it. Read on to discover the do’s and don’ts of caring for your cowhide rug.
The good news is, if you bought a cowhide from a reputable supplier and invested in a good quality hide which has been professionally treated, the care and cleaning of your rug can be kept to a minimum, and will easily fit into your regular cleaning routine.
As part of the care of your cowhide rug you should shake it outside to remove dust and dirt, if you choose you can go over the rug with your vacuum attachment brush. One thing you should never do is vacuum your rug with your upright vacuum cleaner: Make sure you always use the brush attachment, and move it in the direction of the hair, not against it.
Never wet your cowhide rug, if you want to clean your cowhide, wipe it over with a slightly damp rag in the direction of the hairs.
If you have any stains on your cowhide rug don’t use any harsh chemical based cleaners, because they will probably damage your rug. It is best to spot clean the stain with a very mild soap and water mixture and apply it with a slightly damp cloth. Repeat for very stubborn stains.