Using Cowhide In A Child’s Bedroom

Cowhide is a great material to use in children's roomsChildren absolutely adore cowhide and it is not difficult to see why.  There is nothing quite like lying down on a lovely soft cowhide rug, or sitting on a cosy cowhide footstool, and the softness of them makes it extremely difficult to get up again. 

It is becoming more common to see consumers buying these rugs for their children’s bedrooms as well as the lounge, hallway etc. and cowhide rugs really are ideal for this purpose. 

Don’t be put off by thinking that they will soon have stains all over them. You would be surprised how much care a child will take of one of these rugs in their bedroom and it is quite easy for children to become attached to them,  because of their soft texture.

If there is an accident, the cowhide rug is very resilient, and if you treat any spillages properly you will have no problems whatsoever. Be sure to tell your children to let you know straight away if they do have an accident and not to try and cover it up or treat it themselves.  For a spillage it is a simple case of soaking it up with some kitchen towel and then gently rubbing any marks that are left with a mixture of soap and warm water. Rub in the direction of the hair and you will be amazed how quickly any marks can be removed.

If the stain is of a more stubborn variety don’t be tempted to use anything that is abrasive to try and remove it or it could very well make matters worse.  

When you are placing the rug in the child’s bedroom you can’t really beat having it next to the bed. It is such a lovely feeling for them when they place their feet on the cowhide when they get out of bed, so nice in fact that the days of coaxing them to get out of bed in the morning will be a thing of the past!

Tips for Placing Your Cowhide Rug

Cowhide Rug In Living RoomAfter buying your cowhide rug, you will probably want to to place it immeadiately, although you may wish to consider your options carefully, and decide which area is best suited to place your stunning new area rug.

It is a good idea to take appropriate measurements before ordering your rug so you have some idea of the size of the rug, and how it will fit in with your existing decor.  

If you chose one of the fresh, fun and funky coloured cowhides, it will last much longer and appear newer if  it is placed out of direct sunlight – this will help to avoid the possibility of fading.

Even though cowhide is an extremely hardwearing and durable material, your cowhide rug may be better suited to a lower traffic area, especially if you have an ultra-busy household with children and pets (and lots of muddy footprints)!  

After placing your cowhide rug you will notice there are probably some creases in it, although they do flatten out within a couple of days of the rug being placed.  It is possible to iron out the creases, providing the iron is set to a low temperature, although it is not usually necessary.  As an added safety precaution you should place a cloth between the cowhide and the iron to avoid any scorching to the hide.

If you want to try something a little bit different cowhides can also make great furniture throws for a chair, sofa or bed.  It will also add a different texture on furniture which can create a visually stunning  look –  a tip widely used by designers. 

If you can’t bear the thought of your stunning cowhide being trampled on, why not consider using it as a beautiful wall hanging.  Hanging a cowhide on a wall can be a dramatic accent piece to your room and will completely  transform the look and feel of your room. 

Wherever you choose to place your cowhide, whether it be next to the fireplace as a cosy area rug, or use it as a throw on your sofa you can rest assured this practical, hardwearing, eco-friendly material will look fantastic and give your home that added WOW factor.

Keeping your Cowhide Rug Looking Great

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.