CARE & CLEANING

HOW TO TREAT YOUR SHEEPSKIN

CARE & CLEANING

The best way to clean a Sheepskin depends on the type of skin. Some types can be washed in the washing machine, while other types require a more delicate approach.

Below you can read our recommendations based on more than 10 years experience.

GOTLAND SHEEPSKIN

Normal Care:
Shake out the skin and comb through the fleece with your fingers regularly (3-4 times a month)
Brush the fur once a month.
A special treat – if possible: Hang the skin outside to air out for a few hours during periods of hard frost.

Emergencies:
We recommend Eucalan Wool Wash for cleaning spots on your sheepskin.
Eucalan is a safe, no-rinse liquid wool wash that offers a non-toxic alternative to dry cleaning, and will not dry or damage the fur when used according to the following directions:

Dilute a small amount of Eucalan in a small amount of cool water – do not use hot water on the skin
Using a clean, lint-free cloth with a small amount of Eucalan foam on it, dab or gently wipe the spot.
Dab or gently wipe with clear, clean, cool water.
Lay fleece flat and allow to air dry, away from heat or sunlight.
Gently brush or fluff with a soft hairbrush when the sheepskin is completely dry.

Eucalan is available from Amazon for around $ 7,00 for 12 Oz.

Washing
The Gotland sheepskins can be washed in a washing machine at 30° wool wash or wash it by hand. Use only washing detergent for wool or silk.
Hang the skin to drip dry over a chair or on the clothesline, stretching and massaging it during drying, so the skin retains shape and flexibility.

Snow cleaning
Snow cleaning is the traditional Nordic method of cleaning sheepskin, but it should only be done when your are absolutely certain that temperatures will stay below freezing for 4-6 hours.

Place the skin curly side down on fresh pure snow and leave 4 – 6 hours, and let the snowflakes carry dust and particles away. Then, shake out and allow to dry off over the clothesline for another couple of  hours.

ICELANDIC SHEEPSKINS

Normal Care:
Shake out the skin and comb through the fleece with your fingers regularly (4-8 times a month)
Brush the fur once a month.
A special treat – if possible: Hang the skin outside to air out for a few hours during periods of hard frost.

Emergencies:
We recommend Eucalan Wool Wash for cleaning spots on your sheepskin.
Eucalan is a safe, no-rinse liquid wool wash that offers a non-toxic alternative to dry cleaning, and will not dry or damage the fur when used according to the following directions:

Dilute a small amount of Eucalan in a small amount of cool water – do not use hot water on the skin
Using a clean, lint-free cloth with a small amount of Eucalan foam on it, dab or gently wipe the spot.
Dab or gently wipe with clear, clean, cool water.
Lay fleece flat and allow to air dry, away from heat or sunlight.
Gently brush or fluff with a soft hairbrush when the sheepskin is completely dry.

Eucalan is available from Amazon for around $ 7,00 for 12 Oz.

Snow cleaning is the traditional Nordic method of cleaning sheepskin, but it should only be done when your are absolutely certain that temperatures will stay below freezing for 4-6 hours.

Place the skin curly side down on fresh pure snow and leave 4 – 6 hours, and let the snowflakes carry dust and particles away. Then, shake out and allow to dry off over the clothesline for another couple of  hours.