Sheepskin wash

Placed on April 15, 2021
Schapenvacht wassen
Can I wash a sheepskin? This is a question we are often asked.

Texelana is happy to explain how to maintain a sheepskin. Can you wash a sheepskin? And how do you clean a sheepskin?

Once the proud owner of a luxurious sheepskin, you realize that you have a wonderfully beautiful and versatile product at home. This is where the enjoyment begins and we naturally want to keep it that way for as long as possible. We would like to explain how you can best maintain your sheepskin.

Can I wash a sheepskin?

We have one clear answer to the question of whether you can wash a sheepskin: no! A standard tanned coat is not washable. The skin/leather side of the coat dries out during washing and becomes hard, which can cause the leather to tear. Unfortunately, leather that has become hard cannot be made soft and supple anymore.

A medicated coat from Texelana can be washed, but as little as possible and only if necessary. Medicinal tanned furs are widely used in healthcare and on babies. In case of an 'accident' you can first try to clean the stain locally. The skin side should be spared as much as possible to prevent dehydration.
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Wash sheepskin without water?

A sheep's coat is naturally self-cleaning thanks to the wool grease in the coat. This wool grease gives the wool hairs a protective layer and has a dirt and moisture-resistant effect. Hanging a sheepskin outside, preferably when it is foggy, or hanging the fur in the bathroom during a shower, ensures that the wool fat that is present remains active. This way you have a fresh sheepskin in your home again.

Cleaning a spot on the sheepskin?

Cleaning a stain on the sheepskin is a meticulous job: try to gently dab the stain with a little lukewarm water mixed with a small dash of Texelana wool detergent*. Make sure that the coat does not get too wet and that the leather side does not get wet. Then gently pat with a dry cloth to absorb excess moisture. Then let the fur dry at room temperature (not on the (floor) heating). Cleaning a sheepskin if the stain has been on for longer is difficult. We recommend that you gently dab the stain clean in the same way as described above.

* Texelana wool detergent contains lanolin, which ensures that the wool fiber remains flexible.

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How do I maintain my sheepskin?

The maintenance of a sheepskin is simple and easy to do, it is best to brush the coat gently every now and then. This can be done, for example, with a dog brush. This way you ensure that the hairs come apart again, so that felting has less chance. How often you brush the coat depends on the type of coat. Long-haired coats should be brushed a little more often than shaved coats to prevent felting. In addition, we recommend hanging the fur outside regularly, this has a refreshing effect. Do not hang a sheepskin in the full sun, this can cause the leather to dry out and become hard and stiff. Regular brushing and hanging outside ensure that you can enjoy your sheepskin for years to come.

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Sheepskins bring atmosphere to your home.

First of all, a sheepskin is of course beautiful to look at, but a sheepskin is also meant to be enjoyed. By crawling away in your favorite chair on your terrace or a cozy corner on the couch. You will notice that a sheepskin quickly becomes a popular place to sit. And that is precisely the intention. Because of this "nice sitting" the fur can start to felt. This process cannot be stopped, but it can be postponed as long as possible through proper maintenance.

Did you know...

If you look closely at a sheepskin, you can tell whether it is a ewe or a ram.

A female sheep is called a ewe and in most cases a ewe has had lambs. This is reflected in the coat, because the belly of ewes is often a bit larger than that of rams, or the male sheep.

My sheepskin has a bald spot, why?

Everyone knows that the furs are a natural product and that every sheepskin is unique. However, with every sheep, the fur on the underside, in the armpits and groin, becomes thinner because the fur here passes into the legs of the sheep. As you can see in the picture, there is no fur on the legs, but hair. The sheepskin is trimmed at the tannery; this is always done generously, so that as little of the sheepskin as possible is wasted. As a result, it can sometimes be the case that the transition from fur to hair is visible on the fur you received. If this is experienced as disturbing, you can carefully trim this spot as desired.

Are you on Texel? Then visit our store in Oudeschild. We have a beautiful attic there with a rich assortment of luxurious sheepskins of beautiful quality. The choice is huge.☺

Watch the video of our fur attic here.