Natural Cowhide Bedroom Rugs - Care Tips

A beautiful, natural cowhide rug can bring a touch of rugged, country glamour to a bedroom décor scheme.  Although natural cowhide is generally pretty tough and durable, you'll need to look after it correctly to keep your cowhide bedroom rug looking great.  Here's how.

What you'll need

  • vacuum cleaner and hose attachment
  • blunt knife
  • washing-up liquid
  • warm water
  • soft brush
  • soft-bristled hair brush

How to do it

It's important to note that you should never have a cowhide rug dry cleaned, as the chemicals used in the process could damage it.  In addition, don't put your rug in your washing machine.  Although cowhide can be cleaned using water, a thorough soaking could cause the rug to lose its shape, and the vigorous tumbling during the cycle may damage the hair.

  1. Start by taking your cowhide rug outside and giving it a really good shake out.  This helps to shift any dust and larger bits of debris that may have accumulated in the rug's hair.  
  2. Although natural cowhide can be vacuumed, you should never use a vacuum with rotating brushes on your rug, as this can pull the hair out.  Always use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner fitted with the upholstery tool, pulling it down the rug from the centre to the edges and always in the growth direction of the hair.  
  3. Any dried-on debris, such as food, can be removed from your cowhide rug by simply scraping it off with a blunt knife.  Always drag the knife down the hair in the direction that it naturally lays in.
  4. You can safely tackle any residual stains on your cowhide rug with a cleaning solution of warm water and washing-up liquid.  Dip a soft brush dipped in the solution, and scrub the stain vigorously until it lifts.  When you've finished, blot any excess water from the rug with a clean towel. It's important not to soak your cowhide rug, as this can cause it to become misshapen when it dries.  Also, never use harsh household chemicals on your rug; substances containing bleach may cause discolouration and could even strip out some of the hair.  
  5. The best way of drying your cowhide rug is to drape it over a drying rack and place it outside on a warm day.  Be sure to place the rug hair side down, so that it isn't bleached by the sun.  
  6. When your cowhide rug is dry, lay it out flat, and gently 'groom' the hair, from the centre of the rug outwards, towards the edges using a soft-bristled hair brush.  This will help to lay the hair flat again, so that its natural shine is restored after washing.

In conclusion

You can keep your natural cowhide bedroom rug looking as good as new and ensure that it lasts for years by following the care guide above.