When it’s time for your cowhide rug to be cleaned, depending on the circumstances, there are several methods that you can use to both clean and protect your cowhide rug. For minimal cleaning, take your cowhide rug outdoors and give it a good shaking. You might even choose to hang it over a line and give it some swift licks with a broom handle as rugs were cleaned in the old days. This will rid your rug of loose dirt and debris.
Should your cowhide rug be the victim of spills such as wine, juice or coffee, you will need to immediately soak up the spill on the rug with dry towels. Choose a small area of the rug and perform a sample cleaning just to ensure that you aren’t going to cause any damage to the rug. After you’ve soaked up the spill, use warm water and a mild soap to clean the rug. Don’t saturate the rug with the soap and water keep your towel damp only. Clean with the grain, going against the grain is not a good method for the rug.
Once you’ve cleaned the rug with mild soap and water, use a dry towel to absorb the moisture from your cleaning solution. Let the rug dry naturally on its own but do try to keep traffic off of the rug until it is completely dry.
You will never want to use harsh chemicals to clean your cowhide rug, only a mild soap is recommended to use for cleaning the cowhide rug. No matter what the bottle on chemicals say, they are not going to be gentle enough to keep from damaging your rug.
You will also never want to place your cowhide rug in the washing machine or in the dryer. The hand cleaning method with a mild soap will provide the most protection to your rug. Once your rug has been cleaned and is dry, you can run the vacuum over the rug again vacuuming with the grain. Don’t leave your vacuum cleaner running in one spot on the rug for any amount of time. Constantly keep the vacuum moving across the rug. The heat that is generated from the constant turn of the beater bar on the vacuum can scorch or burn the rug if it is left in one place for too long.
The appearance and smell of certain things take people back in time. Cow skin, for example, brings a picture to mind of Bonanza and The High Chaparral. Barns, horses, dust and chores come to mind when people see cowskin rugs. The wild, wild west is alive and mooing today in, of all places, the East. More and more people in all parts of the country are recognizing the virtues and good looks of rugs made from cows. Decorators, savvy homeowners and those staging houses for sale know a cool thing when they see it.
Cows aren’t raised for their hair, but for their meat and dairy products. The hide is not wasted but made into handsome rugs. Some will have imperfections or even branding marks (now, that’s natural). If consumers are concerned about chemicals, some rugs are tanned with natural oils to prevent cracking and keep the rug soft and supple. Size, color and quality will be different, depending on the cow.
Consumers chose wood floors in their homes to eliminate the allergens and other critters in carpeting. Cowhide rugs are sure to ease those with cold feet on a cold wood floor without the dust-trapping fibers of a carpet. Since the cowhide rug is hypo-allergenic, children, pets and visitors can enjoy its natural beauty with ease.
Cow skin is thick. During the tanning process, either chromium or natural oils are added to cowskin rugs to keep them soft and supple. If they get wet due to a spill they must be treated immediately. In order to keep the natural oils in the hide, soak up all the liquid possible. If the spill wasn’t too bad, allow the rug to dry then brush out dirt particles in the direction the hair was growing. Keeping the rug clean also insures its longevity because the natural oils won’t be messed up. Remember not to wet the rug and it will last years. Clean with a damp, not wet, sponge and mild soap.
The natural backing on the cow skin makes it an excellent stair runner for hardwood floors. Entry ways, halls and bedrooms are excellent places for cowhide rugs or wall tapestries. The rugs even make good covers to snuggle into while reading or watching TV. Protect the dining room table with a cow skin when polishing the crystal or the children have school projects to build. They make great sofa and chair throws, too.
People are searching for green living. What better way than to add classic good looks and charm to the wood floors with natural cowhide rugs? Timeless and classic, cowhide rugs are hypo-allergenic, durable and versatile. They were even manufactured in a green way.