Caring for your sheepskin rugs

Caring for Your Sheepskin Rugs

Investing in high-quality sheepskin rug adds a touch of luxury and comfort to your home. To ensure these beautiful products maintain their softness, appearance, and durability, proper care is essential. With proper care, they will last you for decades.


Rules of the wool and a few things to remember:

  • Avoid direct sunlight. This stops UV damage or fading of darker shaded products
  • Shake rugs, cushions, bean bags regularly, if it can handle a shake, liven it up!
  • Dry vacuum rugs regularly (with a plain suction unit*)
  • Attend to spills and stains as promptly as possible
  • Remember not to rub, brush or massage wool skin products when they are damp or wet

*Turbo and revolving brush vacuum cleaners can damage the wool fibre and cause “frizziness”. These are a strict NO!


1. Understanding the Nature of Sheepskin and Alpaca Wool:

Before diving into the care tips, it’s important to understand the unique properties of sheepskin and alpaca wool. Sheepskin is a natural product with a leather underside and wool fibers that are resilient and self-cleaning to some extent. Alpaca wool, on the other hand, is known for its softness, warmth, and hypoallergenic properties. Both materials require gentle care to preserve their natural beauty and functionality.


2. Regular Maintenance for Sheepskin Rugs:

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your sheepskin rug looking fresh and luxurious.

  • Shaking and Brushing: Shake your sheepskin rug outdoors regularly to remove dust and loose dirt. Use a soft-bristle brush or a special sheepskin brush to gently comb through the fibers, preventing matting and keeping the wool fluffy.
  • Vacuuming: Use a vacuum cleaner with a gentle brush attachment to vacuum your sheepskin rug. Avoid using the rotating brush or beater bar, as it can damage the fibers. Vacuum in the direction of the wool to prevent tangling.


3. Spot Cleaning Sheepskin Rugs:

Accidents happen, but prompt spot cleaning can prevent stains from setting.

  • DO ‘contain the stain’ Blot up liquids immediately using a paper towel or clean cloth. In the event of any large area spills, we would recommend putting a clean towel down and standing on it to absorb a much liquid as possible. Scoop up solids immediately using a knife or spoon – try not to push the substance further into the wool pile.
  • DON’T ‘treat it mean’ Don't rub wet wool pile… ever! This will damage the wool pile and can spread the stain further. Don't drown the wool in water or any other liquid. This may cause watermarks on the surface and/or damage the backing of rugs.
  • Wet Stain Remover: We recommend the use of a Wet Stain Remover for liquid stains. But, again, you must firmly blot up the stain first before applying any stain treatment. If you don’t have any ‘Wet Stain Remover’, dilute the area with lukewarm water (not hot water) and re-blot thoroughly using a clean dry towel or paper towel. Make sure that you do not rub the stain. You can continue to gently apply water and re-blot. The wool pile will not be damaged by water as long as you don’t over-wet the wool. The good news is most oily or greasy stains can be removed, even after a period of time.


4. Deep Cleaning Sheepskin Rugs:

Dogs, pets and children all love sheepskin, but rest assured small stains and light soiling can be spot cleaned easily with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Occasionally, your sheepskin rug may require a more thorough cleaning.

  • Hand Washing: Fill a bathtub or large basin with lukewarm water (40c or 104f) and add a small amount of liquid detergent suitable for hand washing dishes. Gently submerge the rug and swish it around to loosen dirt. Avoid scrubbing or wringing the rug. Drain the soapy water and rinse the rug thoroughly with clean water.
  • Drying: Squeeze out excess water gently and roll the rug in a towel to absorb more moisture. Lay the rug flat on a clean surface to dry, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Gently brush the wool once it’s completely dry to restore its fluffiness.
  • Products with cotton or other backing material: Dry cleaning is recommended for any products with backing materials. It is also best to dry clean dyed products as colors may bleed.


5. Caring for Alpaca Wool Throws:

Alpaca wool throws require delicate handling to maintain their softness and structure.

  • Regular Airing: Regularly air out your alpaca throw to keep it fresh. Simply hang it outside on a dry, breezy day.
  • Spot Cleaning: For small stains, use a cloth dampened with cold water and a mild wool detergent. Gently blot the stained area and rinse with a clean cloth. Avoid soaking the throw.


6. Washing Alpaca Wool Throws:

When it’s time for a thorough cleaning, it’s recommended you seek a professional.


7. Storing Sheepskin Rugs and Alpaca Throws:

Proper storage ensures your wool products remain in excellent condition when not in use.

  • Clean Before Storage: Make sure your sheepskin rug and alpaca throw are clean and completely dry before storing.
  • Breathable Storage: Store your wool products in a breathable cotton bag or a clean, dry place. Avoid plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and cause mildew.
  • Avoiding Compression: Store your items flat or loosely folded to prevent compression and maintain their shape.


Caring for your sheepskin rugs and alpaca throws doesn’t have to be daunting. With regular maintenance and proper cleaning techniques, you can preserve their luxurious feel and appearance for many years. At Parker Wool, we work hard to select only the top quality hides for our products, and we hope these tips help you keep them looking their best. Invest a little time in their care, and you’ll continue to enjoy the unparalleled comfort and elegance of sheepskin and alpaca wool in your home.


Explore our collection and find the perfect wool products to enhance your living space today!

May 17, 2024 by Erik Wood
Embracing Sustainability: The Eco-Friendly Virtues of Longwool Sheepskin and Alpaca Wool

Embracing Sustainability: The Eco-Friendly Virtues of Longwool Sheepskin and Alpaca Wool

In an era where sustainability is not just appreciated but essential, making eco-conscious decisions in every aspect of our lives, including home décor, has become a priority. At Parker Wool, we understand the importance of environmental stewardship. That's why we're proud to offer our range of longwool sheepskin and alpaca wool products, which not only add luxury and comfort to your home but also align with eco-friendly practices. Let's delve into the environmental benefits of these natural fibers and discover why they are a sustainable choice for conscious consumers.


The Sustainable Choice of Longwool Sheepskin:

Longwool sheepskin is more than just a statement of luxury; it's a choice that benefits the planet. Here's how:

  • Biodegradability: Unlike synthetic fibers, longwool sheepskin is a natural material that is completely biodegradable. It decomposes within a reasonable time after disposal, reducing landfill waste and environmental impact.
  • Natural Resource: Sheepskin is a by-product of the sheep farming industry, which means that using it helps reduce waste. By choosing products made from sheepskin, you're contributing to a more sustainable use of resources.
  • Durability and Longevity: High-quality longwool sheepskin products are incredibly durable and can last for many decades with proper care. Investing in long-lasting products reduces the need for frequent replacements, ultimately leading to less waste.


The Eco-Friendly Advantages of Alpaca Wool:

Alpaca wool is not only luxurious and soft but also comes with a host of environmental benefits:

  • Sustainable Farming Practices: Alpacas are hardy animals that have a low impact on their environment. They graze gently, reducing soil erosion and promoting healthier pastureland.
  • Water-Friendly: Alpaca wool requires significantly less water to produce than traditional cotton and other natural fibers. By choosing alpaca wool, you're supporting a more sustainable and water-efficient industry.
  • Hypoallergenic and Chemical-Free: Alpaca wool is naturally hypoallergenic and does not require harsh chemicals for processing, making it a safer choice for both you and the environment.


Choosing home décor products isn't just about aesthetics; it's also about making responsible, sustainable choices. By opting for longwool sheepskin and alpaca wool, you're not only enhancing the beauty and comfort of your home but also contributing to a healthier planet. At Parker Wool, we are committed to providing luxurious, high-quality products that align with your eco-friendly values. Explore our collection today and take a step towards a more sustainable and stylish home.

April 08, 2024 by Erik Wood

Elevate Your Home with the Luxurious Touch of Wool

Welcome to the world of timeless elegance and unparalleled comfort! Transform your living space into a sanctuary of style and relaxation with the exquisite touch of longwool sheepskin rugs and sumptuous alpaca wool products. In this article, we'll guide you through various ways to incorporate these luxurious materials into your home décor, ensuring every corner of your space reflects warmth, comfort, and a hint of opulence.


The Allure of Longwool Sheepskin:

Longwool sheepskin is renowned for its incredible softness and durability. Its natural fibers provide a unique texture that adds depth and sophistication to any room. Here's how you can use longwool sheepskin rugs to elevate your home décor:

  • As a Cozy Welcome: Place a longwool sheepskin rug by your entryway to greet guests with warmth and luxury. Its plush texture makes for a comforting first touch to your home, setting a welcoming atmosphere right from the doorstep.
  • Revamp Your Living Room: Drape a sheepskin rug over your living room sofa or chair to add an instant touch of elegance and comfort. The natural, flowing lines of the sheepskin create an inviting space for relaxation and conversation.
  • Upgrade Your Bedroom: Transform your bedroom into a cozy retreat by laying a sheepskin rug beside your bed. Stepping onto its soft, warm surface each morning ensures you start your day with a touch of luxury. Trust us, there’s nothing more satisfying than a longwool rug on bare feet…
  • Enhance Your Office Space: Add a sheepskin throw over your office chair or place a small rug under your desk to inject a sense of comfort and sophistication into your workspace. It's an easy way to make long working hours more enjoyable and stylish.
  • Make a Statement: Add a large sheepskin rug to a living or family room. The rug will create a statement piece and a conversation starter that defines the space.


The Sophistication of Alpaca Wool:

Alpaca wool is prized for its softness, warmth, and hypoallergenic properties. Its fine fibers provide an excellent level of comfort, making alpaca wool products perfect for adding a layer of warmth and style to your home. Here's how:

  • Dress Your Sofas and Chairs: Alpaca throws and blankets are not only functional but also beautiful decorative pieces. Drape them over sofas, chairs, or the end of your bed to add color, texture, and warmth to any room.
  • Create a Cozy Reading Nook: Transform a corner of your living room or bedroom into a cozy reading nook with an alpaca throw. Pair it with a comfortable chair, a good book, and a cup of tea for the ultimate relaxation spot.
  • Outdoor Elegance: Extend the luxury outdoors by draping alpaca throws over your patio furniture. They'll provide warmth on cool evenings, making your outdoor space just as inviting as the indoors.
  • Seasonal Accents: Use alpaca wool blankets and throws to add seasonal accents to your home. Choose lighter colors for spring and summer, and warmer, richer tones for fall and winter, to keep your living space in harmony with the seasons.


Incorporating longwool sheepskin rugs and alpaca wool products into your home decor is not only a testament to your impeccable taste but also a commitment to comfort and quality. These luxurious materials can transform any space into a haven of style and relaxation.

March 04, 2024 by Erik Wood