Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cleaning and Deodorizing Cowhide Rug

Imagine this…you are relaxing by the fireplace with a book and a nice glass of red wine. Uh-oh, your glass spills on….your new COWHIDE RUG! What are you going to do? You’re NOT going to worry! Genuine cowhide rugs (like the ones from Rawhide Company) are very simple and easy to maintain and keep clean.

For wine stains (and most others) on your cowhide rug, just soak up spills with a damp (but not wet) sponge or cloth using mild soapy solution. You can wipe and rub the hair vigorously in any direction. Finally, clean with a damp cloth using a diluted 5% white vinegar and 95% water solution.

There are several things you can do to protect against stains - one is purchase some suede waterproofing spray, but confirm first that it won't discolor your natural hide coloration. This will help protect your cowhide rug against stains, before they occur. For simpler stains or spills, just a damp cloth will usually do the trick.

But, don’t forget, your cowhide rug CAN NOT be put in the washer or dry cleaned!

If you fold your cowhide rug - this is fine; as it's a durable natural skin/hide. However, to get the creases out, you should simply let the cowhide lay flat for a few days - and the creases should resolve. If you need to, place a few weights (like books, or heavy, flat items) on the creases to help them flatten out.

It's also safe to vacuum your cowhide; or take it outside and shake it off. It’s there's an odor associated with your rug - has a sweaty or clammy smell - it most likely needs to be deodorized. The first thing that you can do to deodorize your rug is simply to hang it outdoors. Let the fresh air takeover your rug and the smell should be very fresh when you bring it back in your house. If the natural way doesn’t take care of that smell, simply use a powdered carpet deodorizer. These are great for carpets or rugs, and are guaranteed to get rid of odd odors.

While they are a super-durable and very stylish rug, genuine cowhide hair-on-hides need to be cared for the same way you would any other home accessory. Of course, if you ever have any questions, we are here for you. Just call or visit Rawhide Company for the answers to cleaning and deodorizing your cowhide.


  1. I have a question, I was given a hair on full cow hide that I'd like to perhaps use as a rug, but when I received it from my father, it was still folded in the box that the tannery put it in. And I think this goes back to the late 70's.
    YIKES! How do I help it relax and soften it, (I imagine it needs it by now)? Can I use some water and say a little Murphy's Oil Soap to help soften it from the underside? What do I do?
    Thanks so much! :)

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