Cowhide rugs are very popular nowadays due to a specific reason. They look impressive and they are extremely resistant, perfect for high traffic areas. Another, the advantage is the cleaning. It is simple and quick. Here, we will help you get an insight into organic cowhide rugs, which will preserve their natural look and make them last for a long period of time. Don’t forget that some chemicals can damage the rug, so use only chemicals that are mentioned here.
General maintenance includes vacuuming and occasional cleaning with water, but if you want to know how to clean cowhide rug in more severe situations, continue reading.
• Steam cleaning
This kind of cleaning is popular, quick and very useful. The trick is to use a vacuum cleaner the first and always use floor attachment. The next important fact is to heat up the steam cleaner to the operating temperature and move it in the direction of the hair. Try to be gentle as much as possible. The end result should be a damp rug. Note: If it is wet, you did something wrong.
• Simple cleaning method also needed as a part of regular maintenance
Take the rug outside the home and hit it with a baseball bat. Don’t hit it as strong as you would carpets, just in case. This is a simple method, obviously, that is very effective and also removes dust from the rug. As a part of regular maintenance, it should be performed once a month.
• Cleaning liquid spills
The most common type of required cleaning is removing liquid spills. Here we have two steps. The first one is to gently remove the liquid using only a paper towel. The next step is to use organic white vinegar and a damp cloth to remove stains. Ideally, you should use both steps every time a spill occurs. Tip: Don’t use alkaline soap or equivalent chemicals.
• Removing food stains
A food stain on a cowhide rug requires slightly different method. First, you will have to use a spoon or a dull knife to remove the crust of the stain. Then, use a damp towel with a white vinegar. Use water and cloth afterward to remove any debris and anything that is left. Once again, don’t use alkaline-based chemicals!
• Cleaning oil stains
Oil or grease stains are more complicated to remove, but this method is effective in 99% cases. First, you will have to scrape the stain, similarly as in the previous method. Always use dull objects, something that cannot damage the rug. Once you are done, use eucalyptus oil. Pour it on the stain and leave it for a couple of minutes. Once it is done, use a damp cloth to wipe it clean and then use a paper towel to clean the rest. Air drying is the only way you can use to dry the rug!
All of these methods are developed so they don’t cause damage to a rug, but they will help you have perfectly clean cowhide rug at your home.