DID YOU KNOW?
- Sheepskin is naturally dirt repellent and water resistant
- Sheepskin wicks away perspiration from your skin
- Sheepskin is anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic
Shearling Sheepskin Cleaning & Care
Lifelong investment In comfort and style
Sheepskin is a natural lambskin pelt that features leather, or sueded leather, on
one side and soft, plush shearling wool on the underside. Lightweight and luxuriously supple,
sheepskin is one of nature's greatest sources of insulation. Its soft wool fibers
are naturally thermostatic, wicking away moisture for year-round comfort and breathability.
Shearling is simply a sheepskin pelt with the wool side shorn slightly to create
a uniform look and feel.
When cared for properly, a quality shearling sheepskin garment or product can be
a luxurious, lifelong investment in comfort and style. Basic care rules are quite
NAVIGATE: Care for Sheepskin Coats / Sheepskin Rugs / Sheepskin Seatcovers
- Store away from direct sunlight
- Never store in unbreathable bags such as plastic bags
- Keep away from high heat sources such as blow dryers and radiators
- Do not rub or brush sheepskin when it's wet
- If you consider dry cleaning, contact a leather and sheepskin specialty cleaner
Caring for Shearling Sheepskin Coats
Cared for properly, a quality sheepskin coat from Overland will provide years of
comfort, style, and enjoyment. Below, you'll find a few general care tips to help
you maximize the longevity and beauty of your coat. Additionally, please feel free
to call us anytime at (800) 683-7526 with questions about your purchase.
To preserve the shape of your sheepskin coat, simply place it on an oversized hanger when
storing, drying, or just hanging in a closet overnight. Always
store your coat in a breathable garment bag (vinyl or
plastic bags do not breathe) to prevent it from drying out. Be sure to
hang your sheepskin garments away from direct light sources of all kinds. Storing
sheepskin in direct sunlight can cause fading and "sunspots."
Sheepskin can be worn in the rain or snow, although it's best not to fully saturate
it with moisture (i.e. avoid an all-out downpour if possible). If
your coat accidentally becomes thoroughly wet, shake off the excess
water or snow and blot dry with a clean towel.
Then, hang your coat to dry at room temperature, making sure to avoid any direct
heat sources (such as a radiator, blow-dryer, etc.). Do not vigorously
rub a wet sheepskin garment, as that will force the moisture deep
into the leather, to the detriment of the garment. After your sheepskin coat is
thoroughly dry, use a suede brush to brush the nap of the suede.
If your coat has a napa finish, do NOT brush with a suede brush; rather, rub lightly
with a soft towel. The inside shearling wool can be fluffed lightly with a
wire dog brush.
Small spills - Use a damp cloth to clean up small spills, and gently
pluck any debris or dirt stains from the outside suede with tweezers.
You can also use a green cloth-brite pad to lightly rejuvenate the suede and remove
dirt marks at the same time.
Liquid spots (grease, drinks, etc.) - Should be treated by applying a layer
of corn starch directly onto the spot (just sprinkle directly onto
the coat on top of the stain). Let the corn starch sit for a day or two — the worse
the stain, the longer you should let the corn starch sit. When you're ready, dust
off the corn starch and use a suede brush to brush the nap of the
suede. If your coat has a napa finish, do not brush with a suede brush; rather,
rub lightly with a soft towel.
We do not suggest having your sheepskin dry-cleaned, as the treatment
removes the garment's natural oils. In case of extreme soiling or stains, we suggest
you contact a leather and sheepskin specialty cleaner. We recommend Arrow Fabricare
in Kansas City, MO at (800) 542-7769.
Caring for Sheepskin Rugs & Pelts
Our sheepskin rugs are crafted with pride and you will be able to enjoy them
for many years, provided that they are properly cared for. Your sheepskin rug
may have been tightly packaged for the journey home and so the wool may appear flattened.
However, wool fibers are very resilient and will bounce back to their original springy appearance. A
vigorous shake will also help restore the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool. Any
fold marks from packaging will disappear once the rug has been removed from the
package for several days.
Should you wish to store your sheepskin rug at any time, place it in a cool airy
place avoiding direct sunlight. Packaging in plastic bags for an extended
period of time is not recommended as the sheepskin fibers will not breathe
and condensation may occur in warm conditions.
The unique tanning process that the sheepskin goes through enables your sheepskin rug
to be hand or machine-washed. It is important not to use hot water
when washing, however, as this may damage the pelt of the sheepskin.
To hand wash, use a mild liquid household detergent in cold
water. We recommend washing the pelts in Ivory™ hair
shampoo, Ivory™ hand soap (in pump bottle), or Eucalan™ Do not use Woolite
or laundry detergents such as Tide™ Do not use soap or washing powders containing
enzymes or bleach, or which are alkaline.
Do not use fabric softeners.
Rinse thoroughly in cool water. Hand squeeze as much water from
the sheepskin as possible or spin in the washing machine, followed by air drying.
Do not tumble dry as this can cause hardening of the skins. Air dry away from any
heat source, and out of direct sunlight.
For larger rugs where the weight could be far too much
for your machine to handle, we recommend spot cleaning for small
soiled areas. A thorough brushing with a wire dog brush will fluff
the pelt back to its fullness.
Caring for Shearling Seat Covers
Regular vacuuming is ideal to remove dust and lint. If you spill
something sticky or oily on the covers, quickly remove the excess
and then spot clean the area with Ivory™ liquid hand soap and let
dry naturally, out of direct sunlight.
For a deeper cleaning, you can remove the covers, shake out, then
place in dryer on "air fluff" (no heat). Add some tennis balls
or a clean sneaker or two to fluff up the covers during tumbling. Run for about
20 minutes, and clean the filter twice during this time to remove dust
and lint particles.
If totally equal seats and identical covers, you may wish to switch the seatcovers
to equalize wear.
For more information on sheepskin seatcovers, see our Sheepskin Seatcovers
FAQ and Sheepskin Seatcovers Info pages.
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