• 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 simple.

NAVIGATE: Care for Sheepskin Coats  /  Sheepskin Rugs  /  Sheepskin Seatcovers

General Rules

  • 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.

Do not store in plastic
Store away from sunlight
Hang coat to dry
Blot dry with a towel
Do not rub vigorously
Keep away from heat sources
Pluck away debiris
Use a damp cloth
Use suede brush
Apply corn starch to spill

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.

We do not suggest having your rugs dry-cleaned, as the treatment removes the natural oils. In case of extreme soiling or stains, we suggest you contact a specialty cleaner. We recommend Arrow Fabricare in Kansas City, MO at (800) 542-7769.

Do not store in plastic
Store away from sunlight
Use a mild liquid detergent
Do not use hot water
Keep away from high heat
Soaps should not contain enzymes or bleach

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.

Dry out of direct sunlight
Vacuum regularly
Add tennis balls to dryer
Use dryer - no heat setting





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