The best ways to create the most pleasing environment for your home is through the use of the right decor and decorations.One option, when it comes to an eye catching rug, are cowhide rugs.
These rugs are ideal for just about every room in your home.This is because a cowhide rug is durable, attractive and highly versatile.This allows you to use this type of a rug in various ways and thus enhance the overall style of your home.
What You Will Need to Care of a Cowhide Rug
-A vacuum cleaner with a suitable brush attachment
-Hard-bristled brush (an old fashioned scrubbing brush is ideal)
-A soft cleaning soap
-A normal household sponge
-Scotch Guard or a similar fabric protector
-A steam cleaner (such as a Vaporetto) will help to get deep inside the fur and clean the rug to the -maximum effect.
Having bought your cowhide rug and installed it in your home you must ensure you vacuum it regularly to prevent your cowhide rug becoming heavily soiled and so avoid unnecessary deep cleaning. Make use of your vacuum's brush attachment to clean the fur in the direction of its natural 'grain'.You need to do this while gently drawing out dust and other grime contaminants. By doing this every week you will ensure that gritty pieces of dirt will not start to cut the fur from the hide. A good old-fashioned beating of the rug outdoors will also shake out embedded contaminants.
Don't soak the rug when cleaning, however, you can gently steam clean it with no negative after effects. The fur within the hide is of course made up of tanned (to preserve the protein of the skin) animal material. Fur hides repel water and damp and so keep the animal relatively dry. If when cleaning the hide it gets too moist, then go outdoors and naturally dry the hide under the sun. This also has the effect of killing any bacteria or germs that may be in the hair.
Remove dirt spots with a non-alkaline cleansing soap. Leather soaps will work with stains on a smooth fur-free hide, but when fur is involved then baby shampoo or mild detergent gently scrubbed into foam when cleaning is much better for hides with hair. Apply the soapy froth to a sponge and then gently wipe the hide in direction of the grain. Finally thoroughly rinse with a moist sponge to get rid of any shampoo residue left in the fur.
Use Scotch Guard or a similar fabric protector well before your cowhide rug becomes stained and after you have just cleaned it as this will help the fur to repel further stains and so keep your valuable and beautiful cow hide rug in a pristine condition.
Ian works for one of the UK's largest and most reliable importers and retailers of Cow Hide Rugs. We sell only the finest quality, South American cowhide rugs, and have one of the UK's largest selections with over 200 cowhides in stock. Our hand-selected cow skin rugs have been chromium hand-tanned in the traditional way so they will last for years.
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