Cowhide leather is easy to care for, extremely tough wearing and durable, making it an ideal leather choice for rugs and carpets. However, if cowhide leather is left to gather dust, dirt and other debris, the surface can be damaged over time and becomes dry and brittle.
The hair on the cowhide leather is treated with natural oils or chromium to keep the texture soft and flexible. To protect the hair, cleaning should be kept to a minimum. Gentle cleaning can be done to remove dust, debris, and stains.
How to clean cowhide leather?
Vacuum the cowhide with the suction reduced to the rug-setting. Vacuum from the middle to the outside edge following the direction of the hair. Be careful if you are using rotating brushes on a regular vacuum as it may pull out the hair on the leather.
To remove stains, add a small amount of dishwashing liquid to a small bucket of warm water.
Use a clean rag dipped in the soapy water to blot out the stains on the leather. The rag should be damp but not wet. A fine-toothed comb can help to remove any mud or dried crusty stains. Always move in the direction of hair growth.
Use a clean damp rag to blot away the soap on the leather.
Wipe the whole hide with a clean dry towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Allow the cowhide to dry completely on a flat surface away from direct heat and sun. Brush the hair with a soft brush to remove any clumping of the hair.
More words of wisdom...
Although natural cowhide rugs are fade-resistant, the sun takes its toll on all furnishing fabrics. Keep cowhide away from direct sunlight to avoid any possible fading.
Clean your cowhide rugs whenever necessary and you will extend their life and keep them looking great. It's really easy!