Three Ways to Take Care of Your Cowhide Rug

Cowhide patchwork rug

Though most of the time they rest below our feet and get stepped on daily, good rugs and carpets are not to be taken for granted. Not only do rugs keep us from slipping on hardwood floors, they can also add a lot to a room in terms of aesthetic value. And if you’re wondering whether carpets and rugs have gone out of style, over half (51%) of the U.S. flooring market depends on carpet!

When it comes to rugs, there is a lot to choose from in terms of material, pattern, color, shape, and size. For instance, you could go for simple, single-color rectangular rug or get more adventurous with chevron rug, perhaps a chevron patchwork rug. As for material, there are wool rugs, cotton rugs, cowhide, and more. You could even get a striped cowhide rug or cowhide patchwork rug to really make a bold statement!

Taking Care of Your Cowhide Rug

Cowhide rugs can really bring a room together. But, like anything worth having, maintenance is required to keep the rug fresh. Here are a few tips for taking care of your cowhide rug.

1) Keep it From Curling

Some cowhide rugs have a tendency to curl at the edge due to factors such as humidity and temperature. Not to worry–the edges can be flattened. The best way to keep the rug level is to fold the curled edges back and place something heavy on top of them, such as a stack of books for a day or two. This should solve the problem.

2) Clean it Properly

Cowhide rugs must be cleaned differently than rugs of other materials. The most important rule to follow is to wash with a damp cloth, not one that’s soaking. Too much moisture can damage the rug, but some is necessary to clean it. Soapy water is fine, but always avoid alkaline soaps and shampoos.

In the event of staining, mixing a bit of vinegar (about 5%) in with the water and washing it with a damp cloth will usually do the trick.

3) Get Some Air Time

As with any rug, it’s a good idea to air out your striped cowhide rug every three months or so. The fur side should be facing down away from the sun, hanging over something like a railing. Be sure to not leave the rug outside for too long, however. An hour or two should do the trick.

Choose your rug wisely–and take good care of it!

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