beautiful and elegent cowhide rug in the living room

A cowhide rug is not just a stunning decorative piece but also durable and easy to maintain. Cowhide rugs by Celestial Leather offer several advantages for homeowners, especially those with pets and kids. They’re highly suitable for homes with kids and pets due to their innate resistance to stains and ease of cleaning. Hypoallergenic properties make them ideal for individuals sensitive to allergies, ensuring a cleaner and fresher living space.

Easy maintenance—regular vacuuming, shaking, and occasional brushing help maintain the rug’s cleanliness without a dedicated routine.

Cleaning Methods for Cowhide Rugs using household products

Keeping your rug in top condition involves various cleaning methods using household products and basic tools for effective maintenance.

Here is Celestial Leather’s comprehensive guide to ensuring your rug remains in pristine condition, offering both elegance and practicality for years to come

Routine Maintenance of cowhide rugs

  • Shaking and vacuuming:

Shaking the rug outdoors periodically helps dislodge loose dirt and debris. If vacuuming, use a suction-only attachment, preferably without rotating brushes, and follow the direction of the hair growth. Regular brushing with hard plastic bristles will help remove stubborn dirt and maintain the rug’s appearance.

  • Brushing: 

Regularly brush your rug with a broom or a brush featuring hard plastic bristles. This method is effective in removing stubborn dirt and revitalizing the rug’s appearance.

Note: Always use the brush and vacuum in the direction of the grain of the hair.

Household Alternatives for Stain Removal:

  • Baking soda can absorb moisture from spills. Gently blot the area with a cloth sprinkled with baking soda to absorb the liquid. Let it sit, then vacuum the area.
  • Club soda can help lift stains. Apply it to a cloth and gently blot the stained area, then rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
  • A mixture of water and white vinegar can effectively remove stains and odor. Apply it with a cloth and gently work on the affected area, then rinse with a damp cloth.

Basic Stain Removal:

For minor spills, create a solution with mild soap or shampoo and water. Apply it using a sponge or cloth to gently work on the affected area, blotting until the stain is removed. Rinse the area with a clean, damp cloth.

Dealing with Grease Stains on a Cowhide Rug:

Remove excess grease gently by scraping and dabbing a blotting paper on it it will absorb the excess. Then, use a small amount of dish soap on the stain. Rub it with a clean, dry fabric. Repeat if necessary until the stain fades. 

Tackling Food and Liquid Stains:

Food stains can be gently scraped with a butter knife. Dampen a cloth with a solution of non-alkaline soap or a mix of white vinegar and water to remove the remaining stain. Finish by using a dry towel to rub the surface and remove any remaining stains.

How to Remove Animal Pee From a Rug?

cowhide rug is pet friendly and animal stians are easily removable

If you are wondering how to clean dog or cat pee, we have got you covered. Prepare a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, water, and a small amount of mild detergent. Apply it to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes to neutralize and lift the odor and stain caused by animal urine. Gently wipe off the rug in the direction of the hair. Repeat if necessary.

Cleaning wax from  rug

Using a brush with hard bristles will scrape the wax right off.

Tackling Lipstick Stains

Dab a cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently blot the lipstick stain. The alcohol helps dissolve the oils and pigments in the lipstick, making it easier to lift from the rug. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, feel free to use hand sanitizer.

How To Care For A Cowhide Rug In Kids’ Rooms?

  1. Preventive Measures: Consider applying a protective layer like a rug pad beneath the rug in kids’ rooms to minimize potential staining. Promptly attending to spills or stains is key to preventing them from setting in and becoming more challenging to remove.
  2. Handling Sharpie Stains: Apply hand sanitizer to a cloth or cotton ball and gently blot the stained area. The alcohol content in the sanitizer can effectively break down and lift Sharpie ink stains from the rug fibers.

Basic Care Tips For Your Cowhide Rug

Maintaining the beauty and lifespan of your rug involves some additional steps:

Steam Cleaning: You can use a clothing and upholstery steamer to deep-clean your rug, eliminating bacteria and odors. Remember to vacuum it first to remove debris and work toward the hair growth during steam cleaning. Avoid over-saturating the rug with water.

Steam Cleaning Alternatives:

If a steamer isn’t available, an alternative is to use a wet cloth, such as a fennel cloth, dampened with water. Lay it over the rug, and use an iron on a low steam setting over the cloth. Ensure it doesn’t get too wet or hot, as excessive heat or moisture can damage the rug.

Curling: If you notice that the corners of your rug are curling, it’s a common occurrence due to thinner edges. Avoid placing the rug in areas with high heat exposure. To restore its shape, sprinkle water on the rug and gently brush it. Place a lightweight object on the curled corners until they flatten.

Final Thoughts

By employing these various methods, including household products and simple tools, you can effectively maintain and clean your rug without the need for extensive or costly cleaning equipment. Proper care and immediate attention to spills or stains will ensure your rug remains a durable, eye-catching piece in your home for years to come.

Cleaning and maintaining a rug is relatively straightforward and requires little effort compared to other types of rugs.