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About Sheepskin

Sheep were first domesticated about 6000 years ago and became widely farmed because of their strong flocking instinct. Also, in this one animal was found all the basic needs of life at that time; food (meat and milk), clothing (wool) and shelter (sheepskin). Nothing was wasted.

Still today, all parts of the animal are used. The sheepskin is only one of the many by-products of the sheep farming industry. The sheepskin pelt is tanned and then used in many wonderful ways instead of being discarded.

Sheepskins used to make our products are a recycled by-product of the food and wool industry. The sheep are primarily raised for their food value, and not their hides.

Sheepskin is a natural product that cannot be duplicated by man-made fibres. As with all natural products, blemishes and variations will occasionally occur. They contribute to the uniqueness of the skins and show that they are real and not imitations.

Sheepskin items have timeless value and will last for years with minimum care, such as brushing and shaking them out or by vacuuming. Many sheepskin products can also be gently hand or machine-washed in lukewarm water using wool wash or a non-enzyme liquid detergent. We recommend Eucalan Woolwash, a lanolin enriched biodegradable washing agent. Do not use Woolite or laundry detergents such as Tide! DO NOT WASH UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THAT YOUR SHEEPSKIN IS WASHABLE. If they have not been specifically marked or purchased as such, take them to a furrier for cleaning. Severe heat will damage sheepskins resulting in shrinking and hardening of the pelts.

Sheepskin Care Tips

Sheepskin Tips

Sheepskin Rugs, Medical Shearlings and Infant Care Lambskins
Caring properly for your sheepskin is key to protecting your investment.

  • Shake out Sheepskin Rugs as needed or vacuum with attachment only. Occasionally brush with a grooming brush to maintain the soft, fluffy appearance of the wool.
  • Daily airing is suggested to keep Medical Shearlings and Infant Care Lambskins fresh and to lessen the need for more frequent washing.
  • Small, lightly soiled areas can be sponged off and dried with a towel or spot cleaned with Eucalan Woolwash. We recommend washing only as necessary.
  • Our sheepskins can be machine-washed using lukewarm water and Eucalan Woolwash or a non-enzyme liquid detergent. Please note that all sheepskins are not washable! DO NOT WASH UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THAT YOUR SHEEPSKIN IS WASHABLE. If it has not been specifically marked or purchased as such, take it to a furrier for cleaning.
  • Use a gentle washing action for no more than 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse in cool water, unless Woolwash is used in which case you can bypass the rinse cycle.
  • Spin dry to remove excess water. Do not use the dryer.
  • For front load washers - Select warm water wash. Add the Eucalan Woolwash to the softener drawer and select delicate cycle - rinse and spin option.
  • Dry at room temperature laying flat or hanging by two corners. Avoid excess heat and direct sunlight.
  • Stretch the skin occasionally while drying to maintain the skin's natural shape and size and gently massage the leather to soften it up.
  • Use a grooming brush to fluff up the wool fibres while still damp and again when it is dry.
  • Sheepskins may also be taken to a reputable suede and leather cleaner for fur-cleaning. We recommend fur-cleaning for multiple rugs or multiple shearlings.

Sheepskin Slippers
Always treat your sheepskin slippers with care. They are meant for indoor use only.

  • Periodic vacuuming and brushing the wool with a grooming brush will help keep the wool in good condition.
  • For the outer suede leather, occasionally use a nylon bristle brush or a Suede Block to brush out the dirt and restore the nap of the leather fibres.
  • Soiled areas may be sponged clean.
  • Never expose sheepskin to any source of heat as the leather will stiffen and crack.

Sheepskin Bootliners and Insoles

  • Occasionally remove bootliners or insoles from boots or shoes and allow them to dry at room temperature.
  • Never expose bootliners or insoles to any source of heat as the leather will stiffen and crack.
  • Bootliners and insoles may be washed by hand or machine in lukewarm water using Eucalan Woolwash or a non-enzyme liquid detergent. Rinse well. Lay flat to dry away from direct heat.

Sheepskin Car Seat Covers and Auto Accessories
Some preventative maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your car seat covers and auto accessories. Dirt and dust that build up deep down in the wool can act just like sandpaper, shearing the wool fibres each time you slide in and out of the car.

  • Periodically brush with a grooming brush and vacuum to remove unwanted dirt and lint.
  • The covers can be spot cleaned with cool water and a mild detergent.
  • Sheepskin car seat covers and auto accessories can also be machine washed. Use a non-enzyme liquid detergent or Eucalan Woolwash. Machine wash on a gentle cycle with lukewarm water for no more than 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse in lukewarm water if detergent is used. Bypass the rinse cycle if Woolwash is used. Spin dry to remove excess water.
  • Lay flat to dry away from direct heat.
  • Stretch and flex the sheepskin as drying nears completion.
  • Brush with grooming brush to keep wool feeling fluffy.

Sheepskin Toys
We do not recommend machine washing sheepskin toys.

  • Surface clean with lukewarm water and a non-enzyme liquid detergent or Eucalan Woolwash, using a sponge or clean cloth.
  • Rinse with clear water if a detergent was used.
  • Roll the toy in a towel to absorb excess moisture.
  • Allow to air dry away from direct source of heat.
  • Brush up the wool with a grooming brush.

About Wool

Wool is a natural fibre dating all the way back to about 4000 B.C.. The unique structure of wool gives it amazing unmatched properties of resilience, durability and absorption. Wool acts like a natural thermostat for your body, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. The fibres, which are hollow, can absorb up to 30% of their own weight in moisture without feeling damp and at the same time repel water from a spill or rain.

Following a few simple tips will provide you with continued wearing enjoyment.

  • Give wool items a 24-hour rest between wearing to shed wrinkles and to "breathe".
  • Brush napped garments frequently.
  • Follow the care label for garment cleaning.
  • Prevent stretching in knitwear by folding in a drawer, instead of hanging.
  • Treat stains promptly.
  • Clean wool garments before off-season storage.

Wool Care Tips

Wool Care Tips

Cold Country Wool Comforters
We recommend a duvet cover for easy care. We also recommend dry cleaning when cleaning is required. Please keep the care label attached to the comforter and inform cleaners that it is 100% pure wool filled.

Double and smaller sized comforters can be washed in your washing machine at home with care. Larger ones require an oversized machine or hand washing in a laundry tub. The important thing to remember is to not agitate, as this will shrink the wool. Soaking and spinning are fine. We cannot guarantee the results of home washing.

  • First fill the machine with lukewarm water and woolwash or laundry soap. We recommend Eucalan Woolwash. Agitate to dissolve the soap. Stop the machine and add the comforter. Gently plunge up and down to clean and let it soak.
  • Spin the water out and allow the machine to fill up with lukewarm water to rinse. Stay with the machine to stop the agitation right away. Add fabric softener. Plunge the comforter up and down and soak again. Spin dry.
  • Hang to dry.

Tussock Dream Duvet
We recommend a duvet cover for easy care. Air outside seasonally to freshen up. If cleaning is required, we recommend Dry Cleaning.

Classic Wool Mattress Overlay
Wool absorbs up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp which helps control the moisture content in the bed caused through perspiration. Occasionally air out the mattress pad but when cleaning is required either dry clean or wash carefully as follows:

  • Wash by hand or machine wash on a delicate, short cycle in lukewarm water using Eucalan Woolwash or a mild soap (not detergent).
  • Remove excess water or spin dry.
  • Do not be alarmed by the amount of loose fibres left behind in the machine. This will not affect the product's performance.
  • Hang to dry out of direct heat or sunlight. Do not tumble dry.

Wool Bed Pillow
Since these pillows are filled with 100% wool batts, they must be cared for properly. Improper care will felt the wool and once the wool becomes felted, there is no way to return it to its original fluffiness.

  • We recommend using a pillow protector and a pillow case to reduce the need for cleaning
  • Air regularly in sunlight
  • Wool Pillows can easily be rejuvenated by wrapping the pillow in a damp towel and placing in clothes dryer on low heat setting. DO NOT use excessive heat.
  • If cleaning is required, Dry Cleaning is recommended.
  • The Wool Pillow can be washed at home with care on a delicate, short cycle in lukewarm water using Eucalan Woolwash or a gentle detergent. Spin out excess water. Avoid excessive heat and agitation. Do not use bleach. Let air dry naturally away from any direct source of heat.

Wool Sweaters
Washing wool items actually helps to strengthen wool fibres. We recommend using Eucalan Woolwash which softens, brightens and conditions the wool. Also its natural eucalyptus fragrance will act as a moth inhibitor.

  • Hand wash in lukewarm water with a mild soap or Eucalan Woolwash. Soak articles and squeeze gently several times. Allow to soak at least 5 minutes, or for half an hour or longer for heavy sweaters.
  • Squeeze out all moisture.
  • Rinse in lukewarm water if soap is used. No rinse is required if Woolwash is used.
  • Lay flat to dry away from direct heat. Shape or block if necessary to maintain original shape.

Wool Blankets and Throws

  • We recommend having wool blankets and throws dry-cleaned.

Stain Removal for Wools
Stains are easiest to remove while fresh. Avoid pressing over stains; heat may set them in. Before using any cleaner, always pre-test in a hidden area. Consult a dry cleaner when in doubt about stain removal.

  • Alcoholic beverages - Sponge spot with cool water. Apply soapy water. Rinse.
  • Coffee / Tea / Soft Drinks - Sponge with cool water.
  • Chewing Gum - Harden with ice and then scrape off. Sponge any residue with dry cleaning solvent.
  • Chocolate - Sponge with dry cleaning solvent, then sponge with soapy water. Rinse.
  • Correction Fluids - Allow to dry and then scrape off excess. Have dry cleaned with instructions to treat as paint.
  • Fruit Juice - Sponge with cool water. Rinse. Gently rub with white vinegar. Rinse.
  • Ink (ball point) - Treat with rubbing alcohol. Use a paper towel to absorb the ink as it is removed. Rinse.
  • Lipstick / Cosmetics - Sponge with dry cleaning solvent.
  • Oily Stains / Grease - Sponge with dry cleaning solvent.
  • Press Shine - Sponge with white vinegar. Rinse.
  • Water Spots - Take garment to dry cleaner for steaming.

Oilskin Coat Care Tips
The proper care of an oiled or waxed garment will ensure its longevity. Garments can be easily rejuvenated with a light application of reproofing cream.

  • Coats should be hung in a well-ventilated area to dry out when damp. This will also relax any creases that may have occurred during storage and shipping.
  • When you see shiny areas, this means there is dirt trapped in the wax/oil. To clean, hose off or sponge the garment down with cold water. Try hanging it in the shower.
  • Gently brush off the dirt with a soft bristled brush.
  • Hang to dry.
  • Cleaning the garment any other way will completely remove the oil from the cloth and damage the oilskin properties. Do not use hot water, detergents, soaps or solvents. Do not dry clean or machine wash or dry.
  • Also uneven, dry patches indicate a need for reproofing. Regardless of how often the garment is worn, coats need reproofing every few months.
  • When it's time to reproof your garment, be sure the garment is clean and dry. Use a reproofing cream. Spread the garment on a flat hard surface (such as a kitchen table). Using a soft cloth and the gentle heat of a blow dryer, work the cream sparingly into the garment, paying special attention to seams and worn areas. The heat will help the waxed cotton absorb reproofing cream.
  • Hang your garment overnight in a well ventilated area to allow excess surface oil to dissipate. Please note that precautions should be taken towards not allowing contact with other fabrics or materials that may absorb the wax (i.e. leather car seats).

Leather Jacket Care Tips
With proper care, your leather jacket will provide warmth and protection against the elements for many years.

  • Protect your leather jacket at the time of purchase and periodically thereafter with a good quality leather protector such as Style 16 Protector.
  • Preserve the shape of your jacket by hanging it on a formed and sturdy hanger. Do not use a wire coat hanger.
  • Never store your jacket in plastic. Store it in a cloth garment bag as leather needs to "breathe".
  • When wet, spot dry with a damp towel and allow it to dry at room temperature away from any direct source of heat.
  • Whenever possible, wear a scarf to keep hair and body oils away from the collar.
  • Dry clean only when necessary and only through a leather cleaning specialist.
  • Since lamb leather is softer and suppler than cowhide, greater care should be taken.

Suede Boots Care Tips
Treat your new suede leather boots with care. We recommend that you spray them frequently with a Tana All Protector spray to prevent the settling of dirt. You should avoid wearing them in wet, slushy conditions as they are not waterproof. If they do become wet, allow to dry naturally away from any direct source of heat. If the suede becomes soiled, we recommend using Tana Suede & Nubuck Cleaner or Brush.