Removing Creases from your Sheepskin, Cowhide & Reindeer Rugs

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Sheepskin, cowhide and reindeer rugs are warm, soft and luxurious. But these natural animal skins can become dry, brittle and start to crack with time. The result is the formation of visible creases in the rug. This article looks at how you can remove those stubborn creases from your sheepskin, cowhide or reindeer rug and keep them in perfect condition for many years to come. 

How do you prevent creases in your rug?

When you use a sheepskin, cowhide or reindeer as a rug, it is important to keep it in top condition. This includes preventing creases from forming in the rug, which can be difficult to remove. Here are four steps to follow: 

– Regularly brush the rug to remove excess fibres and keep it clean. 

– Use a non-slip rug pad to keep the rug in place and prevent it from sliding. 

– Don’t walk on the rug with shoes, especially when it is raining or snowing outside. 

– Use the correct cleaning products, such as a wool detergent and a mild shampoo.

Step 1: Brush the rug regularly

Brushing the rug regularly removes excess fibres from the surface of the rug. This prevents the fibres from becoming trapped deep within the rug. This will reduce the likelihood of creases forming in the rug. It is best to brush the rug when it is dry. You can do this every few weeks, or every month depending on how often the rug is in use. Make sure you use a soft-bristled brush. Avoid using a brush with plastic bristles, as these can cause damage to the rug.

Step 2: Use a steamer to remove creases

There are a few ways you can remove creases from your rug. A steamer is a good option. You can use a hand-held steamer to remove creases from the rug. Or, if you have a larger rug, you could use a steamer with a long hose. Steaming the rug will relax the fibers and open up the creases. The creases will also shrink, making them easier to remove. You should follow a few points when steaming your rug to remove creases: 

– Don’t put too much water in the steamer. 

– Make sure you don’t let the water come in contact with the rug. 

– Hold the steamer a few inches above the rug. 

– Steaming the rug will take around 20 to 30 minutes maximum.

Step 3: Use a dryer

A dryer might sound like an unusual choice for tackling creases in a rug. But it is actually a great way to remove creases. The intense heat from the dryer will relax the fibres and shrink the creases in the rug. You can use a regular household dryer for this purpose. Just make sure that your rug is 100% wool or made of another animal fibre. You don’t want to damage the cowhide or reindeer skin! Most household dryers have a sensor that turns the dryer off when the clothes are dry. You can use this to determine when the rug is dry.


Rugs are an excellent way to add warmth and style to your home. They are also a great option if you have animals, such as dogs, that you want to be able to roam your home freely. You will need to maintain your rug to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible and looks good. This includes preventing creases from forming in the rug. Follow these steps to remove creases from your sheepskin, cowhide or reindeer rug, and the results will speak for themselves. 

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