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Caring for Your Cow Hide Floor Rug

Caring for Your Cow Hide Floor Rug

Cow Hide rugs not only look great, but they’re extremely durable, and great for high traffic areas. What’s not to love?

Cow hide rugs are the perfect addition to many Australian homes, and suits a huge range of different interior design styles. They make the perfect floor rug to define a zone with visual impact and are sure to leave a lasting impression.

The image below features the Brown and White Cow Hide floor rug which is a typical example of the gorgeous colour and pattern available, however, due to these floor rugs being genuine one-of-a-kind cow hides there will be some variation in patterning, as no two rugs are the same!

Being real leather, cowhide rugs are remarkably durable and are not as prone to wear and tear over time as other rug materials can be, even in high trafficked rooms and environments. As with any type of floor rug they still need to be cleaned from time to time, however, they need to be cleaned a little differently to your classic wool floor rugs.

Lets take a look at the best ways to clean a cow hide rug!

Cow Hide Rug Cleaning: General Information

– Cow hides have a natural grip on their underside and therefore, don’t really need rug pads to help keep them in place. Because of this, you’ll find a fair bit of variation in where these types of rugs live. Cow Hide rugs are often found on tiles, vinyl, wood, carpet, even outside on the patio or used as a throw rug over a bed like the Brindle hide rug in our main featured image.

That being said, it’s not a great idea to place hide rugs in direct sunlight, or wet areas, due to the slightly more organic nature of the rug. If you leave the rug in direct sunlight for too long, the leather may shrink which may cause the ends to roll up a little.

– If a cow hide floor rug is placed in a high traffic area, be sure to rotate it occasionally to help even out the traffic marks.

– Vacuuming is great for hide rugs, along with the occasional shake outside. Combing the rug in the same direction as the hairs will help to loosen them up and keep a soft feel, along with getting rid of any dirt you may have missed.

– The longer you leave a spill on the rug, the longer it will have to be absorbed into the leather underneath – that’s not a good thing! Do your best to soak up any excess liquid quickly, but while doing so, avoid soaking the leather underneath. A non alkaline soapy solution is best for this (water and shampoo).

– Remove odour and balance the PH levels of the cowhide rug by wiping it with a damp cloth that has been soaked in 5% vinegar and 95% water.

– Cow hides can not be hand washed, machine washed or dry cleaned.

– All of the above also applies to patchwork cow-hide rugs and cow hide cushions.

Easy quick guide for liquid stains

Type of Spill

Cleaning Solution

Cleaning Cloth

Visible Puddle




Paper Towel or Dry Cloth



Stain or Hardened Crust

Non-alkaline Soap or Detergent

Water and Organic White Vinegar


Damp Cotton Cloth

Removing food stains

A spoon, knife or brush will do the job here. Scrape in the direction of the fibres. Once the majority of the food has gone, use a damp cloth bathed in either

a) Non alkaline solution

b) 5% vinegar and 95% water

Once done, use a cloth bathed in only water to rinse out the solution. Again, try not to drown the leather underneath.

Removing Grease stains

Use the initial scraping method as mentioned above, but for the actual solution – use organic eucalyptus oil. Remove this oil with water once done.

Steam Cleaning

This is an option, but should only be used if the rug is well and truly in need of a good clean that you feel you can’t do yourself. If you choose this option, only allow the rug to get damp, not wet. Make sure to dry the rug very well and keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t get too dry.

We hope you found this information useful, if you’re looking for a cow hide rug check out our fabulous range of high quality genuine Brazilian Cow Hide Rugs.  If you love it why wait…. buy now and pay later with your choice of Afterpay installments, or a no deposit interest free purchase with Zippay.

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