Founded in 1982, Shepherd of Sweden aims to bring us well crafted, long lasting sheepskin products, with sustainability and future in mind. All of their products are a bi-product of the meat industry, making sure we use everything we can, and everything is then hand crafted in their European factory. Their rugs are antibacterial, hardwearing and balance temperature well, feeling cool in summer and warm in winter. As humans we've used sheepskins for centuries, and there's plenty of reasons why. Shepherd intends to bring the wonderful properties of these skins into our contemporary homes, with their soft and luxurious Scandinavian colour palettes and natural textures.
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Shepherd's cleaning guide for sheepskins- we recommend you stick to this as it will ensure your rug lasts for years to come.
Vacuum, use a clothes roller or hand dry after using a sponge and lukewarm water. Shake and air sheep/lambskins regularly for the best lustre and shape, and it is better to do this on a day there is damp in the air. Do not subject the sheepskin to high temperatures or direct sunlight.
In the case of coarser soiling:
Skins with a wool length of up to 35mm can be washed in the washing machine. Skins with full length wool should not be washed in the washing machine. Use a mild detergent (wool shampoo) with a ph-value of 3.5 - 5.5, which is free from enzymes, phosphates, peroxides, alkies and bleaches. Coarser soiling on the skins should be soaked in cold water before washing. Wash in the washing machine and chose the wool program/30 degrees. Always use a lot of water. It is okay to use spin but avoid using the tumble dryer and absolutely no tumble drying with heat. Do not use bleach or conditioner. Sheep/lambskins should be hung up or dried flat in room temperature. Work, (drag and rub) the skin whilst still damp to keep the skin flexible. Do not iron. Sheepskins can even be dry cleaned by a specialist. Do not subject the sheepskin to high temperatures or direct sunlight.