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How to Buy a Cleaned Cowhide Rug

When buying a piece of cowhide, you must be aware of some basic precautions. Among them are proper cleaning protocol, steam cleaning, and Eucalyptus oil. If you buy a cowhide without any precautions, you will be in for a surprise. Depending on the quality of the cowhide, you may be required to pay a hefty amount for it.

Cleaning protocol

There is a specific cleaning protocol when buying cowhide. Cleaning cowhide is relatively easy and doesn’t take much time. Simply vacuum it with a brush attachment on a regular basis to keep it clean. Spot cleaning is also possible, although it should be done as soon as possible after any spills. Then, place the cowhide outside to dry. Rinse thoroughly. Alternatively, you can lightly shake it outside after a spill.

Preventative care

If you are planning to use your newly purchased cowhide furniture for more than a decade, there are several things that you can do to ensure its longevity. One way to preserve cowhide is by keeping it clean. While it may seem like a simple task, wet cowhide can easily become stained. However, you can avoid this problem by following some preventative care tips.

Steam cleaning

Before steam cleaning a piece of cowhide, it is important to follow some simple cleaning steps. The first step is to use a mild soap to remove stains. Baby shampoo is usually the mildest. For more difficult stains, you may use dry cleaning fluid. Always rinse thoroughly afterward. Don’t use water directly on the cowhide. It can disrupt the tanning materials. Follow these cleaning guidelines to extend the life of the piece.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus oil is a great way to remove grease stains on cowhide carpeting. Apply it with a clean cloth and rub it into the stain. Repeat this process as necessary until the stain is removed. Always blot excess oil with a paper towel. Do not rub the stain with your fingers, as you will spread the discoloration. If you cannot remove the grease stain with this method, take it outside and air it out.


The first step in caring for a cowhide rug is to remove any solid matter. The most effective tool to remove solid matter is a blunt knife edge or a flat hard-bristled brush. Do not use too much force when scraping the stain, however. Scraping too hard can damage the cowhide rug. Afterward, you can use a damp sponge to wipe the area clean. This process should take no longer than a day.

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