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How to Clean Rough Grain Cowhide

If you have recently purchased a full-grain cowhide, you may be wondering how to clean it. There are many different methods to consider. Some methods include brushing, steam cleaning, and deodorizers. Read on to learn more about these methods. Also, read on for tips on cleaning Full-grain leather. Listed below are some of the most common cleaning methods for cowhide. We also cover how to remove stubborn stains and make leather smells great.

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Using a gentle soap and water solution, you can use the correct cleaning technique to get your cowhide looking new. Avoid using any detergent or soap that will damage your cowhide, and avoid using any heat to clean it. Use a spot sponge to clean stains and then rinse it with warm water. If you are using a spot sponge, you can use a solution of 1% vinegar and 99% water to remove any stubborn stains.

Steam cleaning

You can steam clean a rough-grain cowhide rug by using a mild cleaning solution. The most gentle form of cleaning is baby shampoo. A wet sponge is also an option. Use the cleaning solution to lightly scrub the rug and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. After cleaning, you can allow the cowhide to air dry. For best results, repeat this process at least twice a month. For stubborn stains, apply a spot-cleaning solution of 1% vinegar and 99% water.


Before you start brushing a rough grain cowhide, you should understand what it is. The grain of a hide varies depending on the breed and climate of the animal. For example, cows raised in hot climates are more likely to have scars and rashes from pests. Conversely, cattle raised in cold climates don’t often have these problems. This means that the grain of a rough-grain cowhide may be less pliable than that of a full-grain cow’s hide.


The first step to cleaning cowhide rugs is to allow them to dry naturally outside. If possible, let them sit in the sun. Sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda and allow it to sit for about 24 hours. Then, vacuum it up and wipe the excess baking soda away. Use a dull knife to scrape off any loose stains. You can also use a water and vinegar solution to spray on the back of the stain to remove odors and restore the rug’s PH balance.

Cleaning with a vacuum

Using a vacuum cleaner to clean a cowhide rug is a convenient way to eliminate dust and particles that can damage its appearance. To remove these particles, use a hard plastic brush, which can also help keep cowhide rugs fluffy and soft. While cowhide rugs are stain-resistant, if you procrastinate, you may not be able to remove a stain. For a stubborn stain, a paper towel can help soak up any liquid but do not rub it into the hide. If you can’t remove the stain with a paper towel, use a blunt knife or spoon to scrape the matter off the rug.

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