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How to Get Rid of Cowhide Smell

Cowhide rugs are made from animal skin, but there are ways to get rid of their cowhide smell. You can try applying baking soda and a sponge solution to the stain. Then, use a vacuum cleaner to clean the surface of the rug and make it fluffy again. You can also try a vinegar and water mixture to restore the rug’s PH balance and get rid of the cowhide smell.

Masking agents

Cowhide rugs can sometimes have a noxious odor, similar to the one in a new car. To combat this, keep the cowhide rugs outdoors and keep the windows open. You can also purchase a carpet deodorizer that will work on the odor. Do not wash cowhide rugs, however. This is because cowhide is stupidly hard to clean.

Shaking off

The first step to removing the cowhide smell from your home is to remove the stains. Food stains can be removed from cowhide rugs using a brush or butter knife. Rub the stains in the same direction as the fibers of the rug. For deep stains, dampen a washcloth with white organic vinegar or non-alkaline soap and gently rub the area. Once the stain has been removed, wipe the area dry with a clean towel.


If you have a cowhide rug, you can remove the smell by vacuuming it thoroughly. If you are unable to do this, you can spot-clean the rug with a wet sponge or white rag. Then, let the rug air dry thoroughly. If the smell continues to linger, you may need to call professional cleaners. If you cannot find a local cleaner, you can purchase a commercially made cowhide rug cleaner and use it. This solution should provide a great result.


There are several methods for cleaning a cowhide rug. One method is to brush the area with a soft-bristled brush. If the stain is stubborn, a blunt knife or dry cleaning fluid should remove it. You can also use a mild soap solution to clean the stain. If these methods don’t work, you may need to use a solution of white vinegar and water. A soft cloth or sponge will also help clean the stain.


Unlike many products, cowhide is not mass-produced. It has been uniquely crafted by nature, with slight variations in pattern, hair length, density, fur thickness, and softness. You may find the hide has some man-made marks, too. If it smells bad, there are a few ways to fix it. Read on to learn more. Listed below are three methods to get rid of cowhide odors.

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