Easily the most common question asked about cowhide rugs is how to clean them. To the uninitiated it seems a daunting - even impossible - task. Incredibly, we even hear that it has kept people from buying a hide for years! One of the absolute best things about a cowhide is how easy it is to maintain. It really is easier than any “regular” carpet, and more pleasing than any hard surface. The vast majority of all contaminants, whether soil, dust, or pet hair, come out with a simple push of a broom.
Our Genuine Nguni cowhide rugs are naturally resistant to stain and discoloration. Much like our own hair, a literal mud bath won't change the color; the natural oils protect both the shine and color. Speaking of natural oils, they also help to keep major spills “pooled”, and a quick response can eliminate the need for spot cleaning all together.
While the majority of your hide’s maintenance consists of regular meetings with a broom, we know over the course of a lifetime, a few spills are bound to happen. When these dreaded spills occur, act quickly to soak up any excess amount of the liquids. For more solid material, use the blunt edge of a knife and scrape carefully with the grain of the hair. Once you are satisfied with this first step, you typically need only a damp cloth or sponge to restore it to its natural coloring.
For spot cleaning, simply dampen a sponge or cloth (damp, not wet!) and gently rub the affected area. If water doesnt seem to be enough, you can use a mild soap or shampoo (baby shampoo has the fewest chemicals!) and again, gently rub the area, generally going in the direction of the hair. In our experience, this has worked on everything from a crushed blackberry to a bit of red wine.
Lastly, our very own Cowhide Cleaner product helps to maintain the natural oil levels of your hide, all while cleaning and adding anti-allergenic and anti-bacterial agents to it. The Nguni Guy Cowhide Cleaner protects the color and shine, and cleans your hide with the least harmful and most effective natural agents.
Cleaning Do’s and Don’t’s
Do: Regularly brush your hide with a broom (always with the grain of the hair)
Dont: Use a high powered vacuum (gentle/low settings are fine)
Do: Spot clean with a lightly damp sponge or cloth
Dont: Excessively soak your hide
Do: Use The Nguni Guy Cowhide Cleaner to put natural oils back in the hair and leather
Dont: Wash your hide in a machine