WASHING SHEEPSKINS, UGG BOOTS, SHEEPSKIN SLIPPERS and WOOL:
Wool does not have to shrink- sheep do not shrink in the rain nor does their skin go hard! Shrinkage, felting and skin hardening are due to hot water, agitation and the use of inappropriate detergents.
Hot water, agitation and poor detergents cause the wool fibres to shorten and lock tightly together; causing shrinkage and felting.
You can stop this happening to your sheepskin and woollen products by using the following washing procedures.
For best results, follow these 4 easy steps:
1. Use cold or lukewarm water.
2. Use Woolskin: Sheepskin and Wool shampoo with Tea tree Oil.
1. Use COLD or lukewarm water- NEVER HOT
(There is one exception: you can safely use hot tap water for HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins. These superior sheepskins can withstand more than 100 hot water wash and dry cycles while retaining their softness and pressure relieving properties. HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins are thermally disinfected when washed at 80oC or 175oF)
The use of excessively hot water:
Will damage leather and may cause it to shrink
May cause felting of the wool pile
May cause loss of colour
May make thorough rinsing much more difficult.
May set some stains and make them difficult to remove
2. USE A SHEEPSKIN DETERGENT:
Wool detergents are not recommended for the washing of sheepskins as they may contain chelating agents, phosphates, alkali, bleach, peroxide, triethanolamine, sequestering agents, phosphoric acid or enzymes. All are harmful to leather and should not be used.
We recommend : Woolskin: Sheepskin Shampoo & Conditioner
"Woolskin with Tea Tree Oil", a new generation product developed in conjunction with the tanning industry, will lubricate the sheepskin leather and give a distinct lustre and handle to the wool. The anti-bacterial in Woolskin remains in the washed article, providing continued action and prevention of odours. Woolskin kills mites ( the cause of house dust asthma) and washing with woolskin will also remove mite allergens.
3. WASHING SHEEPSKIN RUGS, SHEEPSKIN UGG BOOTS & SHEEPSKIN SLIPPERS
Add lukewarm water to the tub first. Then add the recommended amount of "Woolskin-with Tea Tree Oil". Place the sheepskin in the solution and work it through the sheepskin for approximately 5-10 minutes. Squeeze by hand until clean. Rinse in cold water until it is clear. To remove excess moisture, use the spin-dry cycle of your washing machine. See drying instructions below.
UGG BOOTS and Sheepskin Slippers should ONLY be handwashed.
Use cold water to hand wash your sheepskin slippers or ugg boots, - hot water can damage the boots. Never put ugg boots or sheepskin slippers in a washing machine, as this can permanently damage the sheepskin.
Do not dry your sheepskin or ugg boots in a dryer, near a heat source, or in direct sunlight. Instead, stuff the sheepskin slippers or ugg boots with paper towels, and let them dry naturally, away from heat. The towels will help the boots to keep their shape.
We recommend that you use Woolskin to protect, clean and disinfect your sheepskin and ugg boots. Common boot products could damage them.
Machine washable Sheepskin may be cleaned in a washing machine using the "Wool" or "Gentle" cycle. Use small load settings for small articles and full load settings for larger loads. Use � the recommended dose of Woolskin for front load machines. Select cold or warm wash. DOUBLE RINSE
Washing instructions for HiTemp Medical Sheepskins to meet thermal disinfection requirements. The washing machine should be loaded to half capacity.
The recommended detergent for institutional thermal and chemical disinfection is Woolskin. Acetic acid can be added to steps 1,5, & 9 to aid dye fastness ( pH controlled to 3.8- 4.2)
4. DRYING SHEEPSKIN AND WOOL
Wool should be dried in the same way that you dry your own hair. Excess heat will damage wool. Place the wool item in the dryer ( no heat ) until nearly dry. Use the "fluff or gentle cycle" only. Remove from the dryer and place the sheepskin( leather side facing upwards ) or wool article on a flat surface or drying rack. Dry in the shade, away from direct sunlight or heat.
Do Not use direct Heat or direct Sunlight
Use wOOLSKIN to wash and condition SHEEPSKIN UGG Boots
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