Dartmoor Sheepskins are machine washable at 30 degrees Celsius and can be tumble dried at the same temperature. Wash sheepskin in a normal washing machine with your usual washing powder. Afterwards, tumble dry at a low temperature. Give it a brush with a wide-toothed comb or pet brush and your sheepskin will come up like new.
When you first get a sheepskin you tend to show it special treatment. There’s something so obviously luxurious about it that makes you want to take special care. But soon enough the cat has slept on it, the kids have used it as a cape and it’s twice been a cushion in the garden. Soon enough it needs a wash.
People worry about how to wash a sheepskin because they think it will take ages to dry. Take heart, it doesn’t (although the job is made easy with a tumble dryer).
If you don’t have a tumble dryer turn your wet sheepskin frequently. Shake it out every time you walk past it. Blow a fan on it and expose it to gentle heat. Above 30 degrees C and you risk distorting the wool fibers. More information on our blog post How To Wash A Sheepskin.