Staining occurs when pigments chemically bond with wool fibre. Once this bonding has taken place, removing the stain without some damage to the wool pile can be extremely difficult. It is very important to attend to spills and stains promptly. Frequent and moderate cleaning is advised. This will help to avoid more serious measure to recover sheepskin products to their full glory.
Blot up liquids immediately using a paper towel or clean cloth. In the even of large area spills, it is recommended to put a clean towel down and stand on it to absorb a much liquid as possible. Scoop up any solids immediately and carefully using a knife or spoon. Try not to push the substance further into the wool pile.
We recommend the use of a ‘Wet Stain Remover’ for liquid stains. But first, the stain must be firmly blotted before applying any stain treatment. If you do not have any Wet Stain Remover, dilute the area with luke warm water (not hot water) and blot again thoroughly using a clean dry towel or paper towel. Make sure you do not rub the stain. You can continue to gently apply water and re-blot. The wool pile will not be damaged by water as long as you do not over-wet the wool. The good news is most oily or greasy stains can be removed, even after a period of time.
Never rub wet wool pile as this will damage the wool pile and can spread the stain further. Meanwhile, never drown the wool in water or any other liquid. This may cause watermarks on the surface and damage the backing of rugs.