Cowhide Care Instructions:
CLEANING: Cowhides have natural oils in the hair, that don't require as much matinaince as synthetic rugs. You can vacuum them, just raise your settings, use a vacuum that you would use on hardwood floors, or use an attachment. The main thing, is that you don't get the edge of the cowhide caught up in the suction of your vacuum as it could rip the edges.
SPILLS: Use a wet washcloth to clean up just about anything that gets spilled on the cowhide. Remember those natural oils in the hair don't want to take on another color easily. Most spills will not show, once wiped up and the area dries. Most spills will not require chemical cleaners or soaps to clean up.
PET ACCIDENTS: For more serious problems, like pet accidents, blot them up with a towel and apply some baking soda, to the area to eliminate any odors. Just shake on the baking soda sparingly in the area, let sit, and vacuum up later.
Also, for spills or pet accidents that were not caught right when they happened, don't panic. You can still try the wet washcloth, however anything dried on should just scrap off with a suede brush. This includes food, mud, and almost anything that was wet and is now dried on.
Brazilian cowhides should not curl, whoever this is a question we get asked all the time. If you have a cowhide that is curling on the edge or corners, you can mist the area and apply a heavy object, (one that will not absorb any moisture) and let sit for several hours. Also, on most surfaces except wood floors, carpet tape could be applied to the back where it is curling, to get it to stick down and stop curling.
*Check your surface first, to make sure the carpet tape will not remove the finish of your flooring.
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