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Old 03-03-2005, 11:22 PM
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Is it okay to put sheepskin cover in wash?

How does one treat sheepskin seat covers that are getting old?

Looking at the material I think dry clean rather than washing machine, but does anyone know?
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:42 PM
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http://home.cogeco.ca/~bhemphil/wash.htm

http://www.sheepskinfactory.com/careinstructions.htm

http://www.ecowool.com/woolcare


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How does one treat sheepskin seat covers that are getting old?
Looking at the material I think dry clean rather than washing machine, but does anyone know?
Ask a sheep.
Oooops, sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 03-04-2005, 08:06 AM
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If they are in really bad shape, furrier dry cleaning is recommended....
http://www.blacksheeptrading.com/autoseat.html
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Old 03-06-2005, 10:45 AM
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Here is how it came out.

Thank you for the links.

I washed the seatcovers in the washing machine and set the washing machine on cold water, super size, gentle agitation/ gentle spin. I used woollite soap, which is the widely available brand in the United States.

The material looks so much better.

Hopefully it hasn't lost any of its shape, (it is still drying slowly in the shade etc,) but looks right.

It did lose some "fur." I now believe the better way would have been to interrupt the washing machine as it began the spin dry, and just let the seats dry slowly in the shade.

So, end result is not perfect, but much better than what I had.
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You really need the spin cycle to get most of the water out of it. Losing the "fur" is caused by either loose stuff to start with or by mechanical abrasion in the washing cycle. To minimize the loss, minimize the agitation by agitating, stopping the machine for ten minutes or so to allow the Woolite to soak in, then agitate for another few minutes and then spin. Repeat in the rinse cycle. Block it into general shape with whatever you can find, then dry in the shade. A household fan blowing on it will speed things up. If you can, try to re-install the covers when they are almost but not quite dry (95%?) so as to stretch them into place while still very pliable.

BTW, vacuum the skins before washing them to minimize making "mud" when the water hits the dirt.
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Old 03-20-2005, 06:56 PM
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I used woolite with good results a few years ago.
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