Sheepskins provide comfort because their ultra-dense wool pile greatly reduces pressure, shear, friction and moisture. Sheepskins have up to 6,000 wool fibres per sq cm in its pile, therefore sheepskin provides a natural cushion to distribute the weight of the infant or patient, in the case of medical sheepskins, and driver & passengers in the case of car seat covers. This relieves the pressure at vulnerable points on the body and the wool fibres reduce the stress and friction on the skin. Because the wool fibres absorb up to 33% of their dry weight in moisture without feeling damp, they can rapidly absorb and dissipate moisture such as perspiration and urine away from the source, providing comfort.
Most sheepskin products can be washed using a spec ialty sheepskin detergent, or dry cleaned. The current and irrevocable trend in commercial cleaning is to eliminate the solvent cleaning process whenever possible. This is due to more stringent VOC emission control worldwide. If a number of sheepskin items can be laundered safely, this will help in reaching the emissions goal and provide an economic method for the operator to fulfill their customer’s needs. Most sheepskin products can be washed either by hand or in a domestic washing machine which provides considerable saving from expensive drycleaning.
Besides the economic and environmental advantages of washing, the items being washed will be sanitised if the sheepskin shampoo has antibacterial and disinfecting properties. Detergents containing enzymes, phosphates, peroxide, alkali or bleach can cause irreversible damage to the leather. Most woolwash contains water softening properties, mostly phosphates, which removes the metals from the water. Phosphates will therefore remove the tanning chemicals from the leather of the sheepskin resulting in permanent damage to the sheepskin.
The other causes of damage to sheepskin products are heat which causes shrinking, other than The Australian Medical Sheepskin tanned to AS4480.1 1998 and stamped Hi-Temp, and incorrect detergent which causes hardening of the leather
The estimated cost of dry cleaning a lambskin or medical rug is $25.00 whereas the cost of washing in Woolskin would be 83 cents.
Drying: best results are achieved by drying in a domestic clothes dryer on LOW or WARM setting or drying out of direct sunlight. Drying in a WARM dryer results in the leather maintaining its softness through the gentle ‘milling’ much the same as in the tannery. When air drying, it is necessary to ‘flex’ the sheepskin to soften the leather.
Frequency: Medical sheepskins should be washed a minimum of weekly using a detergent with antibacterial and disinfecting properties to prevent cross infection.
Baby lambskins should be washed regularly, much the same as other bedding to maintain a clean fresh environment for the child.
Car seat covers of good quality and manufacture should be washed a minimum of annually to maintain the benefit of the wool pile in maintaining comfort and life of the sheepskin.
Sheepskin clothing should be washed regularly, as with other garments, and the suede facing protected with a water & oil repellent spray which will aid future cleaning.
UGG boots: Some UGG Boots come with a water repellent treatment which is applied in the tannery, however this is not permanent and reapplication will be required after normal wear or after cleaning.
Baby rugs, medical rugs, car seat covers and numnahs should not be combed after washing. When the sheepskin is washed the wool pile retains the natural crimp that provides the pressure reduction, thus its natural comfort. Additionally, with baby lambskins, it is not recommended that the wool pile is combed out.
UGG boots are manufactured by attaching genuine sheepskin uppers to synthetic soles and good quality Australian UGG boots may be hand or machine-washed using a sheepskin detergent in much the same way as knitted wool garments.
When new, and after washing, UGG boots should be protected using UGG Boot Protector to provide water & oil protection and to aid cleaning.
Sheepskin should not we washed using a woolwash as this usually contains water softening chemicals which removes the tanning chemicals resulting in damage to the leather of sheepskin after repeated washing.
UGG Boot Cleaner & Shampoo is formulated using tanning technology and does not contain chemicals harmful to double face sheepskin used in the manufacture of UGG boots. UGG Boot Cleaner & Shampoo maintains the comfort and therapeutic advantages of sheepskin footwear & clothing and contains a conditioning agent to lubricate the leather and enhance the performance of the wool fibre.
Antibacterial – Ugg Boot Cleaner & Shampoo contains an antibacterial, which protects against bacterial growth, eliminating cross infection, and prevents odours, and protects against mould & mildew.
Tea Tree Oil—Ugg Boot Cleaner & Shampoo contains natural melaleuca & lemon myrtle oils which leaves the fleece smelling fresh.
To fill the measure chamber, unscrew the cap on the chamber only and squeeze the bottle, forcing the contents up the tube into the measure chamber to the required level.
ALL SHEEPSKIN, WOOL & WASHABLE PRODUCTS: always wash in cold or warm water – never hot water.
Top Load - Measure 20ml (½ fl oz) Sheepskin Shampoo for small load and 40ml (1 fl oz) for large load into the washing machine.
Front Load – use half the quantity. Use small load settings for small articles or full load settings for larger loads. Select for cold or warm wash. Use gentle or wool wash setting and double rinse.
HAND WASH: Measure 20ml (½ fl oz) for each 10lt (2 gal) of cold or lukewarm water into single wash tub. For larger items, best results will be achieved using a bath tub. Place sheepskin article in the solution and work it through the lambskin for approximately 5 minutes. Do not stretch the skin. Squeeze by hand until clean. Rinse thoroughly with cold water until water is clear.
DRYING: If hand washing, squeeze excess water - do not wring dry. Tumble dry in warm - not hot - dryer or allow to dry away from direct heat or sunlight.
AFTER DRY: Apply UGG Boot Protector to provide water & oil protection and to aid future cleaning.