How to Clean a Sheepskin Rug. Sheepskin wool is a soft, resilient natural fiber that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is also extremely strong, resisting most snags, tears, wrinkles and pilling. A sheepskin rug requires little care--brushing, shaking out or vacuuming will usually do the trick. But when your rug needs a deeper cleaning, follow the simple instructions below.

Step 1

Remove dust by brushing up the wool pile with a wire brush, shaking out the skin and vacuuming with an attachment.

Step 2

Put the rug in your washing machine and use a non-enzyme shampoo made specifically for washable sheepskin items. Pre-soak the rug in the shampoo for 20 minutes if you have stubborn stains or dirt.

Step 3

Wash on gentle cycle using lukewarm water that does not exceed 100 degrees F.

Step 4

Add a high-quality wool conditioner to the final rinse to soften the leather and condition the wool. Rinse once more and spin dry.

Step 5

Lay the rug flat and dry it away from heat. Gently flex and massage the skin side while the rug dries to soften it.

Step 6

Brush the dried rug again to restore the wool pile.