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How To Clean A Cowhide Rug

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Cowhide rugs add soft lines and texture to rooms and can give any space a rustic and organic feel. But like all rugs, cowhide rugs will eventually need to be cleaned. You may be wondering if cowhide rugs are easy to clean, and the good news is, cleaning a cowhide rug is simple. We have the best methods and tips to extend the life of your cowhide rug and keep it looking great for years to come.

Shake It Out

  • Give your cowhide rug a powerful shake to loosen and remove dirt and debris.
  • Large cowhide rugs can be hung over a railing, fence or clothesline and then hit with a broomstick or other strong stick. Be sure to do this to both sides of the rug.
  • Continue shaking or hitting your rug until all of the dirt, crumbs, and debris have fallen out of the rug fibers.


Keep your cowhide rug looking like new by vacuuming it regularly.

  • Thoroughly vacuum your cowhide rug with suction only; your beater brush should be turned off. If it’s not possible to disable your beater brush, use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to vacuum the rug.
  • Vacuum from the middle to the outside edge of the rug, moving in the direction of the hair. Vacuum both sides of the rug.

How To Spot Clean A Cowhide Rug

If your rug only has a few areas that need to be cleaned, then spot cleaning can do the trick. If you have furry friends and are looking for tips on how to clean dog pee out of a cowhide rug, this is a great method.

  • For the best results, clean spills and spots immediately.
  • Remove any excess moisture or debris from the spot. Blot any liquids with a clean towel.
  • If the stain has dried, use the edge of a spoon or knife to remove any solid debris.
  • Next, wet a clean sponge or rag with warm (not hot) water. We recommend using a white rag so you can be sure all of the substance has been removed.
  • Blot the soiled area repeatedly until the stain is gone.
  • If soap is needed, be sure to use one that is specifically for cowhide rugs. Other cleaners have enzymes and bleach that can cause the leather to dry out and crack.
  • Blot the stain with diluted soap until the spot is gone.
  • Then blot the spot several times with clean water until all the soap is removed. Any soap that is left in the rug can attract dirt.

Can A Cowhide Rug Get Wet?

  • Avoid soaking your cowhide rug as this can cause the rug to move out of shape as it dries.
  • If you do use water on your cowhide rug, use a dry towel to blot up as much moisture as possible.
  • Place the rug on a dry towel to dry completely. You may have to pull the rug into shape to be sure it dries in its original shape.

Cowhide Rug Refresh

Place your rug outside in the sun, hide side up, to freshen your rug.

  • The sun helps to kill any bacteria and remove any moisture.
  • Don’t leave your rug in the sun for too long as it can cause the leather to dry out and the hair color to fade.

Alternative Considerations

If you're looking for a lower maintenance rug we offer a wide selection of stylish, high-quality washable rugs. Perfect for busy households, these rugs can be easily cleaned, saving you time and effort. Explore our washable rug collection.

For more tips on cleaning rugs, check out our How To Clean A Rug page. No matter the type of rug, we have the best tips for extending the life of your rug and keeping it looking great.


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