It never really occurred to me that I would need to clean sheepskin rugs or pelts, but I'm an idiot. Cause I need to clean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N -G, always, because my dog is an Olympic level athlete at producing drool, and shaking his Basset-y, skin folds everywhere head which then gets all over the place. Including on my sheepskins. So lo and behold, I needed to figure this ish out.
Here are your options:
1. TAKE YOUR RUG TO A DRY CLEANER. This is obvs the easiest option, though it also might cost anywhere from $30 to $1 million dollars depending on how big your rug or pelt is. If you do dry clean it, look for a dry cleaner that specializes in leather--not all dry cleaners do. For those of you that are hella lazy like me, this is def my jam.
2. WASH IT IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE. Now, although this is def a viable option (again, depending on the size of your rug...if it's a big ass one, it ain't gonna fit), you can't just throw that puppy in with some Tide and go read the latest issue of Living, Etc with your new vape pen. This option requires some prep work.
The first thing you need to do is to Amazon Prime yourself some sheepskin shampoo. Yes that's a thing, and yes your ass needs some. This Kookaburra Wash is the one I got (and is only around $11 bucks). I used it with a small pelt, and it worked great. You can't use ANY other detergent on these suckers...no Woolite or regular laundry detergent. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 hundos.
I'd also suggest you get yourself a sheepskin brush...or if you want to you could use a pet brush. Do you HAVE to have it...no. But it def helps. If you're able to, the internet powers that be recommend brushing the rug both before you wash it and after you wash it.
As for the actual washing, you need to use cold, or lukewarm water, and make sure you choose "gentle" or "wool" cycle. Don't wash it with anything else in there. You might have to run it through your spin cycle twice in order to get all of the water out. You can't throw your sheepskins in the dryer, so you'll want to lay it flat to dry (and I put mine under a towel). If you have it outside, try to keep it out of direct sunlight (unless you want to "rough it up" like I taught you about here). Before it drys, you should try to stretch and "reshape" it a bit to make it look like you want it to.
3. BRUSH IT AND SPOT CLEAN. Ok, I lied..*this* is actually the easiest option. Maybe your dog isn't quite the filthy animal that mine is and your sheepskin just has a spot or two that you'd like to touch up. If that's the case, you can use a clean towel, some warm water, and the handy dandy sheepskin shampoo that you already amazon primed above (if the spot is very light, you might not even need shampoo). After you've worked on the spot, towel it dry, and brush it out with your sheepskin brush. Then after it fully drys, brush it out again and you should be good to go.