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Care & Cleaning for Sheepskin, Elkskin, Deerskin and Leather Outerwear

Sheepskin Jacket Womens WesternWe recommend two care products for our sheepskin garments.  The suede should be sprayed with a rain and stain shield made for suede or leather.  The specially formulated repellents will be made with a non-silicone formula which is special for suede or sheepskin.  This will protect it against water spotting and will help it resist soiling.  Suede conditioner/cleaner will remove most spotting.  The wool of any garment can be touched up with a solution of cold water and Woolite.  Do not soak through to the suede.  Brush the wool when nearly dry to fluff it up.  When a shearling garment becomes soiled overall, it should be professionally dry cleaned by someone specializing in leather and/or furs.  Be sure to ask if the dry cleaner is experienced with suede and/or leather and sheepskin.

The most important thing to remember about cleaning a sheepskin jacket or shearling vest is to try to clean the spot or stain as soon as it occurs, rather than to let it set.  If you do this, you can possibly avoid a trip to the drycleaners.

There are special suede sponges or brushes that can be bought at your local leather store for a reasonable price. Use these on the suede areas of your sheepskin garment, brushing in the reverse of the nap.  Only use a special suede brush on your sheepskin coat, as it is formulated not to damage the material. Never use a regular sponge or rag, as it can cause spots or tearing

You may want to try applying a layer of cornstarch to liquid or grease spots and stains on your sheepskin coat. Sprinkle it directly onto the coat over the stain. Allow it to sit on the stain for 1 to 2 days or longer, if necessary, to soak up the liquid. Then, vacuum the corn starch with a handheld vacuum or brush attachment on a large vacuum.

If your sheepskin coat ever becomes significantly wet, be sure always that you dry the coat slowly, without placing it in direct heat. Once it dries completely, remove water spots with a suede sponge or brush.

Cleaning Sheepskin Slippers or Ugg Style Boots

Girls Pink Sheepskin Slipper

Cleaning your sheepskin slippers requires the same care as any of our other sheepskin garments or outerwear.  Be sure to spray them with a non-silicone water repellant to avoid water spotting.  If they do get soiled, follow our directions above to remove light stains or spots.  Sheepskin is a durable, natural fabric, so it will withstand the elements and this is one of the reasons why shearling slippers, sheepskin boots and ugg-style boots are so popular for winter apparel.