Wool does not have to shrink- sheep do not
shrink in the rain nor does their skin go
hard! Shrinkage, felting and skin hardening
are due to hot water, agitation and the
use of inappropriate detergents.
Hot water, agitation and poor detergents cause
the wool fibres to shorten and lock tightly together;
causing shrinkage and felting.
You can stop this happening to your sheepskin
and woollen products by using the following washing
For best results, follow these
4 easy steps:
1. Use cold or lukewarm water.
2. Use Woolskin: Sheepskin and Wool cleaning
& conditioning detergent.
1. Use COLD or lukewarm water- NEVER HOT
(There is one exception: you can safely
use hot tap water for HiTemp UR Medical
Sheepskins. These superior sheepskins can
withstand more than 100 wash and dry cycles
while retaining their softness and pressure
relieving properties. HiTemp UR Medical
Sheepskins are thermally disinfected when
washed at 80oC = 175oF)
The use of excessively hot water:
Will damage leather and may cause it to
shrink and harden
May cause felting of the wool pile
May cause loss of colour
May make thorough rinsing much more difficult.
May set some stains and make them difficult
2. USE A SHEEPSKIN DETERGENT:
Wool detergents are not recommended for
the washing of sheepskins as they
may contain chelating agents, phosphates,
alkali, bleach, peroxide, triethanolamine,
sequestering agents, phosphoric acid or
enzymes. All are harmful to leather
and should not be used.
We recommend :
Woolskin Sheepskin Shampoo & Woolwash"
Tea Tree Oil", a new generation product developed
in conjunction with the tanning industry,
will lubricate the sheepskin leather and
give a distinct lustre and handle to
the wool. The anti-bacterial in woolskin
remains in the washed article, providing
continued action and prevention of odours.
kills mites ( the cause of house dust asthma)
and washing with woolskin will also remove
3. WASHING SHEEPSKIN
- Handwashing Sheepskins
Add lukewarm water to the tub first. Then
add the measure of
Tea Tree Oil". Place the sheepskin
in the solution and work it through the sheepskin
for approximately 5-10 minutes.
Squeeze by hand until clean. Rinse in cold water
until it is clear. To remove excess moisture,
use the spin-dry cycle of your washing machine.
See drying instructions below.
- Machine washing Sheepskins:
Machine washable Sheepskin may be cleaned in
a washing machine using the "wool" or "gentle"
cycle. Use small load settings for small articles
and full load settings for larger loads. Use
½ the recommended dose of
for front load machines. Select cold or warm
wash. DOUBLE RINSE
Washing instructions for HiTemp Medical
Sheepskins to meet thermal disinfection
requirements. The washing machine should
be loaded to half capacity.
The recommended Detergent for institutional thermal
and chemical disinfection is Woolskin.
Acetic acid can be added to steps 1,5, & 9
to aid dye fastness ( pH controlled to 3.8- 4.2)
4. DRYING SHEEPSKIN AND WOOL
May be placed in the dryer ( no heat ) until
nearly dry. Use the "fluff or gentle cycle"
only. Remove from the dryer and place the sheepskin(
leather side facing upwards ) or wool article
on a flat surface or drying rack. Dry in
the shade, away from direct sunlight or heat.