If you’re looking for an attractive animal skin floor covering that requires little in the way of special treatment, a cowhide rug is the perfect choice. Attractive as well as harder wearing than other types of hide, a cowhide rug can be a beautiful addition to any home or office. While this type of addition can be very low-maintenance and durable, there are a number of common problems that can occur. Being forewarned of them means you won’t need to panic, and you will be able to deal with the problem effectively.
A very common problem with cowhide rugs is that the corners curl. This happens because the edges of the rug tend to be much thinner than the rest of it. Don’t think you’ve bought an inferior quality rug if this happens, because it’s likely to happen regardless of how much you paid for it. It happens because heat has dried the hide out and caused it to shrink. Reverse the curls with a light spraying of clean water on the underside of the rug. Place a towel on the top and the underside, sandwiching the rug in between Then place some heavy books on top for a couple of days. After which the curl should have disappeared.
This problem doesn’t happen very often but when it does it can be very worrying. Don’t be tempted to wash the hide as this will be the worst course of action A few hours each day, for a few days, hung outside in the fresh, dry air will most likely remove any unpleasant smell.
Stains can be a problem, even if you’re the most fastidious person. Spills from food or drinks are a very common issue, whatever the floor covering you have. Any spills need to be cleaned as soon as possible after they have happened, in order to reduce the likelihood of staining. Remove as much of the spill with a spatula and then clean with a damp cloth. It is possible to use a mild soap solution, Alternatively, mix 5% white vinegar with 95% of water and apply with a damp cloth to the stain.
A good quality cowhide rug will last a long time, but like any flooring covering, it is susceptible to wear. Following the tips above, provided by Hide Rugs, will help your rug retain its beauty for much longer. For more information get in touch with the experts.