Cleaning Medical Sheepskin

How to Clean Medical and Baby sheepskin

Medical and baby sheepskins may need to be cleaned more often, so they’re designed to be easily cleaned. There are a few methods available to you.

Spot Cleaning any of our Medical and Baby Sheepskin (smaller stains)

For smaller stains spot cleaning is ideal. We recommend using our Eucalan Sheepskin Wash or another bleach and enzyme free detergent. Detergents containing bleach and enzymes can damage a sheepskin product.

Things you’ll need:

  • Eucalan Wool wash (or similar cleaner)
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloth
  • A medical or baby sheepskin product that needs cleaning

Follow these steps for spot cleaning:

  1. Mix a cap-full of Eucalan cleaner with 500mL of warm water (100℉ / 38℃). Mix in a spray bottle for easy use.
  2. Gently apply mixture to soiled/stained area of sheepskin.
  3. Rinse out all suds and residue.
  4. Use a dry clean towel, patting gently, to remove excess moisture.
  5. Line dry or lay pad out to dry. Make sure not to dry the pad in direct heat or sunlight.

Hand and Machine Washing Ivory Medical and Baby Sheepskin

Only our medical sheepskin and natural ivory baby sheepskin should be hand or machine washed. Dyed baby sheepskin rugs and medical sheepskin with cotton backing should only be spot cleaned or professionally cleaned. Do not put any of our products in the dryer as this can damage sheepskin. Use a bleach and enzyme free cleaner such as our Eucalan Sheepskin Wash. Don’t use detergents like Woolite or Tide; these contain bleach and enzymes, which can damage sheepskin. Our Eucalan Sheepskin Wash contains Lanolin, which helps to maintain the health of sheepskin.

Things you’ll need:

  • A basin for water / Washing machine (depending on washing method)
  • Eucalan Wool wash (or similar cleaner)
  • An ivory medical or baby sheepskin product that needs cleaning

Follow these steps for Hand Washing:

  1. Use 5mL/1 tsp of Eucalan Wool Wash per 4L/1G of water.
  2. For ivory baby sheepskin and medical sheepskin, add water with a maximum temperature of 100°F / 38°C. 
  3. For the hi-temperature medical sheepskin, add water at a maximum temperature of 176°F / 80°C.
  4. Soak pad for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  5. Squeeze gently so soap and water runs through all the fibers.
  6. Remove pad and squeeze out excess water. Don’t twist.
  7. Line dry or lay pad out to dry. Don’t expose pad to direct heat or sunlight.

Follow these steps for Machine Washing:

  1. When washing ivory baby sheepskin and medical sheepskin, use a maximum temperature of 100℉ / 38℃. 
  2. For our hi-temperature medical sheepskin, add water at a maximum temperature of 176°F / 80°C.
  3. Use 15-30mL/1-2Tbsp of Eucalan Wool Wash per load.
  4. Lay pad out or hang to dry. Make sure not to dry the pad in direct heat or sunlight.

Note: Larger pads or more extensive soilage/staining may need to be professionally cleaned. Items with cotton backing must also be professionally cleaned. Bring these items to a cleaner who specializes in leather and sheepskin or a dry cleaner familiar with washing sheepskin.

Storing Medical and Baby Sheepskin

  • Do not store a medical sheepskin pad in a bag, box, or any other non-breathable material. Sheepskin must be able to breathe; this ensures that your medical sheepskin piece will not dry out or be exposed to condensation.
  • Be sure to store your medical sheepskin in a cool, well ventilated area.
  • Do not store in direct heat or sunlight.