How To Care For Your Cowhide Rug

Cowhide rug

There’s just nothing quite like the look and feel of a cowhide rug. And with the unique and varied selection of cowhide rugs available today, they can provide the perfect touch whether you’re going for a traditional, rustic look, a modern, sleek style, or something in between.

Fans of that rugged, country look can incorporate a natural cowhide rug into their décor, such as our Safavieh Cow Hide Beige Rug:

Natural CowhideMeanwhile, those looking for a trendy addition to their stylish, contemporary home might choose a modern twist on the traditional cowhide rug, like our Rugs USA Natural Metallic Brindle Cowhide Rug, with its glints of silver catching the light:

Metallic CowhideAnd for those who crave the luxury of cowhide but still want the traditional rectangular shape of an area rug, there are myriad cowhide patchwork rug choices available, such as our Rugs USA Prescott Cowhide Brown Rug:


Whether it stands alone or lies atop a sisal rug, a cowhide rug is sure to be a focal point in any room it adorns. So of course you want to make sure that you’re taking good care of it. Luckily, cowhide rugs are not difficult to care for. We’ve put together a few tips for the maintenance of your cowhide rug, to help you ensure that it looks as beautiful years from now as it did the day you bought it.

1. Shake your cowhide rug out once a week. It’s a good idea to take your cowhide rug outside for a vigorous shake on a regular basis. This is a great way to get larger particles as well as dust off your rug, since vacuuming needs to be done with some care.

2. Vacuum carefully. Cowhide rugs can be vacuumed, but be careful. If vacuuming normally, make sure that the vacuum brushes are not running. It may be safer, however, to simply use the hose attachment to vacuum up debris. Always remember to pull the hose in the direction of the hair.

3. Use a knife. If food or other substances get dried onto the hairs of your cowhide rug, the best way to remedy the situation is to use the blunt edge of a knife to scrape the substance off, always scraping in the same direction that the hair is lying.

4. Clean with mild soap and warm water. Any stains remaining can be scrubbed or wiped up using mild soap, warm water, and a soft brush. Feel free to scrub in all directions, but then dab up any remaining moisture with a clean towel.

5. Steam clean with little water. When it comes time for a deep cleaning, cowhide rugs can be steam cleaned; however, it’s important to remember not to soak them with too much water in the process.

6. Dry outside. When drying a cowhide rug, it should be draped over a chair or rack outside, hair side down, in order to protect the hair from the sun.

7. Don’t dry clean or wash in the washing machine. Cowhide rugs should never be allowed to become soaking wet, or be exposed to dry cleaning chemicals.

By following these 7 simple steps for cleaning your cowhide rug, you’ll be assured of years of beauty and enjoyment.