How to Clean Pet Stains on Cowhide Rugs

First of all, let’s take several deep, cleansing breaths together. Depending on the severity of the pet stain, you may need to go into another room for fresh air.  There!  Feeling better?

Now, listen to me: it is going to be OK–I promise!  I know you spent thousands of  dollars on the cowhide rug that your cat/dog/baby used as litter box/fire hydrant/diaper. I’m going to let you in on a little secret that will change your thinking about these fabulous and fabulously expensive rugs: they’re made from animals.  Not just any animals–farm animals.

Now, I didn’t grow up on a farm or anything, but my general impression of cows is that they don’t spend a lot of time grooming or avoiding dirt, grime, and barnyard poop.  Chances are, this hide has already seen its fair share of yuck. It’s been cleaned with industrial-strength detergents before arriving fresh and new on your doorstep.  So, the next time your precious fur baby leaves you a little present on your cowhide (as my kitty, Oscar, did just this morning) follow these cow cleaning tips and get on with your life.

Cow Cleaning Tips

1. Use paper towels to remove what you can of the liquid or solid waste

2. Squirt a little gentle dish soap onto the offending areas

3. Using a stiff bristled cleaning brush dipped in a bucket of hot water, slowly pull the brush through the hide going in the direction of the hair. (Do this several times, rinsing in very hot water between turns.)

4. When you’re satisfied that the hair is clean, blot with a paper towel again to remove any excess moisture

5. As a final step, use a natural enzyme cleaning spray on the area.  The enzymes break down the scent that these little accidents leave. Now your pet won’t get confused and think that the rug is their new bathroom.

See how easy that was?  A few more tips: always check for colorfastness on a hidden area before you begin the big clean-up and if you have a patchwork-style hide rug, clean each part of the patch individually.

Hopefully there won’t be a next time, but if there is you’ll be prepared because now you know how to clean pet stains out of cowhide.  As for me and Oscar, well, it turns out he has a little tummy upset so I’m guessing this will be part of a series.  Look for “how to clean pet stains from sisal, sheepskin, and antique rugs” coming soon…

Do you have a tip on how to clean pet stains out of unusual materials? Let us know in the comments below!

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