Did I ruin my sheepskin rug?

peachymomo(Ca 8)October 27, 2013

I got a sheepskin rug at the farmer's market a while ago and we love it, it's very nice in front of the fireplace. I was told that it was perfectly fine to use the washer/dryer to clean it so long as there was no heat. So I washed it and the skin turned all slimy and grew so weak that fingers could easily poke through it, it also took a very long time to dry. Now it is finally dry but the skin is still weird feeling, not like leather but like dried-out icky skin. Does it sound like I ruined my rug, or like the skin was never properly cured in the first place?

When I was a kid we always had a sheepskin rug in front of the fire and I remember the skin on those feeling like soft leather, they were also washed time after time and lasted more than a decade. Why is mine so different? Is there any way to fix it?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!

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peachymomo(Ca 8)

Well, just to update anyone who might be interested it seems that the answer was yes and yes. I ruined it, and it was improperly cured. Or you could say I ruined it because it was improperly cured. Either way it's ruined, so I gave it to someone who is willing to try curing it a second time and then sewing a backing onto it. I wish her luck!

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 7:14PM
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Badly cured rug ... it's the tanner's fault, not yours.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2015 at 9:09AM
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