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Product Care & Cleaning

Sheepskin Rugs and Bed Covers.

With the proper care, a sheepskin rug or bed cover can last a lifetime.

Never subject sheepskin to direct sunlight. Never place sheepskin near a direct flame or intense heat.

Sheepskin has a natural ability to resist mildew and ground in dirt. However, there will come a time that it needs to be cleaned.
NEVER put natural sheepskin in a washing machine or dry with heat.The back of natural sheepskin is leather and if washed by machine or heat dried, it will lose it’s shape. Also, all the natural oils will be lost leaving your sheepskin without any protection or shine.
First either shake out or vacuum your rug.Do not use a vacuum with a beater brush. The high pile will get tangled in the brush and rip out. Always use an attachment.
All sheepskin products can be dry cleaned by an expert who specializes in leather or sheepskin.
If you want to clean it yourself, a sheepskin cleaner or mild detergent such as : Snowy, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo or Euclan, can be used. Do not soak your rug. Use a damp sponge. Hang to dry away from direct sunlight. Then use a metal brush, (a dog brush is fine), to raise the pile.

Car Seat Covers

Removing the seat cover occasionally and shaking it out also removes loose dirt and restores the fleece to its original condition. Remember that your seat cover is a fine woolen product and must be treated as such. Harsh washing and / or drying can cause permanent damage, therefore dry cleaning is recommended. If the seat cover is soiled, it may be washed without damage providing that proper instructions are followed:

  1. Hand wash in cool to luke warm water, using a mild soap designed for sheepskin.
  2. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and gently remove the excess water.
  3. Dry naturally without using direct heat. Stretch the skin during drying to prevent shrinkage.
  4. When dry, brush up fleece with a coarse pet brush to restore.
  5. Brush and vacuum at least once a month.

Please note if you are not comfortable cleaning the seat covers yourself, find a dry cleaner that specializes in cleaning leather.

Like any other natural product, if your seat cover is exposed to prolonged sunlight, some fading or color change can occur.

A typical sheepskin seat cover should last about 5 years. However, it is common to talk with customers who have had the same seat covers for over 15 years.

Faux Fur Rugs

Don’t be hasty to throw these in the wash. Dirt sits atop the fibers, so frequent and vigorous shaking is the best way to keep your rug clean and fluffed. Do not vacuum unless you have a special machine or attachments. No Beater Brush!
Do not dry clean.
Do not iron.
All rugs are machine washable in COLD WATER, GENTLE CYCLE, SHORT SPIN.
Line dry recommended. Do not use heat to dry.
Brush lightly while damp with a soft, nylon bristle pet brush.

Sheepskin Footwear

How to take care of your sheepskin slippers:
Caring for your slippers is easy. Get the most from your slippers by following these care instructions.
First off, don’t immerse your sheepskin slippers in water.
To clean the suede leather on the outside of your slippers:
* Use a damp cloth and diluted, mild detergent such as Ivory Liquid.
* Rinse the cloth and rub again.
* Remove moisture with a dry cloth.
You can also use a suede cleaner found in most shoe stores.

To clean the fleece on the inside of your slippers:
* Use a damp cloth and diluted, mild detergent such as Ivory Liquid.
* Rinse the cloth and rub again.
* Remove moisture with a dry cloth.
* Brush fleece lightly to renew nap.
* Let your sheepskin slippers dry in natural light away from direct sunlight.

To freshen your sheepskin slippers:
* Sprinkle baking soda over the fleece.
* Let your sheepskin slippers stand overnight.
* Shake and vacuum the fleece.
* Spray your sheepskin slippers lightly with an anti-bacterial spray.
* Let the spray dry thoroughly before wearing your sheepskin slippers.

Saddle Pads

Sheepskin saddle pads should be hand washed in cold water using a mild soap designed for sheepskin. Either Eucalan, Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo or Ivory Snow Flakes. It is no longer suggested to wash saddle pads in washing machine because we find that the agitator can be rough on the sheepskin and on the finely stitched quilt. Remove excess water in the pad by carefully squeezing the water out or by placing it in your washing machine on the SPIN CYCLE ONLY. DO NOT WRING THE PAD OUT as it may result in damaging the pad. Saddle pads should be line dried, OUT OF THE SUN. Lightly stretch the pad during the drying process to avoid shrinkage. DO NOT PUT THE PAD IN A DRYER OR USE HEAT TO DRY. Once dried, lightly brush the sheepskin with a pet brush to separate the wool fibers.

Also, sheepskin saddle pads must be allowed to dry between rides so that the sheepskin is given a chance to stabilize. Prolonged use of a pad without proper drying may cause stretching or contorting resulting in damage. Once dry, a light brushing with a pet brush will keep the wool fluffy.

Baby Rugs and Medical Bed Pads

Do not machine wash or dry.
For best results follow instructions for sheepskin rugs.

How Often Do You Need to Wash Your Mattress Pad?

You do lay on it eight hours a night, after all.

There’s nothing that ruins the feeling of just-cleaned sheets like realizing that your protective mattress pad is looking a little. yellow. We all know you’re supposed to wash your sheets every one or two weeks, but what about this pesky thing under your sheets? Our expert is here to share her wisdom.

But first things first, when we say mattress pad, we mean a traditional protective covering like this. Pillowy toppers are a different story since they come in so many varieties (consult the care label for the best washing instructions), and the foam versions can’t be washed at all. You’ll want to replace your topper when they’re not comfortable or supportive anymore.

But here’s the scoop on mattress pads:

You should wash your mattress pad every couple months.

"It’s only necessary to wash your mattress pad several times per year," says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "Sheets generally take more wear and tear than a mattress pad which is why they are washed more often."

This makes sense: You lay directly on top of the sheets, so they’re the first line of defense against body oils and dust getting to your mattress. Your mattress pad bears of that brunt, too, but not quite as much.

Forte recommends following the care label for specific cleaning directions, but in general, most mattress pads can be machine-washed in warm water and tumbled on low to dry.

But there are some exceptions.

If you have allergies, or let your dog or cat sleep in your bed, you might need to clean your pad more often. Gauge how much you should increase the frequency by considering the severity of your symptoms or how much your pet sheds. By trial and error, you might find that it’s necessary to wash the pad as often as weekly.

And if you spill food or drink, notice a stain, or find that it’s stretched out, wash the pad immediately.

Earn bonus points if you clean your mattress while the protector is in the wash.

It’s not everyday you have a bare mattress, so Forte recommends using this time to vacuum up dust (sprinkle the mattress with a little baking soda first to absorb odors). You can also spot-treat any stains, or spray the mattress with Lysol to kill bacteria. Just allow it to dry fully before making the bed again.

Washing and Drying Sheepskin:

Down-Under Wool is the Canadian distributor of

Woolskin: Sheepskin Detergent & Conditioner with Tea Tree Oil

Wool does not have to shrink- sheep do not shrink or harden in the rain! Shrinkage, felting and skin hardening are due to hot water, agitation, the use of inappropriate detergents or the use of a tanning procedure that does not allow for washing. ForWoolskinto be effective, the sheepskin must have been chrome tanned. Check the tag or stamp on the back of the sheepskin to determine whether the sheepskin is washable. If neither is present, the sheepskin is probably "dry clean only".

Hot water, agitation and poor detergents cause wool fibers to shorten and lock tightly together; causing shrinkage and felting.

Wash sheepskin and wool products using the following procedures.

Sheepskin Washing & Drying:

1. Make sure sheepskin is washable. Use cold or lukewarm water.

3. Wash= machine wash using gentle/wool cycle or hand wash in a tub.

4. Dry= Spin dry slowly, then lay flat with leather side up- away from direct heat or sun.

Detailed Instructions:

1.Use COLD or lukewarm water- NEVER HOT

(There is one exception: You can safely use hot water for HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins AS4480.1. These superior sheepskins have withstood more than 200 hot water( less than 80 o C ) wash and dry cycles while retaining their softness and pressure relieving properties. HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins are thermally disinfected when washed at 80 o C or 175 o F)

The use of excessively hot water:

  • Will damage leather and may cause it to shrink
  • May cause felting of the wool pile
  • May cause loss of colour
  • May make thorough rinsing much more difficult.
  • May set some stains and make them difficult to remove


Wool detergents eg Woolite, are not recommended for the washing of sheepskins as they may contain chelating agents, phosphates, alkali, bleach, peroxide, triethanolamine, sequestering agents, phosphoric acid or enzymes. All are harmful to leather and may permanently damage it.

This product has been developed by the tanning industry specifically for the washing of sheepskins and sheepskin products. It will keep the leather soft and supple while maintaining the luxurious hand or feel of the wool.

"Woolskin with Tea Tree Oil", a new generation product, will lubricate the sheepskin leather and give a distinct lustre and handle to the wool. The anti-bacterial in Woolskin remains in the washed article, providing continued action and prevention of odors. Woolskin kills mites ( the cause of house dust asthma) and washing with Woolskin will remove mite allergens.


  • Hand washing Sheepskin Rug/Overlay/Underlay :Add lukewarm water to the tub first. Then add the recommended amount of "Woolskin-with Tea Tree Oil"- 20 mL / lb of articles. Place the sheepskin in the solution and work it through the sheepskin for approximately 5-10 minutes. Squeeze by hand until clean. Rinse in cold water until it is clear. To remove excess moisture, use the spin-dry cycle of your washing machine. See drying instructions below.
  • Handwashing UGG Boots and Sheepskin Slippers:UGG BOOTS and Sheepskin Slippers should ONLY be hand washed. Use WOOLSKIN to wash and condition UGG Boots and sheepskin slippers. Place enough cool water ( hot water will damage them) in a tub to cover the items and add 40 mL of Woolskin. Leave for 10 minutes and then double rinse. Never put UGG boots or sheepskin slippers in a washing machine, as this can permanently damage the sheepskin. Do not dry your sheepskin or UGG boots in a dryer, near a heat source, or in direct sunlight. Instead, stuff the sheepskin slippers or UGG boots with paper towels, and let them dry naturally, away from heat. The towels will help the boots to keep their shape.We recommend that you useWoolskinto protect, clean and disinfect your sheepskin and UGG boots. Common boot products could damage them.
  • Machine wash:Machine washable Sheepskin may be cleaned in a washing machine using the wool or gentle cycle. Use the recommended amount of Woolskin:
  • 20 mL for a small load
  • 40 mL for a full load. Use half of these quantities for Front Loading machines. Select cold or warm wash. DOUBLE RINSE
  • Institutional Washing: Authentic Australian Medical Sheepskinsare used extensively in hospitals and Nursing Homes. When appropriate washing procedures are used ( see below), they may be transferred from one patient to another without cross infection.

Washing instructions for HiTemp Medical Sheepskins to meet thermal disinfection requirements.

Detergent * = Woolskin

The recommended detergent for institutional thermal and chemical disinfection isWoolskin. Acetic acid can be added to steps 1,5, & 9 to aid dye fastness ( pH controlled to 3.8 – 4.2)


Wool should be dried slowly and without exposure to direct heat or sunlight. Excess heat will damage wool and the leather of Medical Sheepskins. Place the wool item in the dryer ( no heat ). Use the "fluff or gentle cycle" only. Remove from the dryer and place the sheepskin ( leather side facing upwards ) or wool article on a flat surface or drying rack. Finish drying away from direct sunlight or heat. Wool does best with 15% residual moisture.

Do Not use direct Heat or direct Sunlight to dry sheepskin.

Air dry sheepskins with the leather facing upwards .

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Sheepskin Wool Mattress Pad – Queen Size


  • 100% wool – has superior recoil properties
  • Resists compression – has a naturally springy resilience
  • Eases pressure points – less tossing and turning
  • Amazing insulating qualities – warm in winter, cool in summer
  • Naturally flame resistant – safe sleeping environment
  • Easy care – machine wash and dry
  • Non-allergenic – a plus for those with allergies
  • Environmentally safe – natural wool fiber is biodegradable
  • SnugStraps hold on any mattress – 2 in. elastic straps have three rubberized strips
  • Place on mattress directly under the sheet
  • Polyester backing
  • Easy care – machine wash separate on a gentle cycle with cold water and enzyme free detergent, or submerge by hand. Line or air dry.
  • Matching Sheepskin Wool Pillowcase sold separately
  • Made in USA


  • Fits a Queen size mattress
  • Approx dimensions: 60X80 inches
  • 1 inch pile height
  • Weight of 40 oz./linear-yard

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Customer Questions & Answers

Do your get the benefit of the wool even if it is under the sheet and not next to the skin?

A: You will still benefit from the qualities of sheepskin if it is under a sheep. The best way to experience all the great qualities would be to sleep right on top of it. However even with the sheet it will still evenly distribute your body weight.

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Experiencing trouble sleeping? Rest assured that we have the answer to your restless nights. The Premium SnugSoft Mattress Cover offers extreme plush comfort. With a pile height of 1 3/4 inches, you can sink into cozy comfort.

Made from the highest grade of 100% virgin wool, this deep piled, biodegradable wool mattress cover provides extreme relaxation with its naturally springy resilience. You can enjoy an uninterrupted, quality sleep as this natural material eases pressure points, as well as other aches and pains.

With the ability to regulate body temperature, this wool mattress protector will keep you cool in the summer and cozy warm in the winter – wool is able to adapt to your fluctuating body temperature throughout the night. This mattress pad offers a safe sleeping environment with its naturally flame resistant and non-allergenic properties.

The wool fleece mattress pad may appear flat at first. Shake it out vigorously or air fluff it in the dryer with no heat to return it back to its natural state. Avoiding direct sunlight, it is suggested that the mattress topper is aired out outside prior to use.

Each corner of the wool mattress pad has a 2 inch elastic band with three rubberized strips to stop it from moving around. Place the pad, wool side up, on top of the mattress directly under the sheet.

Medical Sheepskin Care

General Care:

  • Products benefit from regular vacuuming on medium suction using standard nozzle attachment only. Do not use rotating vacuum heads.


  • When machine washing, use a maximum temperature of 100℉ / 38℃.
  • For liquid spills, dampen a cloth with diluted Eucalan cleaner and spot clean. Read our step by step guide to cleaning medical sheepskin.
  • For large stains, we suggest bringing your rug to a professional leather/sheepskin cleaner.
  • Air dry sheepskin naturally in a shaded area.
  • Avoid putting sheepskin directly in the sunlight as this may cause fading.
  • Only use cleaners that are bleach and enzyme-free like Eucalan.
  • Product should be stretched into original size and shape while damp prior to drying.
  • Do not put sheepskin in the dryer.

Genuine Sheepskin Underlay/Bed Pad

New Zealand made from real medical grade sheep skins, our premium sheepskin mattress cover provides supreme comfort for all ages year round.

  • SingleUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €502.40
  • King SingleUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €644.00
  • DoubleUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €698.82
  • QueenUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €913.50
  • KingUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €1,050.53
  • US KingUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €1,096.21
  • Super KingUsually 6 to 22 days EUR €1,114.48
Product IDBE110
BrandKiwi Sheepskins / Classic
Material(s)Genuine medical sheepskins, polyester lining, cotton backing
Wool Length (approx.)20-25mm (1in.)
Bed SizesSingle: 96x183cm (38x72in.)
King Single: 107x203cm (42x80in.)
Double: 137x183cm (54x72in.)
Queen: 152x213cm (60x84in.)
King: 183x213cm (72x84in.)
US King: 193x203cm (76x80in.)
Super King: 198x213cm (78x84in.)
WashableYes – hand or machine wash
Warranty12 months
Country of ManufactureNew Zealand
Stocked itemNo, special order item


Our product line meets the NZ Government definition of essential items to provide warmth. We can send orders both domestically and internationally and our online store is taking orders 24/7. Please note that we can only ship in-stock items as the factories are shut for the next few weeks so any special-order items will be delayed until after the NZ Lockdown ends which will hopefully be towards the end of April.

Unfortunately we cannot currently ship to Japan, Taiwan or Malaysia and shipments to Europe and the UK may be delayed. Shipping times to Australia and North America have not been significantly impacted.

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