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How to wash a cowhide rug. Can cowhides easily be cleaned?

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Yes they can, they are in fact a very family friendly and easy to care for rug option. I am proud that I was the first person in the world to write instructions on how to clean a cowhide rug. And these instructions where then copied worldwide and in some cases changed to make them incorrect.

For example some websites say that you can hose a cowhide rug down outside, please don’t do that, unless the cowhide has been caught in a flood in which case it is already wet and you can’t damage it more than it already is, I really don’t recommend getting the leather wet if you can avoid it.

So after years of actual experiments (yes I intentionally spilled things on my cowhide rugs to see what happens), trial and error, years of using cowhide rugs as my main floor rugs at home and feedback from hundreds of customers, my cowhide cleaning instructions have recently been tweaked and updated.

And in another exciting world first we have developed a specialized cowhide cleaning product that we know will do a much better job and most importantly is safe for the leather. The natural ingredients actually moisturize your rug and make the hair glossy and healthy looking again. We recently went live with a special website all about our Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner product that includes information like the ingredients.

Read about an extremely dirty white cowhide rug and how well the cowhide cleaner works (including photographic proof) in our blog article. Or how a lady in Australia cleaned an old smelly cowhide that her cat had pee’d on our blog article.

People often ask me about thing like red wine spills on cowhide, this is the least of your troubles. The Gorgeous Creatures cowhide cleaner is designed for general cleaning of dirt and grime but it also has some magic ingredients. What do you do when your cat throws up or your dog pees on your rug? Our cowhide cleaner is antibacterial and deodorizes any bad smells and nasty accidents. Rescuing your cowhide from all kinds of nasty spills.

If you want to save your valuable cowhide rug when accidents do happen this product should be in your cupboard ready to go when you need it. The cowhide cleaner is not a stain remover, you need to treat a spill as soon as it happens to avoid the staining.

We have made a video showing you how easy it is to use this spray-on wipe-off product spilling all kinds of terrible things onto a cowhide and washing it off right in front of you. Here is a link to the video on YouTube.

Cowhide cleaning video common spills

For full instructions on how to care for your cowhide rug visit our main website here. Or Click here to buy our cowhide cleaning product.

Special cowhide rug cleaner that is safe for the hair and the leather.
Special cowhide rug cleaner that is safe for the hair and the leather.

 Use this cowhide cleaner to solve these cleaning issues:-

  • Dust, dirt and mud on a cowhide rug
  • Red wine or orange juice spills on cowhide rugs
  • Food spills, chocolate, oil, grease and fat, sauce, squashed fruit and other food on cowhide rugs
  • Dog, cat or child urine or excrement on cowhide rugs
  • Blood from cuts or stubbed toes
  • Dog, cat or child throw-up on cowhide rugs
  • Cowhide rugs that children have drawn on with coloring-in markers or crayons
  • Makeup on a cowhide (don’t ask us how makeup gets down there!)
  • Cowhide rugs that have been caught in a flood

Use this cowhide cleaner on these skins:-

  • Cowhide rugs
  • Cowhide covered ottomans and furniture
  • Cowhide patchwork rugs
  • Calfskin rugs
  • Goatskin rugs
  • Reindeer skins
  • Deer skins like red deer or fallow deer

How to see posts from the Facebook pages you like – simple settings to add to interests and get notifications

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So the Facebook rumours are true. Facebook now needs you to tell it which pages and content interest you the most. Liking a page is not enough anymore and you are probably only seeing 5-10% of the posts from your favourite pages. Don’t let Facebook control you, you need to control Facebook.

The fix for this is simple, first go to the page within Facebook that you already like, once on the page (for example the Gorgeous Creatures page) click on the little ‘cog’ icon with the downward facing arrow next to the word ‘liked’, this is at the top right just under the main banner image (also called the cover image) – see example photo below.

Facebook add to interests instructions

After you click the little ‘cog’ icon a drop down menu will appear, then select (tick) the first option which is ‘Add to interests’ lists’. Interests’ lists allow you to group your pages onto groups. For example some of my page interest groups include interior décor, photography and social media. Create a new list or add to an existing list. Just follow the on screen prompts.

The final step is to hover your mouse over the ‘liked’ word to the left of the cog icon (it says liked because you have already liked this page right?) and a drop down menu will appear. Tick both the ‘Get notifications’ and ‘Show in news feed’ options. These settings can be changed at any time.

Facebook get notifications instructions

I hope these instructions help. I know that I had lots of trouble finding a clear and simple explanation of these Facebook settings so fingers crossed they work for you too. So please like our Gorgeous Creatures Facebook page if you love interior décor, cowhide rugs, cowhide ottomans, possum fur throws and blankets and all things beautiful. We share really nice content from other pages like NZ House & Garden Magazine and which are both fantastic pages too. Happy Facebooking!