Our medical rug is the certified Hitemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskin AS4480.1. These rugs are specifically designed and manufactured for high temperature laundering. They are thermally disinfected when washed at 80ºc or 175ºF. Medical rugs can be hand wash or machine wash on delicate/wool cycle up to 80ºC or 175ºF, with ONLY wool detergent .
Give the wet rug gentle squeeze and a good shake to remove excessive water. Dry flat on clothesline or drying rack at a breezy spot and gently stretch to shape while damp. Keep away from direct sunlight and artificial heat (as these may damage the leather). After washing, the wool of long wool sheepskins may revert back to its natural curly state. You can help restore the fluffy appearance by gently brushing the wool while it is damp and again when it is dry. You will see some fibres lost and it is normal.
The certified Hitemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskin AS4480.1 is also urine proved. If the rug is contacted with urine, shake the liquid off from the rug and rinse it with cold water immediately. The natural oil on wool pile will help to keep any liquid on the outer layer of wool. Rubbing will however bring liquid further into wool pile.