Product Care

Below is a general guide to the best practice product care for OB products.

If you have specific questions not covered below or need to clarify any points, please don't hesitate to drop us an email at info@owenbarry.com.

Please remember, we all get a little older and shabbier over time, a well-loved and well used OB product is far better than one sat in the wardrobe never being enjoyed ..........

Sheepskin Clothing, Accessories and Double Face Sheepskin Throws

Sheepskin: 

Storage, please keep your OB sheepskin item in a clean dry dark place, preferably in a sealed dust bag, poly bag or garment cover. Unfortunately, moth can get into sheepskin especially if it is stored for long periods with other fabrics that attract moth.  Similarly if boxed in a garage for any length of time, rodents will attack it for bedding. 

Do not store under either natural or fluorescent light, both will fade the exposed areas quite quickly.

Sheepskin - Sueded

Overtime as sheepskin gets grubby, we would suggest the following: -

Buff the suede with a DRY scouring pad, the kind that you use for washing up, with the crusty on one side and the foam on the other.

We suggest you use the scouring pad, to generally brush off any grubbiness and revitalise the ingrained flattened suede nap. When brushing, try to use longer more fluid strokes rather than concentrating on a small area, make the area you are working on quite generous then you won't strip the colour from a single patch.

Please use the foam side first, and only progress to the tougher crusty side if really dirt and the foam isn't having any impact.

Shake and vacuum, after you have done the above, you will be surprised how a good shake and a vacuum will lift the dusty grubbiness.

Rain spotting and rain in general.

Always let the product dry naturally, in an airy warm environment – when dry, if there are rain spots on the suede – use the same scouring pad method above to brush the suede this will level the rain spots out and revitalise the suede nap.

Rain downpour – If you get your OB sheepskin piece saturated, let it dry naturally, in a warm airy place, when it is dry, you may find the pelt has become rigid so you have to “break it open”, you do that by manipulating it, twisting it around, kneading it, basically opening up the fibres of the pelt to make the skin softer and more flexible again – now take your trusty scouring pad ( above) and start revitalising the nap, brushing will bring back the velvety suede that has been flattened by the rain.

Other things  

Red wine, fruit squashes etc – all of these types of stains will benefit from spot washing ASAP, use a tepid mild soap or colour free gentle shampoo solution, spot wash and spot rinse with clear water – DO NOT IMMERSE.

Don't focus on just the stain in a small area,  it is better to work on a larger area, concentration in one place could have the effect of bleaching colour as you remove the stain.

Grease, oil & ink-based stains are NOT good, if you get any of these onto your product, it’s best that you contact us directly, as different stains need specific help.

Sheepskin: - Napalan or Hurricane finish, both of these are leather-based finishes, these finishes should offer a natural dirt repellent protection as a matter of course, however, if you get anything ugly on the napalan, can try spot washing as above (it won't hurt) or please contact us directly for help.

Sheepskin: - Wool side,  all the above suede treatments can apply to the wool side, but use a comb or brush instead of the scouring pad – the only  exception, if your product has tight curly wool, this will fuzz if you start to comb it, so it is better just vacuuming, shaking and spot washing.

DRY CLEANING - if none of the above has produced the result you want, then you could consider specialist dry cleaning; however, sheepskin & leather does not benefit from dry cleaning.

Whilst the cleaning process will remove dirt and grime from the skin, this process also removes some of the natural oils that soften the skin and the substances that colour the skin. This means your sheepskin garment will no longer feel the same and it is very likely there will be some colour change.  Please use a specialist dry cleaner to diminish the risk, but there is always a very high likelihood of some change, and the standard dry cleaners response to this change is to blame the quality of the skins, strangely not the process or the chemicals they use, , you will also be asked to sign a waiver - we don't feel that this is the best solution.

In light of all of the above, if you need any further help or advice, never hesitate to contact us

Sheepskin - Wool Out Interiors Products

Did you know? Sheepskin wool has an inherent dirt repellent, making it easy to keep looking great.

For all of our lifestyle products, we would suggest regular brushing, vacuuming and shaking, any or all of these will keep the wool from getting too matted and grubby.

If accidents happen and something gets spilt on your interiors product (especially red wine, or something sticky - jam - arghhhh !!) then all of these stains will benefit from spot washing ASAP, use a mild warm soap or colour free gentle shampoo solution, spot wash and spot rinse with clear cold water, towel dry – Do Not Immerse and try not to get too wet if possible, purely because it takes a while to dry.

Please never focus just on a small area,  it is always better to work on a larger area, concentration in one place could have the effect of bleaching the underlying colour as you remove the stain.

Melted choc or mud are always two favourites, so, as you would expect, common sense, just let it dry/harden and pick off as much excess as possible, then brush/comb off what is left on the wool fibres, if the wool, has been stained - spot wash as above.

Really, you can't go far wrong, - but if you have any questions never hesitate in giving us an email or phone call. 

Leather Upholstery skins for Lifestyle products 

These are pretty robust skins, they have to be,  as they suffer everything life chucks at them, really keeping our leather beanbags clean is a very simple task, wash with a warm gentle soapy solution and buff polish clean - that's it!  Not much should penetrate this leather, prolonged oil /grease or ink are the worst things and really once those stains are in the skin there is very little to remove it - sorry.  We can quote for replacement panels if this was something you wanted to investigate.

Handbags and Small Leather Goods

Suede products

Overtime as suede gets grubby, and the nap flattens  we would suggest the following: -

Buff the suede with a DRY scouring pad, the kind that you use for washing up, with the crusty on one side and the foam on the other.

We would suggest you use the scouring pad, to brush off any grubbiness and revitalise the ingrained flattened suede nap, ideally try to use longer more fluid strokes rather than concentrating on a small area at a time, if you work in a generous area then you won't inadvertently overwork and strip the underlying colour from a small area. Please use the foam side first, and only progressing to the tougher crusty side if the foam isn't having any impact.

Rain spotting and rain in general.

If your bag gets wet, always let it dry naturally, in an airy warm environment – when dry, if there are rain spots on the suede, use the same scouring pad above to brush the suede this will level the rain spots out and revitalise the suede nap.

Rain downpour – If you get your OB suede bag saturated, let it dry naturally, in a warm dry airy place, when it is dry the skin may have hardened a little, so now you have to “break it open”,  by manipulating it, twisting it around, kneading it, basically opening up the fibres of the pelt to make the skin more flexible again – now take your trusty scouring pad (above) and start revitalising the nap, bringing back the velvety suede that has been flattened.

Leather Bags