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The natural lanolin in the sheepskin keeps the wool soft & cuddly. Sheepskin is an amazing material & has self-cleaning properties, is naturally anti-bacterial & repels water, therefore to keep your FLATOUTbear in great condition, it does not need to be washed frequently.
Your FLATOUTbear does NOT need to be washed before use.
If your FLATOUTbear is loved & cherished every day, its lifespan can be limited. In order to prolong the life of your FLATOUTbear, spot clean any significant marks & only wash your FLATOUTbear if it is really dirty, following the detailed washing instructions below.
The sheepskin of the FLATOUTbear can be affected by washing & the texture of the wool can change. please take this into consideration before washing.
step 1: wait for a nice, dry & sunny day
step 2: dissolve a small amount of sheepskin detergent* or woolwash (i.e. non-alkaline mild liquid detergent wool wash) in a bucket of cool water (never use hot water)
to spot clean your FLATOUTbear
step 3: dip a soft cloth into the water
step 4: spot clean the dirty mark (don’t saturate the FLATOUTbear)
step 5: gently rub dry with a clean dry cloth
step 6: dry flat in shade (see detailed in step 7 below)
to wash your FLATOUTbear
step 3: slosh your FLATOUTbear up & down a few times in the solution; you want a gentle action of water moving through the wool to dislodge dirt particles
step 4: rub gently by hand until clean
step 5: rinse with cold running water
step 6: gently squeeze excess water from your FLATOUTbear – DO NOT WRING DRY. roll the FLATOUTbear in a dry towel to squeeze out any moisture
step 7: lay your FLATOUTbear on a clean, dry towel, pulling it into shape, making sure it is flat. allow to dry in the shade. please be patient as this can take a day or two depending on the weather. it is important that it dries slowly away from direct heat i.e. direct sunlight & artificial heat as the hide can shrink &/or harden. don’t be tempted to speed up the drying process. natural air flow helps the drying process. fast drying shrinks & hardens the hide
Please DO NOT put your FLATOUTbear in the washing machine (even on a hand wash cycle) nor in the dryer.
Naturally thermostatic, sheepskin won’t only keep your baby cosy in winter but will also keep them cool in summer. In the winter and cooler months, the sheepskin provides warmth as the fibres capture and retain heat created by the body. On warmer days, the wool allows a flow of air next to the body and absorbs moisture keeping your child feeling cool and comfortable.
Kind on sensitive skin, sheepskin has naturally occuring lnolin in the fleece which is a natural moisturiser, so helps sooth and comfort baby's skin. Our shorn hair lambskins from all our suppliers are medically tanned and all our long hair rugs are eco-tanned, meaning they are free from any harmful chemicals to keep baby safe.
Sheepskin is naturally self cleaning, lanolin is packed with self-cleaning properties if left to hang in the air. This makes it a natural dirt repellent and has anti-bacterial properties, reducing the need for harsh chemical cleaning products.
Anti-bacterial qualities of sheepskin reduce instances of germs and illness and resist soiling, but further research in Germany has indicated that the microbes found in lambskin can also boost the immune system and reduce chances of developing asthma later in life.
Helping build childcare centres in Cambodia.
FLATOUT Bears and Rugs are made from 100% pure Australian sheepskin which is of course fully biodegradable. Helping to reduce the amount of long lasting polluting waste.
FLATOUTBear is also dedicated to helping others in need. They regularly support charities such as CEDAC Cambodia and Sunrise Children’s Village Cambodia.