Ways to Get Your Horse Rug Super Clean

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Horse rugs get dirty – it’s to be expected. In fact, horse rugs can get really, really dirty, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get them super clean again. Here are some ways that you can help to clean your horse rugs.

Brush Off Dried Dirt

Before you wash your rug, let it fully dry and then brush off any caked-on dirt. Take a stiff brush to the rug and brush the outer side thoroughly. Shake it clean. Washing a rug which is caked with mud will likely only result in a muddy mess, so get as much dirt off ahead of time as possible.

Remove Hair

Despite thoroughly washing your horse rug, you may notice that a lot of horse hair is left behind. To alleviate this, brush as much horse hair off of the rug’s underside as possible. If the underside is made of a fleece material, which attracts and holds hair, then gently use a wire slicker brush intended for cats or dogs. This brush, while small, can do an impressive job of removing clumps of horse hair, so the actual wash will have a better chance of thoroughly cleaning the rug.

Remove Leg Straps

The leg straps of your horse rug often get dirty and mud-caked, but putting them into a washing machine can damage the machine. Remove the leg straps before you wash the rug and put them into a bucket of warm, soapy water. Allow them to soak for a few minutes, then use a scrub brush to remove any debris from the straps and the clips themselves. Rinse thoroughly and allow the straps to dry.

Use a Rug Detergent

When you do wash your rug, only use a detergent intended for rug washing. If your rug is waterproof, using a regular laundry detergent can strip the waterproofing. Use cold water when washing your horse rug, and allow it to air dry – never put a horse rug in the dryer.

Invest in Professional Cleaning

For a deep-down thorough cleaning, you may want to hand your horse rug off to a professional. A professional cleaner has industrial-strength washing machines which are large and strong enough to thoroughly clean your horse rug. It may be a good idea to have your rugs professionally cleaned every few years or so to keep them in top shape and ready to go.

When it comes to cleaning your horse rugs, you can get your rugs super clean by using some various techniques. Clean rugs can help to keep your horse comfortable while preventing rug rubs or irritation.

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