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The Care Guide: Shearling Sheepskin

Learn how to treat you wardrobe of shearling sheepskin with care. Read this care guide to get techniques on how to clean your shearling sheepskin coats and jackets yourself or...

Sheepskin is a natural pelt that features sueded leather on one side and soft, plush wool on the other. Lightweight and luxuriously supple, sheepskin is one of nature's greatest sources of insulation. Its soft wool fibers are naturally thermostatic, wicking away moisture for year-round comfort and breathability. Shearling is simply sheepskin with the wool shorn slightly to create a uniform look and feel.

Nick Men's Winter Sheepskin Leather Coat

When cared for properly, a quality shearling sheepskin garment or home décor item can last a lifetime. Follow our care and cleaning guide to get simple cleaning and care rules detailed below and enjoy years of comfort and style.

Here are few general rules to follow: 

  • Store away from direct sunlight.
  • Store in breathable cloth bags—never in plastic, PEVA, or vinyl.
  • Keep away from high heat sources, such as blow dryers and radiators.
  • Do not rub or brush sheepskin when it's wet.

  • For deep cleaning always go to a cleaner that specializes in leather, sheepskin, or fur. Contact our Atelier Experts

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us, no matter where you purchased your sheepskin or leather product. We're open and happy to help 7 days a week via email, chat, or by calling (514) 387-0265.

Caring for Shearling Sheepskin Jackets and Coats

When treated with care, a high-quality sheepskin jacket will provide years of enjoyment. Here are a few tips to help you maximize the longevity and beauty of your jacket.


To preserve the shape of your jacket, use a large, curved hanger with broad ends when hanging, storing, or drying it. Always store your jacket in a breathable garment bag made of cotton or woven fabric. Plastic dry-cleaning bags and PEVA or vinyl bags do not allow air to circulate, which can cause discoloration and damage the integrity of your jacket.

Be sure to hang your coat away from direct light sources of all kinds in order to avoid fading.


While sheepskin can be worn in the rain or snow, it's best not to fully saturate it with moisture. If your jacket gets wet, just shake off the excess water or snow, blot dry with a clean towel, and hang your jacket to dry at room temperature, making sure to avoid any direct heat sources.

Do not vigorously rub your sheepskin jacket, as that will force the moisture deep into the leather and damage the garment.

Elizabeth Shearling Jacket

After your jacket is thoroughly dry, use a suede brush to brush the nap of your jacket's exterior — unless it has a Nappa finish, in which case it's best to just rub the jacket lightly with a soft towel. You can fluff the inside wool lightly with a wire brush.


To clean up small spills on your sheepskin jacket, wipe with a damp cloth, and gently pluck any debris or dirt stains from the suede with tweezers. You can also use a scouring pad to lightly rejuvenate the suede and remove dirt marks at the same time.

To treat liquid spots on your sheepskin jacket from grease, drinks, etc., sprinkle a layer of corn starch directly onto the spot and let it sit for a day or two (the bigger the stain, the longer you should let the corn starch sit). When you're ready, dust off the corn starch and brush the nap of the suede with a suede brush. If your jacket has a Nappa finish, do not use a suede brush; rather, rub lightly with a soft towel.

We do not suggest having your sheepskin jacket dry cleaned, as it can remove the garment's natural oils. In case of extreme soiling or stains, contact a leather and sheepskin specialty cleaner. We recommend to discover our Dimitri Atelier services or contact one of our experts in Montreal city, QC, at (514) 387-0265.


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