Lay the rug over a fence and bang it to remove dirt and grass;
Use an old dandy brush to brush out the worst of the dirt.
Turn the rug over and brush the underside to get rid of the worst of the sweat and hair.
Fill a large bin with hot water and non-bio soap.,
Put the rug in the water and beat it with a clean broom.
Leave it to soak.
Lay it out on the floor and scrub it with a brush or broom.
Remove any straps that are removable.,
Make any remaining straps as short as possible and cover them with a sock to protect the washing machine.
Wash in the machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.,
Hang the rugs up on a strong washing line or over a fence, ideally in the wind and sun.,
Check that the rug is completely dry, especially if you are about to store it.
,,, and non detergent soap, as the detergent can harden the proofing layer and over time cause it to peel off.
,,,, Put them in a pillowcase or special wash bag to protect the washing machine.
,, It’s a good idea to add a small amount of disinfectant which will kill any bacteria and reduce odours.
, They can also be hung with the breast straps fastened over a pole, however the pole must be high enough to keep the rugs off the floor. If necessary hang them inside or under the stables overhang.