Whether you purchase a fur hat, a fur coat or a fur blanket it is very important to properly care for your fur so that it will last you for many years to come. Fur is an extraordinary natural material that is known for its resilience and long lifespan. If you want your fur to look as beautiful as it was the day you bought it then here are some helpful hints on how to care for your fur
Where To Store Your Fur
- Fur is a fairly durable material so as long as you use common sense when caring for it your fur should last for many years.
- Furs should be stored in cold, dark spaces like closets. Avoid storing your fur in heat or direct sunlight, this will fade your fur.
- Make sure it has room to breathe and it is not crushed by other garments.
- Avoid insecticides, moth proofing, and other chemicals around on your fur, including perfume, hairspray and makeup. Perfume contains alcohol, which can dry your pelts. Once a perfume gets into your fur-including cedar from a cedar chest- it will be there to stay.
- In the off season it doesn’t hurt to send your fur to your local furrier for professional storage. This is optional but will ensure your garment stays in good condition through the warm months.
How To Dry Fur If It Gets Wet
- Don’t panic if your fur gets a little wet, most furs can handle snow and light rain.
- If your fur does get wet shake it out and hang it to dry in a well ventilated room. Resist the urge to speed the drying process with a hairdryer or by hanging near a heating vent, remember that furs do not like heat.
- After the fur dries you can then shake it again and comb or brush it gently if the hairs seem a little bristly.
- If your fur has been soaked thru you should immediately take it to your fur retailer for proper treatment.
How To Clean Your Fur
- If your fur garment gets dirty have it cleaned by a professional fur cleaner. Besides just cleaning, this conditions your fur. Glazing is a process that replenishes oils to maintain a furs longevity.
- Spot cleaning with soap and warm water works for small stains and smells but larger stains and heavy cleaning should be done by a professional
- Any local furrier who deals with fur products or a local dry cleaner who is familiar with fur cleaning will work.
- If you feel that your fur could use a little refreshing you may want to consider taking it to a local furrier for glazing.
Suede and Leather
- Suede and leather can be hard to clean. It is advised that you have suede cleaned professionally.
- If the light soil is not too bad you can rub suede with a clean dry towel, remember to always rub suede in one direction.
- Remove the stains or marks by gently rubbing them with a pencil eraser.
- Brush your suede with a suede brush, which has soft bristles with wire inserts (most stores sell this in the shoe area for suede shoes).