Proper Storage of Fur Hats

Taking care of a fur hat is actually a two part process; caring for the fur is important but taking care of the hide is what makes your fur last.  

Of course a cold storage facility is always the best place for any fur garment but you can keep your fur accessories beautiful for many years by taking care of them properly yourselves.

 

DO

  • store your hat in a cool, dry place, away from the heat and sun and let it breathe
  • storing the fur hat on a shelf in a large closet with air circulation is the best place in your house
  • fur hats can be stored within loose tissue and open hat boxes

NOTE: If you are concerned about pest problems try tucking a dryer sheet near the hat, just make sure it does not come into direct contact with your fur. It is always a good idea to check your hat periodically during the summer months.

 

DON’T

  • never put your fur hat into a washing machine, dryer, or dry with a hairdryer
  • fur cannot handle excess heat, it will dry and crack, letting go of the fur to create bald spots
  • do not store your fur hat in a cedar closet or cedar chest
  • the oils in the cedar will damage the fur and cedar will absorb the necessary moisture in the hide, leaving the hat dry
  • do not expose your fur hat to mothballs, they will react with the natural oils in your fur and damage your hat
  • never crush or flatten your fur hat
  • do not store it in a plastic bag or packed tightly with other things, friction will damage your fur

NOTE: Avoiding prolonged exposure to moisture is as important as not letting it dry out. Never wash or dry clean your fur hat, if needed take it to a professional fur cleaner before you store it for the off season.