5:23 pm on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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.
- 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.
- 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.