Fur Care Tips

Well you have purchased your new fur coat and are very excited about wearing it.  But, hopefully this was no impulse purchase!  Fur coats take a lot of time and energy to care for as they are more of an investment than a simple one time purchase and forget.  There are a lot of details in the cleaning, maintaining, and storage of your new fur coat.  We will also be doing many blog posts on this topic.

How do you clean your fur?

  • 1) Understand the fur cleaning and conditioning process. Unlike wool, silk or cloth, which is cleaned by immersion, the abrasion method is used to clean fur. The furrier prepares a drum filled with sawdust and a chemical solution. The fur technician places the fur coat into the drum. The garment is tumbled repeatedly to remove all dirt, oils and odors. A glazing solution is then applied to the fur to add sheen and restore the soft and fluffy texture.
  • 2) Determine if your fur coat requires special services. Light-colored and white furs require special attention. Ermines, foxes, white minks and chinchillas may yellow due to sunlight. Your furrier will add a special whitening agent to restore the fur back to its original color.
  • 3) Find a professional furrier with a cleaning service. Not all furriers are alike. Some furriers create an in-house cleaning facility that cleans furs onsite. Others may send their furs coats off to an independent company that specializes in cleaning and glazing. Ask your furrier to explain their cleaning process in detail to select the best vendor to clean your fur coats.
  • 4) Spot clean your fur coat to remove excess moisture. If your fur coat gets wet after a quick walk in the rain or snow, shake it out and hang it in a cool dry space. Do not rub away the excess water or dab the water with a white cotton cloth. Have the garment professionally cleaned to prevent matting of the fur and odors.
  • 5) Clean your fur coat once a year. Perfumes, perspiration and spilled liquids can damage fur, so plan to clean your fur pieces annually. Before you store your fur in a temperature-controlled environment, have it cleaned and repaired.

These tips should help any new or old fur owner and can easily be found all over the internet or by contacting your local furrier.  Here are some more tips that you should know as a fur coat owner, hopefully you can share this information with new fur owners as you become used to the entire process.

Storing a Fur Coat

  •  Hang the fur coat on a padded hanger.
  •  Put the coat into a large pure cotton bag, securing the bag tightly just under the hook of the hanger.
  •  Hang in a dark cool closet.
  •  Remove the coat from the bag every 3 months and shake it out.
  •  Place it back in the bag and return to closet.

Drying a Fur Coat That Has Been Used in the Rain or the Snow

  •  Hang the fur coat on a padded hanger.
  •  Blot the wet coat gently with a clean white cotton towel.
  •  Hang the coat in a warm dry place away from direct heat or sunlight.
  •  Shake the coat out when dry and store as usual.

Cleaning a Spill on a Fur Coat

  •  Hang the fur coat on a padded hanger.
  •  Blot the spill gently with a clean dry white cotton towel.
  •  Take the coat to a professional cleaner which specializes in the care of furs as soon as possible.

Tips & Warnings

  • During the summer months, its best to have your fur professionally stored in cold storage.
  • Never store a fur coat in plastic.

These are all great tips to live by, as I said before fur coats are an investment and if treated right you can enjoy them for many years to come.  These tips can be found all over the Internet in different variations, hopefully you take a look at these and make the changes in your fur coat lifestyle if you need to.

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