Fur is fairly durable, but there are things that you should know in order to properly care of your fur products like: Furs prefer cool temperatures, and hate heat; They don’t like friction, or chemicals; They like space, and to be cleaned but, only by a fur professional, etc.
Below you will find out 10 most important advices to fur care in order to keep yur Furs as new as the first day:
When a fur coat is not in use for longer periods of time - such as during summertime - it is preferable to store the fur with a furrier. He or she will have temperature, humidity and light-controlled storage facilities. If for some reason it is not possible to store the fur coat with a furrier, try to keep it in as cold and dark a place as possible.
A fur coat must be cleaned annually by a professional fur specialist - NOT a dry cleaner. Besides just cleaning, a professional fur cleaner will condition your fur. Dirt and pollutants will be removed during the cleaning process, and the leather side will be revitalised by having the necessary oils added.
Never attempt to mothproof a fur coat without the necessary professional skills. No kind of home treatment can work as a substitute for professional cleaning.
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 fur stays in good condition through the warm months.
If storing a fur coat at home, let it be a good one: Be sure to store your fur in a closet that is not exposed to light or heat. Light will cause the color of your fur to fade, heat can cause a fur to dry out.
Avoid leaving it hanging in direct sunlight, as the light can cause the fur to oxidise or change colour.
Never hang a fur coat on a wire hanger. Instead, you must use a broad-shouldered hanger. Furthermore, you must always make sure that the fur coat has room to breathe and is not crushed by other garments. It must have enough space in the wardrobe.
Store fur coats in cloth garment bags while travelling. Never use plastic bags or rubber-lined bags, as these will prevent air from circulating and the fur from breathing.
Always have small rips or tears repaired by a furrier immediately to prevent more expensive repairs later.
If your fur gets wet, don’t panic. Most furs can handle snow and a light rain with ease. Shake it out and hang it to dry in a well ventilated room. Please resist the temptation to speed the drying process with a hairdryer or any heat sources. Furs don’t like heat.
Never place it close to hot places such as a radiator, as these will dry out the fur and leather. After the fur coat is dry, shake it again. If the fur coat is soaked, take it to a furrier to make sure that it gets proper treatment.
Never comb or brush fur coats.
Avoid insecticides, moth-proofing, and other chemicals around on your fur; this includes perfume, hairspray and makeup. Perfume contains alcohol, which can dry a fur pelt. Once a perfume gets into your fur (including cedar from a cedar chest) it can be there to stay.