Ten steps to fur care
One of the wonderful things about fur is that it can last the better part of a lifetime. Fur is the most perfect and luxurious material that nature has provided us with, and it has to be treated with love and respect. Below you will find 10 steps to ensure your fur a long and beautiful life.
1. 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 it is for some reason not possible to store the fur coat with a furrier, try to keep it in as cold and dark a place as possible.
2. A fur coat must be cleaned annually by a fur specialist – NOT a dry cleaner. Dirt and pollutants will be removed during the cleaning process, and the leather side will be revitalised by having the necessary oils added.
3. 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.
4. If storing a fur coat at home, avoid leaving it hanging in direct sunlight or in a brightly lit area, as the light can cause the fur to oxidise or change colour.
5. 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 enough space in the wardrobe so it will not be crushed.
6. 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.
7. Always have small rips or tears repaired by a furrier immediately to prevent more expensive repairs later.
8. If a fur coat gets wet, shake it and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. 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.
9. Never comb or brush fur coats.
10. Avoid spraying any kind of chemical onto fur coats. This includes perfume and hairspray.
• Unless you have a very delicate fur like chinchilla, your fur hat is a fairly durable item and simply must be treated with common sense. Furs like cold, hate heat. They don’t like friction, or chemicals. They like space, and to be cleaned. – but, only by a fur professional.
• Give it a good home. Be sure to store your hat in a closet that is not exposed to light (which will fade your fur) or heat. Make sure it has room to breathe and 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.
• 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 near a heat source. Remember furs do not like heat. After it dries you can then shake it again. Comb or brush it gently if the hairs seem a little bristly. If your fur has been soaked thru, however, take it immediately to your fur retailer for proper treatment.
• In the off season it doesnt hurt to send your fur hat to your local furrier for professional storage. This is optional but will ensure your hat stays in good condition through the warm months.
• If your fur hat 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. You may consider taking your hat to a furrier for glazing if you find that it needs to be refreshed.
• Suede and leather can be hard to clean. It is advised that you have suede cleaned professionally. However there are a few steps you can take if the light soil is not too bad: • Rub suede with a clean dry towel – 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).