How to Care for Fur

20 February of 2014 by

Fur requires special care to ensure that it will last; being natural, it will attract certain challenges during storage and care that you’ll need to address. Here are some suggestions.

Avoid placing odorous items next to fur when in storage. The odor will transfer and linger in the fur. Smells like to travel. At first the fur will protect itself and the smell will just sit on the hairs. At this point the smell is easily remedied with limited cost and effort. However, as time goes on, the smell will travel to the leather and will seep into it. Then the antidote is a much lengthier process of removing the lining to clean the fur inside and out. And the price for doing this goes up too.

Do not wait to remove stains. Leaving stains will make them much harder to remove and they have the potential to ruin the fur. Stains caused by lipstick, sweat, fat, etc. are better cleaned immediately because they spread with time.

Never iron fur or the lining. Ironing will ruin fur; the heat will penetrate to the leather and cause it to dry and tear eventually.

Only use items on fur that are guaranteed fur suitable. Do not spray fur with chemicals. Spraying your fur with bug spray or putting perfume on after you put on your coat, decreases the life of your fur. The harmful chemicals in each not only seep down to the leather making brittle but also can take away from the natural full look a fur has.

  • Do not use pet cleaning products or dry cleaning products to clean your furs.

Get fur fixed professionally. Avoid using glue on it under any circumstances. There are specials glues sold to fix leather. However, remember that the leather you buy and the leather underneath your fur have completely different properties and behave quite differently.

When storing fur, do not cover it with a plastic cover. This will cause it to sweat and might stain it. Fur needs to breath.

  • A good idea to cover your fur in a travel bag is when you are traveling for a few days.
  • Also if you are doing some home remodeling, the plastic travel bag can act to protect your fur from dust, odor and other particles. In this situation, a bed sheet works as well.’
  • Store fur folded or using hangers specially designed for fur. Don’t use normal hangers for fur, or you’ll risk breaking, marring, or stretching it. Fur is elastic and as you hang it on a small rod, it starts to stretch and start to tear over time. A good rule of thumb is to find a hanger that’s the width of your shoulder.

Store in a cool place where the temperature is even. Do not store in a overly humid or dry place where no air is circulating.

  • Your fur loves the same atmosphere as you. You do not like being hot. You do not like humidity. You will not be around a moldy place for long. You will put your face near a vent blowing hot or cold air.
  • Slightly colder is better than slightly hotter

Always allow fur to dry before putting away. Do not store your fur in the closet right after it has been exposed to rain or snow. This includes fur on boots and lining coat collars and hoods.

  • Dry your fur in an open space before storing it.

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