Care and storage instructions
Care and storage instructions.
Everyday Care Tips for Natural Fur Coats
- Your fur coat should always be hung on a broad, sturdy hanger to keep the shoulders from loosing their shape. The neck of the hanger should be long enough to keep the collar of the coat away from the hanging rod.
- Do not hang a fur in a garment bag, especially a plastic bag, that doesn't breathe. The fur needs air circulation to keep the hide from drying out and cracking.
- Do not leave jewelry pinned to your coat as it can mat the fur. When wearing your coat, do not use a shoulder bag consistently because it can wear away the fur and leave a bald spot. Wearing a scarf around your neck will prevent body soil and make-up from soiling your coat.
- Avoid using hairspray or perfume when wearing your coat. The formulas of most brands contain alcohol which can dry the hides. Any oils in the products may penetrate the fur and eventually become rancid. The odor is nearly impossible to remove.
- If you will be sitting for a long period of time, you should take your coat off to avoid crushing the fur. If you can't remove the coat, try to change positions often so that the fur will not be crushed in one spot over and over again. If possible, remove your coat and use it more like a blanket in your lap.
How to Clean Natural Fur
- If you get caught in a light rain or snow, simply shake out the fur and remove as much water as possible. Hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Do not use a hair dryer or any direct heat on the fur. After it is dry, shake again to fluff the fur and brush out gently with an animal brush.
- If your coat gets completely soaked with water, you should take it to a professional fur cleaner immediately.
- Your coat should be cleaned every year by a professional fur cleaner-not a dry cleaner. Even if you don't wear it often, animal fur gathers dust, oils, and odors. Professional cleaning will add luster and shine to the fur and keep it from becoming matted.
Professional Natural Fur Cleaning Process
- A fur professional will inspect your coat for stains, rips, and tears. The linings are hand-cleaned with specific attention to spots and stains.
- The fur is then placed in a large drum filled with sawdust and an environmentally-safe cleaning solution. The coat is tumbled in this drum which draws the dirt and oils from the fur. The coat is then vacuumed to remove the sawdust and hand steamed to remove any final residue.
- The next process involves "electrifying" the coat. Using large rollers, electricity is used to make each hair lift, separate, and lie in the same direction. The process is similar to static electricity that makes each of our hairs stand separately on our heads.
Off-season Storage of Natural Fur
- Fur hates heat. It is not the actual hair that is affected, it is the hide or leather that can dry out, become stiff, and crack.
- The optimum storage temperature for natural fur is 45 degrees F. and 50 percent humidity. In fur storage vaults, the room is dark which prevents bleaching and fading of the color. Moths and other insects cannot survive at that temperature.
- Furs that are properly stored during hot weather can last up to fifty years or more.