Caring for your apparel is simply a part of responsible garment ownership. But fur coats require a special type of care, and some of the requirements for furs vary from those of the rest of your wardrobe. If you are curious as to how to properly care for your fur coat, we have you covered. Here is a list of the steps you should take for proper maintenance of your fur coats in order to ensure that they will always look great and will last you a lifetime:
- When hanging your fur after each use, make sure to use a broad-shouldered hanger. Never use wire hangers, as they can damage the structure of your garment. Ensure that the closet you choose provides adequate space for your fur to receive proper air circulation and to prevent broken or crushed hairs.
- Avoid spraying alcohol-based products such as perfume and hairspray directly onto your furs, as the alcohol can dry out the hairs. Also be aware of makeup rubbing off onto your fur, and watch for jewelry which can get caught in your coat and cause small tears or other damage.
- Make sure you do not hang your fur near moth balls. No matter what you may have heard about using them in storage spaces, moth balls can be extremely damaging to furs. Moth balls work by producing a fumigant gas when they come in contact with moisture in the air. This gas can damage the hairs on your fur.
- Keep your furs away from cedar closets. While they may smell lovely and serve as a wonderful location for storing the rest of your wardrobe, cedar is not good for fur. Cedar absorbs moisture from the space, and the absence of moisture can cause your fur to dry out and become damaged.
- Never store or hang your fur in a bag, even for short-term storage in your home closet. This includes cloth bags, some of which may claim to be safe for fur storage. Storage bags prevent proper air circulation, and air circulation around your fur is essential in order to prevent it from drying out. Plus, when a bag rubs against your fur it can crush and otherwise damage the delicate hairs. Storing a fur in a bag also gives it a “worn” look, which is essentially prematurely aging your garment.
- Keep your fur from becoming wet; wet furs damage more easily. If your fur becomes wet, shake it out as best you can and let it air dry in a well-ventilated room. Never use a heat source to dry your coat, as the hairs on your fur can become dry and more susceptible to breakage. If your coat has become soaked through, taking it to a professional immediately is advisable in order to prevent any long-term damage.
- Fur coats and all other fur garments should be professionally stored in cold storage at the end of the winter season or when you are done wearing them. Storing them in a standard closet in your home is inadequate because your closets do not protect from dust or insects. For this process, finding a fur storage professional is essential. (ML Furs, for example, offers these services in our facility designed for fur storage and maintenance.) Do not use a general apparel storage provider, as they are unlikely to be equipped to address issues such as proper humidity, temperature controls, and light exposure. You need your fur storage professional to address each of these concerns in order to prevent your fur from drying out or being damaged.
- Having your fur stored is also a great opportunity to have it cleaned. Your fur should be professionally cleaned at least once per year. This task, like your storage process, should be completed by a fur specialist. Do not trust the cleaning of your furs to your local dry cleaner. An annual, professional cleaning will help to remove small dirt particles that have built up in your fur. The result will be a softer coat, and therefore one which is likely to last longer.
- When your fur is being stored and cleaned, your fur care professional will be able to check for any small tears or areas of damage, which you should have repaired right away. And if you ever discover any tears or damage, you should always have these problems addressed immediately so as to prevent any further issues.
With proper care, your fur coat is an investment that will look great season after season, and will be sure to last a lifetime.