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Love your fur and it will keep on loving you. With some common sense and following these important tips, you can keep your fur in peak condition for many years. The first thing to remember is that furs hate heat, chemicals, friction, and cramped spaces. But they thrive on the following:
How to clean a fur
Cleaning your fur can seem quite onerous if you do not know how to go about it. Here are easy steps to clean your fur to achieve better results.
How do you store a fur coat at home?
Are you wondering how you to most safely store your fur coat at home? Then worry no more. The fur coat should be stored in the coolest, darkest closet available in your home. Always make Use of Fur Storage Bags to avoid Moth Balls. Fur coats should never be stored in a plastic bag, as the bag will cut off the air supply and may cause the pelt and fur to dry out.
How to care for your rabbit fur clothing
This is easy; always hang your fur coat on a broad-shouldered clothes hanger in an ample space in your closet (never squeeze a fur coat into a cramped corner). Use a cloth bag when traveling; never store your fur in a plastic bag (this will dry your coat out)
A Safe Home
During the winter, give your fur ample closet space and be sure it is not exposed to light or heat, which can cause fur to oxidize and change color.
Lots of Support
During the season, always hang your fur on a broad-shouldered hanger. Wire ones are a no-no. In fact, ask your furrier for a professional hanger.
Fur needs air circulation to keep its leather side from drying. Don't cover it in a plastic bag. If you absolutely must keep it covered for a short period of time, be sure it's in a loosely woven cloth bag.
Nothing shortens the lifespan of a fur like keeping it cooped up in the closet during hot summer months. Even using air conditioning or a cedar closet, will not protect your fur from drying out or from dust, dirt and insect damage. For best storage of your fur clothing at home, it is recommended you get a fur vault. Fur vaults are specially designed environments, with carefully controlled temperature and humidity. When furs are not professionally stored, though the fur may appear undamaged, the natural oils in the leather may have dried out, prematurely aging your garment and leaving it more vulnerable to rips and tears.
Furs should be cleaned once a year, and by a fur specialist, never a dry cleaner. Your fur may not look dirty but it needs freshening nonetheless to remove small abrasive dirt particles and chemicals and keep it soft. The cleaning process includes a glazing procedure, which enhances the luster of your fur. It is also the ideal opportunity for your furrier to spot-check for any necessary repairs - before minor problems become more serious.
Furs don't appreciate being pricked or snagged with accessories like sharp jewelry. Also, avoid using shoulder bags on a constant basis because straps can break fur hairs and create bald patches. Avoid getting perfume or hairspray on your fur and, whatever you do, don't try treating your fur with insecticides or mothballs. Leave the protection to your furrier.
Calm in a Storm
Most furs can handle snow and rain with aplomb; so don't panic if your coat gets a little wet. Just shake it out and hang it to dry slowly, away from direct heat. Resist the temptation to use a hair dryer, and don't comb or brush fur. If your coat has been soaked through, take it immediately to your furrier for proper treatment.
A few other important things to know:
Fur is fairly durable, but there are things that you should know in order to properly care for your fur products properly. 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.
Give it a good home. 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. Make sure it has room to breathe and is not crushed by other garments.
Things you need to avoid
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.
What to do if fur gets wet
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. Remember that furs don’t 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 a furrier for proper treatment.
In the offseason, 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.
Get a Professional Fur Cleaner
If your fur gets dirty, have it cleaned by a professional fur cleaner. A professional fur cleaner will not just clean but condition and Gaze your fur. Glazing is a process that replenishes oils to maintain a furs longevity. You may consider taking your fur clothing to a furrier for glazing if you find that it needs to be refreshed.
Follow These tips carefully and you will ultimately enjoy a lasting, lovely fur experience!