Caring for your fur
EASY CARE TIPS FOR FUR
Love your fur and it will keep on loving you. With some common sense and TLC, you can keep your fur in peak condition for many years. First thing to remember is that furs hate heat, chemicals, friction and cramped spaces. But they thrive on the following:
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. Home storage, even using air conditioning or a cedar closet, will not protect your fur from drying out or from dust, dirt and insect damage. 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 lustre 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 jewellery. 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 form 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.