General fur care & cleaning guidelines
Fur is fairly durable, but there are things that you should know in order to properly care for fur products. Furs should be kept in cool temperatures, and not in heat. Avoid friction and chemicals on your fur pieces. Fur needs 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 that it is not crushed by other garments.
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.
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. You may want to comb or brush it gently if the hairs seem a little bristly. If your fur has been soaked through, however, take it immediately to a furrier for proper treatment.
In the off season, it doesn’t hurt to send your fur to your local furrier for professional storage. This is optional, but will ensure that your fur stays in good condition during the warm months.
If your fur gets dirty, have it cleaned by a professional fur cleaner. Besides just cleaning, a professional fur cleaner will condition your fur. Glazing is a process that replenishes oils to maintain a furs longevity. You may consider taking your fur article to a furrier for glazing if you find that it needs to be refreshed.
Suede and leather can be hard to clean. It’s advised that you have suede cleaned professionally. However there are a few steps you can take if it’s very light soiling:
- Rub suede with a clean dry towel – always rub suede in one direction.
- Remove the stains or marks by gently rubbing them with a pencil eraser.
- Brush your suede with a suede brush, which has soft bristles with wire inserts (shoe stores sell these for suede shoes).