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How to Properly Care for Fur

Posted on March 10, 2013 by C & C
We get a ton of requests on how to properly care for and store fur garments & accessories, and wanted to share what we think are the essential best practices.
  • In- Season Storage. Allow your fur coats and other fur garments proper space in your closet. Never keep your fur coat or other valuable pieces in a plastic bag. Your fur jacket requires proper air circulation; Use a cloth bag when traveling or transporting your fur to and from cold storage. The smell of both moth and cedar balls often adheres to fur and creates unpleasant odors.
  • Cleaning. Proper cleaning and conditioning of your fur coat and other garments will often remove stains and most other unwanted odors. The average dry-cleaner may not possess the proper equipment or knowledge to properly care for fur. Seek out providers who advertise and specialize in fur garments care.
  • Wear. Do not sit for a prolonged time on your fur coat, shearlings coat, leather coat or even cloth coat or outerwear - as this may lead to undue the crushing and premature wear. Refrain from excessive use of purse straps and other shoulder straps while wearing your fur coat and other outerwear, as this too will lead to premature wear.
  • Water Damage. If your fur coat gets wet, shake it off and let it dry naturally. Using heat will cause both fur and leather to dry out. If your fur item gets soaked it needs special attention by a specialist master furrier!
  • Maintenance. Be sure to have proper annual care including cleaning, conditioning, tightening of buttons, closures and lining and the mending of early tears - some will be invisible to you.  Mend any small tears immediately. Often times delaying a repair can lead to an expensive replacement of pelts.
  • Off-Season Storage, Your Fur coats, shearling jackets and fine outerwear will provide you with years of enjoyable wear when they are professionally conditioned and stored. Conditioning is a process replenishes essential oils necessary for the longevity of your fur.  Each spring store your garments in a temperature and humidity controlled vault for best results. If storing at home, keep your garments away from heat , humidity and moths.

If you are having trouble finding a fur care professional, specialist or storage facility, please drop us a line at sales@thepinkmink.com and we will help you find a reputable person in your area.

 

Always the best!

C&C

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