Garments made of fur need special care so that they can look at their best and last for many years to come. Here are the basic principles of fur care that apply to every fur coat and garment in general.
- Water is bad for your fur coat. A light rain or snow will create you no problem as long as you shake them off your fur and allow it to dry naturally at room temperature. If your fur gets soaked you would rather have it inspected by a professional. There will be an issue if the water reaches the skin. Fur skins are processed in way that makes the fatty acids of the skins more dissolvable to water. The fatty acids are a structural component that makes a skin soft. The underfur and guard hair are by nature waterproof
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight is not good for your fur either. Dark colors are more tolerant but whites are very sensitive turn yellowish over time. Normal use, even daily will not harm your fur. However storage or hanging in a spot that is constantly being hit by the sun will make your fur age faster. Do not leave your fur inside a car on a sunny day for a prolonged time.
- Heat sources should be avoided as well. Do not hang or store your fur coat near a radiator, stove or any source of heat. It makes the skins dry and susceptible to tears and hair shedding.
- Protect your fur’s guard hair. Do not sit on your fur, either that be a car seat, a sofa etc. If this is constantly repeated the guard hair breaks and you will have uneven spots on the pressure points. The same applies to shoulder bags and belts. Sheared fur is more resilient since it has underfur only
- Store your fur in a comfortable manner. Do not stack several clothes in a closet. Allow room for proper ventilation and avoid very humid storage areas. If your coat is very expensive you should consider a professional vault. Consult with the vault keeper and calculate costs. Fur is a commodity that can be resold easily and should be seen as an investment. The better its condition the higher its value as a used garment. Also furs can be remodeled. If the skin and hair have been properly taken care of the remodeling will be possible. A fur in bad condition cannot be remodeled and here is why: The furrier will have at some time of the remodeling process to wet the fur and have it stretched and stapled on a cardboard or wooden plank. If your fur skins are dry they will be ripped during that stage.
- Have your fur steamed and glazed once a year. Steaming removes odors, dirt, dust and microorganisms. This is good both for you and your fur. Also steaming is like giving your hair a shower – it enhances sheen and volume and makes your coat look at its best. plus it is a very economical service
- Do not have your fur coat dry cleaned even by a professional cleaning service unless you really have to- annoying odors that cannot go away with steaming, persistent stains (if the lining is stained you are much better of changing the lining no matter the cost). Dry cleaning utilizes chemicals that wash off the fatty acids from the skin and reduces their longevity.