Fur coats aren't just for special occasions. Today's fur fashions reflect tremendous variety in design and spirit. While full-length sables might fit some people's everyday needs, others might opt for a lightweight sheared mink cropped jacket, a fur-lined leather biker jacket or even a garment with fur trim.
Furs are an organic material, and as such they will not last forever. There are, however, ways to care for your fur to keep it looking great and maximise its lifespan. If cared for correctly, a fur gamrnet can last for generations. The most important part of fur care is proper storage and conditioning. Without proper storage and conditioning furs will dry out much more quickly. The proper storage conditions are 50 degrees farenheit with 50% humidity. This is something you cannot replicate at home and we strongly advise you to store your furs with a professional storage company during the summer months.
STORING YOUR FUR GARMENT
- Always hang your fur on a broad-shouldered hanger, never on a wire hanger. Give your fur enough room in the closet so the fur is not crushed.
- Never hang your fur in a plastic bag or rubber-lined bag. Plastic prevents air from circulating and can dry out the leather. When traveling, store your fur in a cloth garment bag provided by your furrier.
- If your fur gets wet, shake it out and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Keep it away from direct heat or a radiator, which can cause both fur and leather to dry out. After it is dry, shake it again. Most furs will take some rain and snow far better than a wool or other winter coat will. If the fur is soaked through, however, take it immediately to your fur retailer for proper treatment. Never comb or brush the fur.
- Never attempt to mothproof your fur yourself. Home treatments are no substitute for professional cleaning and storage
- Always store your fur during warm weather with your furrier - never at a dry cleaner. Your furrier is equipped with temperature, humidity and light-controlled storage facilities to protect fur.
- Avoid leaving a fur hanging in a bright place. The light can cause the fur to oxidize or change colour.
HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS FOR PRESERVING YOUR FUR GARMENT
- Have fur cleaned annually by a fur specialist, not a dry cleaner.
- Do not fill the pockets of your garment too much. Certain specialists even recommend to sew them shut. Over-filling puts unnecessary strain on the fabric and can cause damage such as tearing.
- Try not to sit you on your coat and unbutton your fur when sitting down
- Keep fur away from direct heat - fireplaces, heaters, hair dryers, etc.
- Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray onto your fur.
- Never pin jewellery on your fur.
- Refrain from using a handbag with a shoulder strap whilst wearing your fur garment. The friction caused by the bag strap will cause wear and tear to the shoulders of your coat.
- Have small rips or tears repaired immediately by your furrier. This will prevent more expensive repairs later.