One of the wonderful things about fur is that it can last the better part of a lifetime. Fur is the most perfect and luxurious material nature has provided us with and it has to be treated with love and respect.
10 steps to ensure your fur a long and beautiful life.
- When a fur is not in use for longer periods of time - such as during summertime - it is preferable to store the fur with a furrier. He or she will have temperature, humidity, and light-controlled storage facilities. If it is for some reason not possible to store the fur with a furrier, try to keep it in as cold and dark a place as possible.
- A fur must be cleaned annually by a fur specialist - NOT a dry cleaner. Dirt and pollutants will be removed during the cleaning process, and the leather side will be revitalized by having the necessary oils added.
- Never attempt to moth-proof a fur without the necessary professional skills. No kind of home treatment can work as a substitute for professional cleaning.
- If storing a fur at home, avoid leaving it hanging in direct sunlight or in a brightly lit area, as the light can cause the fur to oxidize or change color.
- Never hang a fur product on a wire hanger. Instead, use a broad-shouldered hanger and be sure the fur has enough space in the wardrobe so it will not be crushed.
- Store furs in cloth garment bags while traveling. Never use plastic bags or rubber-lined bags, as these will prevent air from circulating and the fur from breathing.
- Always have small rips or tears repaired by a furrier immediately to prevent more expensive repairs later.
- If a fur gets wet, shake it and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Never place it close to hot places such as a radiator, as these will dry out the fur and leather. After the fur is dry, shake it again. If the fur is soaked, take it to a furrier to make sure that it gets proper treatment.
- Never comb or brush furs.
- Avoid spraying any kind of chemical onto furs. This includes perfume and hair spray.