Fur blankets, fur pillows and fur throws can last for years as long as they are properly cared for.
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.