Fur garments aren't just for special occasions anymore. Today's fur fashion reflects a tremendous variety in design, spirit and use. While a full-length sable might do it for some, others opt for a lightweight mink jacket, a voluminous silver fox or a soft, pastel-coloured Rex rabbit vest.
Natural fur is an organic material, and as such, it will not last forever. There are, however, ways to care for your fur, to keep it beautiful and extend its lifespan. If cared for correctly, a fur can last for generations. The most important part of fur maintenance is proper storage ins correct environment. Without proper storage, furs will dry out much more quickly, which will result in the skin getting brittle. The proper storage conditions are 50 degrees Fahrenheit 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.
When keeping your fur at home, in the winter, follow the guide beneath,
"STORING YOUR FUR GARMENT".
STORING YOUR FUR GARMENT
- Always put your fur coat on a broad-shouldered hanger, never on a wire hanger. Give your fur enough room in the closet, to "breath" and to prevent the fur from getting "crushed".
- Never keep your fur in a plastic bag, rubber-lined bag or any kind of storage boxes made from plastic. Plastic prevents air from circulating which leads to drying out the fur making it brittle.
- If you bring your fur, when travelling, store your fur in a garment bag, made from cotton or linen.
- If your fur gets wet, shake off the liquid and let the fur dry, naturally, in a well-ventilated room. After it is dry, shake it again. if you find that some of the hair, on your fur, are stuck together, you can, very carefully, brush it with a soft brush, with natural bristles.
- Always keep your fur away from direct heat, radiators, hairdryers etc. this can cause both fur and leather to dry out.
- Most fur will take some rain and snow far better than a wool or leather coat. But always keep in mind, that a fur is NO raincoat.
- Never attempt to mothproof your fur by yourself. Home treatments are no substitute for professional cleaning and storage
- If your fur is infected by moth, always contact a specialist and follow their directions.
- If you suspect your fur to be infected by moth, never bring it directly to any of our stores, always call in advance.
- If you are not using your fur for longer periods, ex. during summer, always have your fur stored at a professional storage facility. Your furrier is equipped with temperature, humidity and light-controlled storage facilities to protect your fur.
- Avoid keeping your fur in spaces with strong UV-light for longer periods. The light can cause the fur to oxidize or change colour.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR PRESERVING YOUR FUR GARMENT
- Have your fur cleaned annually by a fur specialist, not at the dry-cleaners.
- Do not overfill the pockets of your garment. Certain specialists even recommend to sew them shut. Overfilling puts unnecessary strain on the fabric/skin and causes damage.
- Try not to sit on your coat and unbutton your fur when sitting down
- If your car has fabric-seats, we strongly recommend taking off your fur, when driving. The weaving on the fabric will over time pluck the hairs of your fur, leaving bald areas.
- Keep fur away from direct heat - fireplaces, heaters, hairdryers, etc.
- Avoid spraying perfume, hairspray or other chemicals onto your fur.
- Never pin jewellery on to your fur.
- Try to minimize the use of bags with shoulder/crossbody straps. The friction caused by the straps will, in time, cause wear and tear, leaving bald areas.
- We highly recommend, NEVER to wear bags with chain straps, together with your fur. The chains are likely to cause damage to your fur.
- Have your furrier repair damages immediately, to avoyed the damages getting worse, resulting in more expensive repairs later.