Whether you have a large fur coat or a handbag with fur trim, all furs need special care and storage to preserve their natural shine and softness.
- Furs should be kept in “cold storage” during the summer, as heat and humidity can damage them. Many furriers maintain cold storage facilities with strict temperature, light, and humidity controls. You can ship your coat to them and have it sent back when you want it, and some even offer pickup and delivery services. Find out if the place you purchased your fur from has this option.
- Do not put your fur in a home freezer as a substitute for cold storage. The optimal temperature and humidity levels vary depending on what kind of pelts your garment is made from.
- When not in use, hang your fur in a cool, dark closet. Do not store in a plastic garment bag or cedar chest.
- Hang on wide hangers to help fur keep its shape.
- Keep your fur away from direct heat (such as a radiator or air vent).
- If your car seats are made from synthetic material, invest in seat covers made from cotton or wool. Synthetic fibers will wear out and matt your fur.
- If your fur gets wet, shake it out to dry. Do not use heat.
- Some of North America’s largest furriers use GreenEarth in their cleaning process. Always take furs and garments with fur trim to professional furriers, who are experts in a variety of cleaning methods and will use their discretion on how a particular item should be cleaned.
- If any staining or spilling occurs, contact a professional furrier right away. Never try to treat the stain yourself. If there is no staining, furs should be cleaned about once a year.
- Keep hairsprays, perfumes, hand lotions, etc. away from fur.