A properly cared for fur product can last you a lifetime. Proper care and maintenance will not only protect your investment but keep your garment or accessory looking its best and doing its job of keeping you warm.
DAILY CARE AND HANDLING TIPS
• It is OK to wear your fur in wet snow or light
rain. The guard-hairs and natural oils in fur cause water to run off and not penetrate the leather under the fur.
• When drying out your fur product, do not hang too closely to a heat source, you want to hang your garment or accessory in an open ventilated area, where it can dry out slowly (by slowly I mean overnight), you should NEVER use quick dry methods with fur products such as propped over vents, too close to wood stoves or in clothes dryers, this will damage your product.
LONG TERM STORAGE OF YOUR GARMENT
• Store your fur garments or accessory in cold storage when you are done wearing it for the season or not using it. This is one of the most important steps you can take in preserving your furs. A cool dry location away from heat, humidity and light, where your fur item can be hung with space around it for air flow. Do not store your fur product in a bag of any type, bags reduce the air flow.
• Because of the natural properties of fur, always keep them stored away from where pets or pests may access and destroy them.
• Do not store your fur with moth balls they can cause irreparable damage to fur and leather very quickly, as well as scenting your fur with their smell.
• Hang your fur away from heat sources such as radiators and heat vents. Long term high heat can cause dry-rotting.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES
• You do not need to clean a fur just because it gets a little dirty. The number one concern with fur material is that the natural oils in the pelts will dry out. If you feel a fur and then rub your fingers you should be able to feel a very slight oiliness. This is normal. Dust, pollutants, and airborne particulates are attracted to this and get caught in the hairs of the fur. They then act as a sponge drawing the natural
oils out of the pelts. These particles can wear on the natural shine of the fur over time, causing it to look old and tired. When you have your fur cleaned these materials are removed. I recommend having your garment or accessory cleaned on an as needed basis because depending on how often you wear it, it may be necessary every 2 years for some or every 5 for others, and have it done during summer.
• Only have your furs cleaned by an Authorized Fur care Specialist or qualified furrier. Fur cleaning is like no other cleaning process. Do not take them to a dry cleaner. Authorized Fur care Specialists use equipment and materials specifically designed for fur. Furs cannot be dry-cleaned and NEVER put them in a clothes washer or dryer.
• The fur cleaning and conditioning process is unlike wool, silk or cloth which is cleaned by immersion, the abrasion method is used to clean fur. The furrier prepares a drum filled with sawdust and chemical solution, then places the garment into the drum, the garment is then tumbled to remove dirt, oils and odours. A glazing solution is then applied to the fur to add sheen and restore the soft and fluffy texture.
• Cost of cleaning from fur care specialists varies, but a standard cleaning on mitts or a hat is usually around $50 dollars.
• I use and recommend Sydney Gitterman Furs out of Winnipeg, they offer full services on all styles of fur and leather products www.sydneygittermanfurs.ca/en/ 204-943-9526
SPOT CLEANING AT HOME
-To spot clean an area that has been soiled, dampen and wring out a cloth, rubbing the soiled area in the same natural direction of the fur, then take a dry cloth to continue wiping the area in the same direction as the fur until mostly dry, or use a hair dryer ONLY on the cold setting, to slowly dry the area, these methods will keep the fur soft and separated. You can also use a fur brush to gently brush the fur while drying.