Fur coats are popular because they are stylish and warm. If you have invested in a fur coat, you will want to keep it clean and as close to like-new condition as possible. Most fur coats need to be cleaned by a professional dry cleaner, but it is possible to do spot cleaning at home when your fur coat gets wet. Before beginning the cleaning process you should understand the cleaning process for your coat’s materials. In addition to the fur, your coat may be lined with wool or silk, which you will want to protect as much as the fur.
How Professional Cleaning Works
When a fur coat is professionally cleaned, it is put into a drum filled with sawdust and chemicals. The coat is tumbled in the drum, which removes oil, dirt, and odor. Once the coat has been tumbled, a glazing solution is applied to the fur. This adds sheen and keeps the coat fluffy and soft. Before leaving your coat with a drycleaner or furrier, be sure they have experience working with your type of fur. Ask if he or she performs the cleaning onsite or if the coat is sent offsite. Light and white furs require special attention. These types of fur lighten or yellow when exposed to sunlight. Furriers can add a whitening agent to restore light colored coats that have been damaged by the sun.
At-Home Spot Cleaning
It is possible to spot clean your fur coat at home. This is usually done to remove excess moisture from rain or snow. Do not rub the water out of the fur. Shake it out and hang it in a cool, dry location. If you are concerned about matting or mildewing, take the coat to a professional cleaner as soon as possible. If your coat becomes wet, do not use a blow dryer to dry the fur. You should also not brush or comb the fur. You can use your fingers to fluff and separate the fur, but work gently so you do not damage the fur.
Furs should be cleaned at least once a year. Wearing the coat, even if you do not spill or expose it to rain and snow, leads to build up of odors and residue. The fur should be cleaned professionally at the end of the season before storing, but you might want to add another cleaning at the beginning of fur season. Be sure to store your fur coat in a dry, temperature controlled environment.
Fur coats are an expensive investment, but when cared for properly, they provide many years of warmth and style. If you have purchased a fur coat, make sure you understand the proper care procedures for your particular type of fur. Different types of fur require different cleaning and care. You will be pleased with the look of your investment for a long time if you prepare yourself to be a responsible fur owner. If you view your coat as an investment piece and not just another garment, it will extend the life of your purchase.