There’s nothing more luxurious and elegant than a fur coat. However, if you don’t maintain it properly, that expensive coat will quickly lose its luster.
Read on to learn four tips for keeping your coat in good shape.
Store Your Fur Coat Properly
Proper storage is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a coat.
For day-to-day storage, keep your coat hung up on a broad, sturdy padded hanger. This will ensure that the coat’s shoulders don’t lose their shape.
Avoid hanging your coat in a garment bag. It needs air circulation to keep the hide from drying out and cracking.
During the off-season (spring/summer) be sure the keep the coat out of the heat. The ideal temperature for long term storage is 45 degrees Fahrenheit with 50 percent humidity because it’s too cold for moths and insects to survive.
Make sure the room where the coat is being stored is dark as well so that the fur won’t get bleached or faded.
If you don’t keep your coat in a professional storage facility, make sure you don’t store it in a cedar closet or chest. The oils from this type of wood can damage the fur.
Avoid Certain Behaviors
Proper fur maintenance also includes avoiding certain behaviors when wearing your coat. Some of the things you should avoid include:
- Wearing a shoulder bag consistently. Constant rubbing can leave a bald spot on your coat.
- Using hairspray or perfume. The alcohol in these products can dry out the hide of your fur coat.
- Wearing your coat while sitting for a long time. This can crush the fur.
Keep It Clean
If your coat comes in contact with a just a little moisture (from the snow or rain, for example), simply shake it out to remove as much water as possible. Then, hang it up to dry in a well-ventilated room. Never use direct heat of any kind on fur.
Once your coat is dry, simply shake it to fluff up the fur, then smooth it with your hand.
If your coat gets completely soaked with water, do not try to clean it yourself. Take it to a professional like Koslowfurs.com so that it can be cleaned in a way that won’t damage it.
Even if it doesn’t get wet, you should still have your fur coat professionally cleaned once a year. Throughout the year, it gathers dust, oils, and odors that you might not even be aware of. An annual cleaning by a professional will keep it shiny, lustrous, and free of mats for years to come.
Have It Repaired By A Professional
If your fur coat does get ripped or damaged in any way, it’s not the end of the world! Many tears and other defects can be fixed.
Don’t try to make repairs yourself, though. It’s much better to pay a professional to do it the right way than to damage your coat further by trying to fix it yourself. You probably spent a lot of money on your coat, so it’s important to make it last.