If you have a new or vintage natural fur coat or any garment trimmed with animal fur, it takes special care to keep it looking its best.
A fur coat should be cleaned every year by a professional furrier or a dry cleaner who specializes in cleaning fur. Do not attempt to wash a real fur coat at home.
Instructions for Everyday Care
Use the Right Clothes Hanger : Your fur coat should always be hung on a broad, sturdy padded hanger to keep the shoulders from losing their shape. The neck of the hanger should be long enough to keep the collar of the coat away from the hanging rod.
If you get water on you fur coat : If you get caught in light rain or snow, simply shake out the fur and remove as much water as possible. Hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Do not use a hairdryer, clothes dryer or any direct heat on the fur. After it is dry, shake again to fluff the fur. Do not comb or brush the fur, simply smooth the fur with your hand. If your coat gets completely soaked with water, it should be taken to a professional fur cleaner.
The repairs : All repairs to the fur, alterations, and replacements of the lining should be done by a professional furrier. A tailor or seamstress can repair rips in the lining.
Long Term Storage : Seasonally store fur pieces in cold temperatures – below 55 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Exposure to light should be minimal. Protect you fur from dust by using a cotton bag to keep dust out of the fur. Do not hang a fur in a plastic bag that doesn't breathe. The fur needs air circulation to keep the hide from drying out and cracking.