Four Simple Steps to Keep Your Fur Beautiful for Next Season
With longer days and temperatures rising, your fur coat is probably the last thing on your mind.
But when cold weather blows in again, the actions you take now will decide if your fur is looking fab or drab.
Spring is the beginning of fur services season. Following a few easy steps, your fur coat or jacket will look amazing year-round.
The five steps all fur owners should take to preserve your fur are:
1. Repair Any Damage Immediately
2. Schedule Fur Cleaning, Conditioning, and Glazing
3. Restyle Outdated Fur into Modern Styles
4. Reserve Space in a Professional Cold Storage Unit
The springtime is the best time to have your fur coat serviced because your fur coat will likely not be in use during this time. You’ll also beat the rush to have your coat worked on when fur season rolls around again. Stay ahead of the game and protect your fur coat by following these steps.
Step 1: Repair Any Damage Immediately
Your fur coat is a major investment. With the cost of some fur coats in the range of $15,000 or more, neglecting to take care of your coat can mean wasted money. One of the first steps you should take to keep your fur beautiful is to have any damage repaired as soon as possible.
While fur is more durable than most other man-made fabrics, it can still be damaged from everyday wear and tear. For example, sitting for extended periods in your fur coat can weaken seams along the waist and back. Hanging your fur on the wrong type of hanger can weaken the shoulders. Improper storage can dry out your pelt. Always be sure to store and hang your fur coat correctly at home.
We recommend having your fur coat repaired immediately when you notice damage. A small rip or tear may not seem like a big deal, but this imperfection can grow into huge, more expensive problems.
There are cases where your fur coat was inherited from a family member, or you made your fur coat purchase at a vintage store. While these fur coats are a unique treasure, they can be in states of serious disrepair. Weathered fur, shedding, and visible holes can take away from your vintage coat’s natural beauty.
Whether it’s a small repair or major restoration project, you should always find a professional furrier for your coat.
Always Take Your Fur Coat to Professionals
Your everyday tailor or seamstress are perfect for regular fabrics such as cotton or denim, but never take your fur coat to a normal tailor.
Professional furriers have spent years learning how to properly repair fur. While fur is durable, it is a rare material. Specific training is necessary to not damage the coat further. In addition, fur repairs require industry strength needles and threads to keep repairs in place.
You should feel comfortable with the furrier completing repairs. Make sure to ask questions such as “How long will it take to complete repairs?” or “How much experience do you have working with this kind of fur?”
Before making any repairs, your furrier should do a complete inspection of your coat or jacket. Vulnerable areas around the shoulders, closures, and lining should be given special attention. Your fur repair specialist should also ask you questions about how long you’ve owned the coat and where it was purchased.
Unlike other materials, repairing fur requires accessing the lining of the garment and making repairs from the inside. This gives you a stronger repair and ensures the repairs are not visible from the outside.
Major repairs might require replacing entire sections of your coat. If this is necessary, make sure your furrier sources quality fur to add to your coat. The new fur should perfectly match the color and texture of your current coat. Other repairs include replacing the inner lining and fixing loose or damaged buttons or closures.
Don’t Forget Annual Inspections
Even if your coat looks fine, take it in for inspection at least once a year to check for damage and address minor problems before they grow. The spring months are a perfect time to have your fur coat looked at before you need it for the colder months.
Step 2: Schedule Fur Cleaning, Conditioning, and Glazing
Do you know how each of these terms affects the health of your fur coat?
Cleaning – Gently removes dirt, small particles, and odors from the pelt
Conditioning – Protects the natural oils to keep your coat healthy
Glazing – Adds a luxurious shine and texture
Reserving a time at least once a year to have your fur coat or jacket professionally cleaned is essential to keeping your fur beautiful for seasons to come.
If you look at your fur and notice it doesn’t look terribly dirty, that’s normal. But you still need to have it cleaned regularly. Why?
Your Fur Coat’s Natural Oils
Fur coat cleaning is all about maintaining the natural oils in your coat. Touch your coat; you should feel a slight hint of oiliness. This is an important sign of fur health. The natural oils in your fur give it a luxurious feel and appearance. Without these oils, your fur will become brittle, dry out, and can possibly shed.
We love the natural oils in your fur, but something else loves these oils just as much. Dust, dirt, salt, and other small particles are attracted to your coat’s oiliness and get stuck in the fine hairs of your coat. The particles rob your coat of these natural oils overtime leaving your coat looking old.
Fur cleaning removes these particles and refreshes the natural oils leaving your fur coat looking like new every season.
Only Visit a Professional Furrier
Like repair, only leave your fur coat in the hands of professional furriers that have the equipment and experience necessary to properly clean fur.
Do not risk taking your fur coat or jacket to an everyday dry cleaner or try to wash it at home. A normal dry cleaner will not have the tools necessary to clean your coat and can even damage it permanently. And while there are at-home cleaning kits available, these do not properly clean your coat and can leave unwanted residue. Never try to put your fur coat in a home washer or dryer.
In most cases, you should be able to have your fur cleaned at the same location you made your original purchase. But there are times you might need to find a different furrier to clean your coat. To find professional furriers in your area, look at online directories or do a simple Google search. Call them and ask about their cleaning services and make sure they offer cleaning, conditioning, and glazing.
A professional furrier will inspect your fur coat before cleaning to make sure there aren’t any rips or tears. If there is any damage, now is the time to have it repaired. When your fur coat is ready, your furrier will begin the delicate cleaning process, first focusing on obvious stains, then working their way through each area. Next gentle conditioners are added to each section followed by glazing to make your coat look radiant. Your coat will have one final inspection before it’s returned back to you.
Other Fur Cleaning Tips
Normally fur coats only need to be cleaned once a year. But if you stain your fur coat, take it to a professional furrier immediately to prevent damage.
If you wear your coat or jacket often in harsh conditions such as ice or sleet, consider having it cleaned twice a year. If your coat is regularly exposed to cigarette smoke or perfume, think about fur cleaning more often.
Normally if you are caught in a light rain or snow, you can gently shake your fur and let it air dry in an open room. Remember, never place your fur in a washer or dryer and also avoid direct heat from blow dryers or irons. If your fur does get completely soaked, take it to a furrier for proper cleaning.
Step 3: Restyle Outdated Fur into Modern Styles
Not all fur comes from the latest fashion boutique or salon. Many of our clients inherit fur from a family member or find a steal in a vintage or consignment shop.
While these furs can be a blessing, they are often outdated. So, a once beautiful fur coat ends up hanging in your closet for years because it doesn’t match your taste or wardrobe.
Spring is the perfect time to make your old fur beautiful again. Fur restyling, also known as fur recycling or fur remodeling, is simply taking an old fur and transforming it into a new design.
Fur restyling is one of the best kept secrets in fur. You can enjoy the benefits of a brand new coat without the price tag. No other fabric has the unique ability to transform and complement current trends.
Turning the Old into the New
Some trademarks of outdated furs include puffy shoulders, exaggerated cuffs, large closures, and an overall large shape. While these features were the hottest style of previous decades, they do not match modern fur fashion.
Sleek silhouettes, shorter hemlines, and tailored fittings are popular. A professional furrier will take your old fur and match it to one of these styles.
How to Get Your Old Fur Restyled
Find an experienced furrier to restyle your fur. Like repairs, only visit a professional furrier for this type of service. Fur restyle can require completely separating sections of fur to later sew them together again, so using the right techniques and tools is critical.
You may not think much can be done with your old fur, but there are several ways to make it like new. One of the most popular ways to have your fur restyled is to have it tailored to fit your body type. Many older furs are large and bulky, so your furrier can take in the fabric and shorten the hemline. If you inherited your fur, the coat may be too big or small so you can also have the coat tailored to meet your exact size.
An unexpected way to wear your fur isn’t a clothing item at all. Furriers can restyle your old fur into refined home décor items. Adding different textures like fur into your living, dining, or bedroom will make any room pop with extra interest and flair.
Step 4: Reserve Space in a Professional Cold Storage Unit
The last step in keeping your fur looking fabulous is scheduling professional cold storage. This is one of the most important steps to keep your coat, jacket, or vest beautiful. When warm weather hits and it’s too hot to wear your fur, contact your local furrier for cold storage.
Fur experts recommend keeping your fur cold in professional cold storage to protect the natural oils in the pelt. Heat, humidity, and unwanted pests in your home can upset the natural balance in your furs.
Fur is not designed for heat. Even slightly warmer temperatures can dry out your fur over time leaving it without its essential oils. Humidity will also affect the balance of natural oils. Your home may feel completely comfortable, but minor variations in the air’s moisture will affect your coat’s health.
Pests like moths, ants, and other insects can creep into your closet and burrow into your fur. Often, damage done by these pests is expensive to repair.
The Benefits of Professional Cold Storage for Furs
Professional cold storage is an essential, but easy way to protect your furs. When you bring in your coat, it will have its own reserved space within a climate controlled environment. Professional fur vaults are typically set at 34-45° Fahrenheit with humidity set at 45-55%. Why these conditions?
Cold storage protects the natural oils in your fur in a breathable environment. Plus, you will never have to worry about conditions in your home becoming too warm or worry about possible damage from home storage.
Final Notes for Fur Storage
Spring is the time to schedule fur storage, but remember these other tips for storing your fur at home during the colder months:
- Use a strong hanger to hang your fur
- Never keep your fur in a storage or garment bag
- Do not use spray or perfume near your coat
- Avoid using moth balls in the same area as your coat