Store your fur garments 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. There are no rules or set dates in regard to when furs should be stored. Whenever it is warm enough outside to be done wearing a fur coat for the season is when you should put it in storage. By the same token, when it is cold enough to justify wearing a fur (depending on your furs individual level of warmth) bring it home from storage. (Usually when it is cold enough to wear a winter jacket, it is time to put on your mink coat). The more time a fur is in cold storage, the longer it will last.
Please note the word “COLD”. Storing a fur at room temperature negates the most important benefit of fur storage. If a storage facility is kept at room temperature or warmer, then you should consider looking for another facility that meets the temperature and humidity standards.
Humidity level is important when a fur will be hanging in one place for a significant amount of time. If the humidity is too low (dry air) the natural oils in the pelts will evaporate more rapidly causing the garment to become dry and deteriorate. If the humidity is too high (damp air) they pelts can rot at a fast rate.
Avoid spraying perfumes, hairsprays and insecticides on your fur. These sprays (including alcohol, solvent, and silicone based substances) will dry the leather and stiffen the guard hairs. Of course we know that makeup will rub off and into the collar area and perfume may settle on the fur – in this case take it to an authorized furrier for professional cleaning.
- Store your fur garments in cold storage when you are done wearing them for the season or not using them. The more time fur garments spend in cold storage the longer they will last.
- Clean your fur garments at least once per year. If you wear your fur a lot (more than 6 times per season) or it is exposed to beauty products or smoke, then have it cleaned mid season as well.
- Have your fur garment cleaned by Authorized Furcare Specialist SM methods only. Dry-cleaning, washing or laundering may severely damage your fur.
- Use broad-shouldered hangers when hanging a fur garment.
- When hanging in a closet, allow space to prevent it from being crushed or creased by other garments.
- Have rips, loose seams and damage repaired as soon as possible by a professional furrier. This prevents minor problems from becoming major, more expensive problems.
- Never store your fur in a cedar closet.
- Never store your fur with moth balls.
- Do not store your fur in a bag of any type while at home or in a storage facility.
- Hang your fur away from heat sources such as radiators and heat vents.
- Do not allow your fur to be exposed to direct light for a lengthy period of time. Long-term exposure to direct light can cause oxidization and discoloration.
- Do NOT store your fur in a freezer… bad idea.
- Never spray chemicals directly on your fur. (including all alcohol, solvent, and silicon based substances)
- One of the beauties of fur is that it can be repaired or remodeled over time to provide a garment that can be worn for many years, through many phases of fashion. If part of your fur has been worn away, matching fur can be sewn in to replace the worn areas
- Yes, it is OK to wear your fur in snow or light rain.
- Cloth car upholstery should be covered to prevent damage to your fur. Cloth car upholstery stretches under weight and will grab the guard hairs on your fur and pull them out when you leave your seat.
- Be certain your fur garments are adequately insured.