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Caring For Your Fur

Caring for Your Fur

Unfortunately (although I always wished it wasn't so!) you cannot drop off your coat at the neighbourhood dry cleaner to get it cleaned. Rather, it must be brought to a specialist cleaner. Vintage furs are also a bit of more work  to upkeep than your average wool peacoat. However, if you take care of them and follow the few simple tips below, your fur piece will last another 50 years to come!


How do I clean it?

Uh-oh! The waiter dropped some fetuccini alfredo sauce on my mink! Unlike wool, silk or other fabrics that are cleaned by immersion, fur is cleaned using the abrasion method. The furrier prepares a drum filled with sawdust and a mild chemical solution. The fur is placed in the drum and is tumbled repeatedly to remove all the dirt, oils, and odors. A fur glazing solution is then applied to the coat to restore its natural sheen and help the pelts retain moisture and suppleness. If you get a small spill on your fur piece and want to clean it at home, let  the stain dry and take a fine hair brush (or you can buy a specialist fur brush) and gently brush out the spill.

How do I maintain it?

Generally, like a all luxury garments, furs should be kept in garment bags when not used. They also need to be kept in a relatively cool and dry environment, otherwise the pelts dry out. If you wear your coat often during the winter months, invest in getting it conditioned/ glazed one every two years. Although you may think it is an unnecessary expense, it will increase the longevity of your fur tenfold. Lastly, if your are the glamorous  lady who owns a light coloured or white fur, you may notice over time the fur yellows. Don't fret! Your local furrier can undo damage caused by exposure to sunlight by adding a special whitening agent to restore the fur to its original condition. This can be done as part of the glazing process.

Got stuck in a downpour or sudden blizzard wearing your favourite vintage fur?

A little rain or snow won't damage your fur, that is, if the fur is dried properly. Here are some do's and don'ts:
DO spot clean your fur to remove excess moisture.
DO shake out the fur and hang it in a cool dry place.
DON'T put it on or near a heater to speed up drying.
DON'T try to rub away  or dab excess water with a  cloth.
DON'T try to brush out any matting in the fur until the fur is completely dry.

Any more questions?

Email us at  centralparkvintage@gmail.com!