One of the most effective things you can do to maintain your coat’s supple shape and brilliant luster is to store it in a climate-controlled professional fur storage facility. Many furriers offer storage options for a small fee. While you may be tempted to save a little money and store your fur at home, this is usually a bad idea that will actually cost you more money in the long run when you are required to replace your fur coat after only a year or two of wear.
Most people do not have temperature and humidity controlled closets where furs can be stored and protected from moths, mildew, and other pests. The ideal environment for fur storage is a maintained fifty degrees Fahrenheit, 50% humidity, and adequate air circulation. If one of these conditions is not met, moisture can get trapped in the fur fibers, causing irreparable damage due to mold and mildew, usually typified by the unpleasant smell of decay. To prevent such a scenario, put your fur in storage as soon as it becomes too warm to wear it, and only take it out once it is cold enough to necessitate fur insulation.
Storing at Home During Season
During season, when your coat is not in storage but at home, you can take the same measures a furrier would take to protect it from pests. Give the coat plenty of space in your closet to allow adequate air circulation, and never use a plastic garment bag as this can actually trap moisture in the fibers of your fur. Use cedar balls to prevent moth infestations in your closets, and use a thick wooden or plastic coat hanger rather than a wire one. Otherwise, the coat could become deformed at the shoulders.
If your coat gets dirty, the best way to clean it is to vigorously shake out any debris or brush the fibers with a specialized fur brush, available where coats are sold. The liner can be spot-treated for stains. Should the garment ever get wet, simply make sure that it dries adequately in an area with plenty of air circulation. Additionally, you should have your coat cleaned professionally with a chemical solution at least once a year to replenish the fur’s natural oils and ensure that your coat will maintain its beautiful color and shine for many years to come.
Care During Wear
While wearing your coat, refrain from using heavy bags with shoulder straps as these can wear out the fibers of the fur. Avoid sitting on your coat for long periods of time as this can crush the material and make it look matted or wrinkled. A beautiful fur coat in mink, sable or fox can be passed on to children or grandchildren, if properly maintained. By following these simple tips, you are guaranteed to make your coat last for generations.