So you’ve recently acquired a brand new (or vintage, but new-to-you) fur coat. There’s no doubt you’re excited to wear it, and you may have even given it a test run on your way out of the store, but there’s much more to owning a fur coat than simply working it into your outfits. It’s important to learn how to take care of real fur so you can keep wearing it for as long as you possibly can, and perhaps even pass it down to someone you love. Whether you’re new to fur coat ownership or are simply looking to brush up on the basics, this guide should give you a rudimentary idea of what it takes to care properly for your coat. Remember: your fur coat is an investment; it’s up to you to help that investment last!
Be Careful With Perfumes and Colognes
Fur coats are quite delicate, so habits that affect normal clothing to some degree, such as wearing strong scents, will affect a fur coat tenfold. Keeping this principle in mind is rule number one of how to take care of real fur. Take caution when exposing your fur coat to strong odors; your fur will immediately absorb them and begin to smell “off” as a result.
Should you find your coat beginning to smell unusual, however, know that the problem can be fixed. You can either stuff the lower portion of your coat’s garment bag with coffee grounds (as fresh as possible is most preferred) and hang your coat in the bag for a day, or take the coat to a professional for treatment.
How to Hang Your Coat
When you hang your fur coat, be sure to cover it with a bag that provides it with plenty of breathing room—literally! Fur coats need lots of air to stay healthy and wearable; otherwise, it will decay and harden. Avoid using plastic bags to cover your coat as you hang it.
Additionally, the type of hanger you use for your coat matters just as much as the type of garment bag you drape over it. Hangers with ample padding and wide shoulders are ideal for hanging any fur coat, as they will provide your coat with enough room to maintain the right form around the shoulders. You should also ensure the space you’ll be hanging your coat in is free of light and warmth. Otherwise, you risk exposing your coat to pests and various conditions that will encourage it to harden.
We hope this blog has given you a better idea of the proper way to care for your fur coat. At Morris Kaye Furs in Dallas and San Antonio, we make it our mission to provide all of our clients not only with access to the highest quality fur apparel, but also the necessary resources to keep their fur well taken care of and in great condition! If you’re interested in learning more about our services, contact us today!