How to Clean a Fur Coat

Fur coats worn throughout the winter are exposed to harsh, cold, and wet weather. At the end of the winter season, your fur coat is worn and dirty, and for another go in the next winter season, it needs to be clean and ready to be worn. Professional furriers are ideal for coat cleaning, but you can also do it yourself at home with the right tools and great caution.

Materials

  • Dry Cleaning Solvent
  • Sawdust or any particulate material that can absorb the dirt and solvent from the fur
  • Cold Water
  • Shampoo

Tools

  • Plastic padded hanger
  • Cloth Bag
  • Plastic bottle with spray nozzle
  • Steam Iron
  • Hand held vacuum

General cleaning Instructions for entire coat

  1. If the coat is wet or damp, hang it on a plastic padded hanger and allow it to air dry. For faster drying, a hair blow dryer on a cool setting can also be used.
  2. Soak the sawdust in a dry cleaning solvent.
  3. Work the soaked sawdust into the fur all over the coat, and then vacuum it out with a hand vacuum.
  4. Use a steam iron to further remove any sawdust that may be in the coat’s fur.
  5. For the lining, hand clean and steam using a steam iron before storing.

Removing coffee stains

  1. Treat the small stained spot like you would your own hair. Shampoo the area thoroughly and then rinse with cold water.
  2. Hang on a plastic padded hanger to dry.

Removing paint stains

  1. Apply dry cleaning solvent to the area stained with paint and then rinse with cold water.
  2. Hang on plastic padded hanger to dry naturally or use a hair blow dryer on the coolest setting.

Removing curling marks and curls

  1. Spray or mist cold water over area containing curls using a plastic bottle with a spray nozzle attached.
  2. Use a steam iron over area.
  3. Use fingers to comb through the fur gently, in the direction you want the hairs to lie down.

Tips on caring for and storing your fur coat

  • Always store fur coats in cloth and not plastic bags, as they require adequate circulation.
  • Use plastic padded hangers to hang fur coats, and avoid hangers with sharp points.
  • Always move coat from one place to another in a cloth bag.
  • If coat becomes wet, allow it to air dry naturally in a ventilated area.
  • Keep odour causing substances such as cigarettes, moth balls, aerosol sprays and cologne away from fur coats as the odour will cover it permanently.
  • If a fur coat becomes covered with odour, take it to a professional furrier to remove the odour.
  • Do not use brushes or combs on your fur coat (only finger comb the fur).
  • No-rinse shampoos can be used in place of liquid shampoos, as they act as dry cleaning substances for hair.
  • If the fur has gone dull, only a professional furrier can perform a technique called glazing to restore its sheen.