Fur care is essential to keeping your piece of fur in good condition and preserving your investment. Fur care involves work, but if you are going to make the investment in a garment you'll want to make sure you care for it properly. Fur coats can retain odors from restaurants, homes, and other places you've been in while wearing it. Cleaning and conditioning the fur coat is the best method of fur care for removing these unpleasant smells. Proper fur care also means taking care not to sit on the coat for long periods of time. If you're on a train or bus, take the fur coat off and hold it in your lap. Sitting on it for long periods of time may cause the fur coat to look older than it really is, and is not proper fur care. Another element of fur care is proper storage for the fur coat. And of course, arguably the most important element of fur care is storing your coat with a professional furrier in their fur vault in the spring.
If you own a fur garment, keeping it at home during the summer could severely harm it and therefore cost you money. Fur coat storage is a crucial part of the care of your fur coat, and should not be taken lightly. Proper fur storage should be in places with constant air circulation and fifty percent humidity. Many people feel they can put their fur coats in their basement or cedar chest as a method of fur coat storage, but putting them in fur vaults is really the only way to avoid all possible damage from heat, insects, or unpleasant smells that might cling to the fur. Only a professional furrier will have the appropriate fur vault that will keep your fur coat or jacket dark, cool, and protected from insects. So if you're going to spend the money on a fur coat, keep your investment protected and spend the money on proper fur coat storage. Store your garment in April or May with a professional furrier (never a dry cleaner), and in November, remove it from storage. The storage facility should be between 48-50 degrees, with a similar humidity level. Mink fur care and cleaning should be done seasonally, or if the mink coat gets rained on or spilled on during the winter.
Although it is unlikely that your fur coat will get wet from rain, since the temperature will likely be freezing when you are wearing your fur coat, knowing what to do with your fur coat in the event that it does get wet from melting snow or other liquid is also an element of appropriate fur care. Never blow dry or use other forms of heat if your coat gets wet. Simply shake it out and let it dry by itself in a well-ventilated room. Avoid direct heat or radiators, which can damage both fur and leather. After your fur is dry, shake it again. Most furs will take some rain and snow far better than a wool or other winter coat will. If the fur is soaked through, however, take it immediately to your fur retailer for proper treatment. Never comb or brush the fur.
Always hang your fur on a broad-shouldered hanger, never on a wire hanger. Leave enough room in the closet so the fur is not crushed. Never hang your fur in a plastic or rubber lined bag. Plastic prevents air from circulating, which can dry out the leather. When traveling, store your fur in a cloth garment bag provided by your furrier. Never attempt to mothproof your fur yourself because home treatments are no substitute for professional cleaning and storage. Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray onto your fur. Have your fur cleaned annually by a fur specialist. Have small rips or tears repaired immediately by your furrier because this will prevent more expensive repairs later. Avoid leaving a fur hanging in bright sunshine because intense light can cause the fur to oxidize or change color.