Fur jackets come with unique challenges with regard to maintenance, which may lead an owner to wear it infrequently. The first step in caring for any garment is to read the care label. However, some vintage fur jackets may have no care label, or the owner cut the label away years ago. There are instances where the standard care instructions are not available. When this is the case, it can be confusing to know how to properly care for one’s fur jacket. Luckily, there are several methods to do this, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Choosing one of the following cleaning methods depends on the type of fur jacket that one has as well as the facilities available.
1. Take the Fur Jacket to a Furrier
“Furrier’ is the professional title for a fur cleaner, and when one has a real fur coat that they do not want to take any chances with, this is the way to go. A furrier cleans fur coats and restores their natural. They can even restore colors, an important qualification since yellowing is a common problem for white fur coats. Expert furriers recommend doing this once per year during the summer months, when one’s coat is spending its time in storage. For coats that experience a lot of exposure to contaminants, such as smoke, hairspray, or perfumes, one should bring it in for cleaning a second time halfway through the winter season.
2. Cleaning a Fur Jacket When Wet
Whenever rain or snow gets on one’s fur jacket, handle it correctly in order to avoid matting. Never rub or dab away the water with a towel. Instead, begin by gently shaking the water off the coat. Next, find a cool, dry place to hang it. Hanging it in a protected outdoor area is best, but when this is not possible, hang it in near an open window. Let it hang dry for at least one to two full days.
3. Removing Small Stains from a Fur Jacket
It is possible to get small stains out of a fur coat without paying a furrier for professional stain removal. To do this, obtain rubbing alcohol and water. Make a mixture of one part rubbing alcohol and one part water. Wet a small part of a clean white cloth with this mixture, and rub the stain carefully until it is gone. Do not rinse. Leave it in a well-ventilated area until the water and alcohol have completely evaporated from the fur.
4. Getting Rid of Odors from a Fur Jacket
Just like human hair, fur coats easily soak up odors. When one’s coat begins to smell of smoke, mildew, or any other unpleasant odor, it is easy to remove the smells at home. All one needs is a vinyl garment bag and fresh coffee grounds. Hang the fur coat in the vinyl garment bag, and place a container filled with fresh coffee grounds in the bottom of the bag. Zip the garment bag closed, and leave the coat to absorb the coffee aroma. After one day, check if the odor has disappeared from the coat. If necessary, one can stir the grounds, and leave the jacket for another day. If the coat has too strong of a coffee odor after removing it from the garment bag, leave it hung in a well-ventilated area for at least one day.
5. Conditioning a Fur Jacket
Although best when done by a furrier, one can also condition the leather of a fur jacket at home. To do this, start by removing the lining from the jacket. To make the conditioner, one needs:
Many different types can work
Examples: mink oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, neatsfoot oil
Use either white vinegar or spirit vinegar
Mix one part vinegar and two parts oil in a large container. Shake or stir vigorously, and then use a clean cloth to dab the conditioner onto the inside skin of the coat. Hang for a few days, allowing the vinegar to evaporate along with any odors and the oil to sink into the skin.
How to Buy Fur Jackets on eBay
The merchants on eBay have a large selection of both real and faux fur coats. To find the color and style you want, just search for it in the box located on any page. Since a real fur coat is an investment, always remember to read a seller’s feedback before making a purchase.
Caring for a fur jacket is an important step in ensuring that it lasts for generations to come. Remember that these instructions for removing stains and odors from fur work not only for fur coats, but also fur vests, hats, and any other garments made from real animal pelts.