Fur can be a long-term investment that will last a lifetime if it is properly cared for.
After you’ve worn your piece of fur throughout the colder months, you must then take care of it during the often hot and humid, summer weather.
Many people think that having AC at home is enough - but it is not.
There are specific humidity levels needed, as well as proper lighting and temperature settings, in order to preserve your piece.
Because of that, it is important to use professional storage during the summer months.
Here are ( 3 ) things you should know about protecting your fur piece, and how you can take proper care of it
‘Fur Vaults’ are located around the world. They are specifically designed to protect the lasting quality of your fur garment by offering temperature, humidity, and light- controlled environments.
This will protect your fur from insects, heat damage, oxidation, or mildew. No wardrobe in your home can duplicate these conditions.
It is recommended that ‘Fur Vaults’ be 50 degree temperature and 50 percent humidity.
Don’t be hesitant when asking about the coverage - or insurance - that comes along with leaving your coat in a ‘Fur Vault’. This will help to protect you in the unfortunate case that your fur is lost or damaged while there.
In addition, ask questions about the place in which you are storing your fur. Visit the facility and ask to see the area in which your fur will be stored. This will prevent spending money to store your fur in a poor, packed, facility.
You want your stored fur to have a generous amount of space.
The primary concern with fur material is that the natural oils in the pellets will dry out.
Dust, Pollutants, and airborne particles are attracted to these natural oils. This causes dirt to get caught in the hairs of the fur. They then act as a sponge that will draw out the natural oils from the pellets.
For this reason, it is recommended that you can clean your garment, annually.
Doing so will remove these materials from your fur so they do not dry out. If the pelts dry out, they will become tender and your garment can tear with ease.
You should have small rips and loose seams in your fur repaired, as soon as possible.
Doing so will prevent minor problems from becoming a more serious - and expensive - problem. Repairing fur garments is not like mending clothes.
The process requires specialized equipment including special needles and thread which are specifically designed to be used on sewing fur. Most tailors and seamstresses do not have the special equipment or knowledge to know how to work with fur.
Proper repairs are done on the inside of the coat underneath the lining, so it’s important to contact a professional who is educated to work with fur.
Any reputable ‘Fur Vault’ will hold the answers to any further questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to ask. This fur is your investment, after all. It is so important to take care of it, even when you’re not wearing it.