I get calls every day with all kinds of questions about fur and fur coats.
A common question that I get, especially when we’re in the variantly cool and transitional ‘Spring Showers’ or the ‘Autumn Drizzles’ seasons, is about wearing real furs in the rain and if it’s okay for them to get wet.
“Is it okay to wear real fur in the rain?”
Yes. It IS okay for a real fur coat to get wet.
Animals do not go inside when it starts to rain. Animal fur is naturally water repellant because of the guard hairs and natural oils in furs shed water away from the hide to keep it dry.
If your real fur gets wet, it’s important to dry them in the best way without damaging or drying out the fur or the pelts.
DO NOT put your real furs in direct sunlight, the clothes dryer, or in or near any other heat sources to dry it faster! You could damage the fur or even dry out the pelts! Dried out fur can not be repaired, only replaced. Instead, put your fur coat in a well ventilated area on a padded hanger and allow it to air dry. Once your fur is completely dry, then it is okay to put it in a closet. And yearly conditioning to required to keep your furs in the best condition, which prevents your furs from drying out, whether your wear them in the rain or not.
Real problems can occur when the fur becomes saturated. If this happens, you will need professional help! Your fur coat is an investment that you want to take care of in an appropriate way in order to prevent unnecessary damage, so you will need to get it to professional furrier as soon as possible, without delay!
Unitl next, hoping you stay warm and keep dry!