There is nothing like a drop-dead gorgeous fur coat to add an instant luxe touch to your outfits. Wouldn’t you agree? However, your timeless item that oozes grown-up sophistication needs plenty of care if you want it to be a long-term investment. If well maintained, your vest or jacket will stick with you for a great part of your life, and to prevent it from getting damaged you should definitely consider some of the biggest mistakes people normally commit when storing their fur at home. Here is what to avoid if you want to channel your inner Marlene Dietrich in a flawless fur garment for many winters to come:
Mistake #1: You Never Take Your Coat to a Professional Furrier during Summer Months
The hot season is the perfect time of year to show your fur some love and take it to your trusted furrier who will store it for you in a temperature/humidity balanced vault which prevents it from drying out. This is also a good opportunity for the professional furrier to condition and glaze your coat so the pelts get the moisture they need. Remember that fur is organic and, once it becomes dry due to poor care, you may consider it damaged for good. As soon as the hot season is over, take your beloved apparel back home and store it in a cool, dry closet.
Mistake #2: You Normally Keep Your Fur in a Bag
This is one of the most common mistakes when it comes to storing your fur. Your coat needs to actually “breathe” so forget about storing it in plastic wraps/bags! You may only use one as a protection cover whenever you transport your garment, but otherwise keep your precious item bag-free if you want to have it in good condition. So ditch the plastic/cloth bags and give your jacket some space –don’t let the coat get smashed against other garments.
Mistake #3: You Keep Mothballs Near Your Garment
Here is something else you really should avoid: storing your coat or vest near mothballs and damp areas. This is a total no-no because fur garments easily absorbs odors and can get damaged. If you are a smoker you will want to keep your fur away from smoking areas in your home. It can be very costly to remove these odors from your fur.
Mistake #4: You Keep your Fur in a Cedar Closet.
Never keep your coat or vest in a cedar closet. Let’s debunk some of these myths you might have heard about cedar closets. First, cedar is not bad for regular clothing; in fact it does discourage bugs that like to eat your clothing because they hate the smell. On the other hand, cedar has a potent smell that never disappears. As mentioned previously, furs are organic and can absorb almost any odor. Cedar is also terrible for your fur because the cedar removes moisture in the air which in turn will dry out your prized fur.