Fur Cleaning & Care
Nothing compares to the luxury and timeless beauty of fur. Nature's elegant answer to winter, a premium fur coat or fur accessory is equally fashionable and functional, offering warmth and durability while remaining exquisitely chic.
When cared for properly, a quality fur garment or accessory can last a lifetime. Follow the simple cleaning and care rules detailed below to enjoy years of luxe comfort and style.
spraying hairspray and perfume on your fur
breathable cloth bags—never in plastic, PEVA, or vinyl
from high heat sources, such
as blow dryers and radiators
from direct sunlight
and in an ample place
For deep cleaning
always go to a cleaner that specializes in fur
COATS & JACKETS
Always make sure you have ample room to hang your fur coat or jacket. Never squeeze a fur garment into a cramped closet or store it with cedar or mothballs, as they can alter the smell of the fur permanently.
Hang your fur garment on a broad-shouldered hanger and store in a moderate environment (i.e., not overly humid or dry), making sure to keep the item out of direct sunlight and other bright lighting, which can cause the fur to oxidize and change color. When traveling, protect your fur by carrying it in a breathable garment bag made of cotton or woven fabric. Plastic dry-cleaning bags and PEVA or vinyl bags to not allow air to circulate and can dry out the fur.
During the summer months, we strongly recommend storing your fur garment with a reputable professional furrier who has temperature- and humidity-controlled vaults; it's a foolproof way to protect your fur from dust, dirt, and insect damage.
FOOTWEAR, HATS & ACCESSORIES
A good rule of thumb for keeping fur hats, handbags, footwear, and accessories in beautiful condition is to make sure to store them in a cool, dry place away from bright light or direct sun. Never keep these items in plastic containers, which can trap moisture and cause the fur to have a bad odor, and never store them with mothballs, cedar chips, or any chemical products.
Store your fur or fur-lined boots and shoes in their original boxes or in a cool, dry area where they aren't crowded against other footwear.
After you wear your fur hat, headband, or pair of earmuffs, let it dry completely in a non-bright area with good air circulation. Then rest it on a hat form or wig stand in order to retain its shape and cover it with a loose cotton bag or a hat box. This will keep dust from getting on the fur, and will keep the fur from getting crushed.
Hang your fur scarves and collars on hangers, or keep them and other fur accessories, such as gloves and muffs, in uncovered boxes in the closet, making sure to allow them ample room to breathe.
Keep your fur handbags in loose, breathable cotton bags to keep dust from collecting on the fur. Loosely stuff the handbag with acid-free tissue and store in a cool, dry, dark place.
Most fur coats can handle light rain and snow just fine. If your fur gets completely soaked—which you should absolutely avoid—you'll need to take it to a fur cleaner immediately for proper treatment with oils. If your fur is just mildly wet, give it a shake and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room, making sure to keep it away from direct heat. Do not blow-dry it or hang it over a radiator. Once the fur is dry, give it another shake to fluff the fur. Never comb or brush a fur garment; rather, smooth the fur gently with your hand if needed.
If your fur coat gets dirty, bring it to a professional who specializes in fur cleaning. Do not go to a regular dry cleaner, and do not attempt to condition your coat at home.
For professional fur cleaning, Overland recommends Arrow Leathercare in Kansas City, MO, at (800) 542-7769.
Fur Care FAQs
How can I maximize the life of my fur garments?
We recommend that you take your fur to a professional fur-care specialist for annual cleaning and conditioning, as well as any necessary mending or tightening of closures, buttons, and lining. Fur-care specialists can detect early tears that you may not have noticed, and they will expertly replenish your fur with essential oils that can enhance its longevity, softness, and sheen.
What products or type of treatment could harm my fur?
You should avoid spraying perfume or hairspray on your fur, as well as pinning jewelry directly onto the garment. Also, overuse of shoulder straps on handbags can cause premature wear and tear on your fur coats and jackets.
Repairs, Restyling & Alterations
While Overland does not provide fur restyling and repairs, we recommend Master Furrier Jean Paul Fekete for free estimates:
Phone: (216) 410-2312
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