Make Your Furs Last
Did you know there are ways to prolong the life of your fur? Below are a few simple tips on the do’s and don’ts of fur care.
Store your furs every year in a cold storage vault.
Storing your furs every year is vital to keeping them intact. At Yudofsky Fur and Leather, we have a cold-storage vault on our premises. Our vault is kept at a constant 50 ° and at a 50% humidity. This insures the pieces don’t dry out or become damaged from heat.
Clean your furs at least every other year.
Furs should be professionally cleaned at least every other year. We highly recommend cleaning your garment once a year. This is because it is a conditioning process. For example, if your skin becomes dry, you put on lotion. Similarly, a fur garment needs to be conditioned every year so it doesn’t become dry. Once a garment dries out, irreversible damage can occur. Damage can be rips, weak skins, brittle fur, etc. By having your garments cleaned at least every other year, we can prolong the life of that piece. Also, the collars of coats, jackets, etc. have a tendency to collect sweat and make up. These need to be cleaned so the hair isn’t damaged.
Have damages repaired as soon as you notice them.
Rips in your garment are liable to get larger if you ignore them. The quicker you have a rip repaired, the easier it will be to fix. You can prevent the ripping of your garment by following the above two tips.
Insure your coat.
One of the most important things for you to do is to insure your coat! Your coat is an investment, much like a car. You wouldn’t buy a car and not insure it, so make sure you always insure your garments. Have it appraised when you first receive it and update the appraisal every few years. Yudofsky Fur and Leather offers appraisals by appointment.
During the winter months, keep your fur in a dry, cool, closet.
When you aren’t wearing your garment, make sure it’s kept somewhere safe. A closet is best because it is typically a dry and cool area. Closets also keep your garments safe from your animals (if you have any) because they can’t get to them.
Hang your coat on a broad-shoulder hanger, never a wired hanger.
Wire hangers can damage the garment, which is why you should avoid them at all costs. A broad-shoulder hanger will keep the garment the shape it is supposed to be.
Make sure your coat is not crushed while not in use.
When you store your coat in your closet, make sure it has room to breathe. Don’t press tons of garments against it or else the fur could be flattened and damage the garment.
Store your fur during the summer at home.
This is a HUGE mistake. Storing your furs in your home, during the summer months, can damage your garments. Your home isn’t constantly set at 50° with 50% humidity. You are also more prone to moths in the summer months as well. Moths eat through fur, tearing holes through the skins.
Place your fur in a cedar chest.
Even though it may sound like a good idea to place your furs in a cedar chest, it isn’t. A ceder chest can dry out your garment as well as leave a lasting odor that is impossible to remove.
Ignore rips and hope they go away on their own.
Rips will only become bigger if you ignore them. The bigger they get, the harder they are to fix, and the more expensive they will be. If a piece rips too much, there may be no saving it.
Skip cleaning for more than one year.
Cleaning is a conditioning process. If you skip multiple cleaning, your piece is more likely to dry out, attract moths, and rip all over. Cleaning will help preserve your garments.
Cover your fur with a plastic bag.
Furs need to breathe. Placing them in a plastic bag will cause the skins to deteriorate and become too damaged to fix.
Spray hairspray, perfume, etc. on while wearing your garment.
These odors will stick with the fur if you choose to spray them on while wearing your garment. The best course is to spray everything on before you put on your coat.