Soft and Shiny: How to Clean Fur on Your Jacket at Home

Those people who have winter and fall clothes made of fur, often wonder how to clean a fur collar on their own, so as not to spend money on dry cleaning.

How to refresh old fur and what not to do

First of all, you must accurately determine that the fur needs cleaning. To do this, carefully examine the product – you will see stains and yellowing at once, but other dirt will be found with the help of a hair dryer.

Turn the device on and direct the jet of air on the fur – the hairs of clean material will fly away and easily return to their place, but the dirty ones will either take a new shape or will not change position at all.

If you realize that a fur product or jacket with a fur collar needs to be cleaned, take into account in advance what you can’t do:

  • Wash it in a machine or by hand – the leather that holds the fur will crack;
  • dry fur with a hair dryer, on a radiator or heater – only in the open air;
  • ironing – there is a risk of deforming the nap.

Also refrain from cleaning fur with aggressive detergents, especially bleach.

How to clean fur from dust at home

If a thing has been lying in the closet for a long time, a layer of dust is sure to form on it. That is why it is important to refresh it before wearing it. To do this, take out your coat or jacket, spread a cotton cloth on the floor, and soak it in water. Spread out the garment on the cloth and beat it with a fly swatter, first on one side and then on the other. If you see that the fur is tangled and piled up, wet it with warm water from a sprayer, comb it out, and let it dry on your shoulders. If you have a steamer, you can use it – it’s even more effective.

You can make your fur shine with a simple solution. Dissolve lemon juice or vinegar in water in a 1:1 ratio, soak a sponge in the liquid, and wipe the fur with it. Do not soak the nap, just wipe it, so it is important to wring the sponge thoroughly. Leave the product to dry on the shoulders, and then comb it with a brush.

What and how to remove yellow fur – some tips and tricks

Owners of clothes with light-colored fur know that over time it begins to turn yellow, but this misunderstanding can be corrected by several methods:

  • Dilute 1 tbsp salt and 0.5 tbsp ammonia in warm water, soak a rag in the solution, wipe the fur, dry it, and comb it;
  • Dissolve 1 tbsp of peroxide in warm water, apply to clothes, let dry, and comb out;
  • 1 tbsp of shampoo for cats or dogs dissolve in warm water until foamy, wet a sponge, apply the foam, leave for 5 minutes, then rinse, dry, and comb.

Remember that products with short piles can be wiped against the wool and on it, but on the long fur the detergents should be applied along its growth. After drying the fur may be ruffled by hand.

How and with what to clean a fur collar, depending on the color

White fur can be cleaned with talc, starch, or semolina. Take any of the above products, pour it on the soiled area, and with a soft brush distribute the cleaner on the nap. Shake the clothes to remove the remnants of your chosen product. Do this several times, until the talc, starch or semolina is no longer dark. Dark fur is cleaned in the same way as white fur, but other absorbents are used – rye bran, sawdust, or sand.

Useful tip: before cleaning the above products can be heated – then the result will be even better. Take into account that you have to shake clothes carefully, otherwise particles of products will remain in the nap and become food for moths.

What is the most effective stain remover for fur?

Stains on fur garments or collars appear for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore them. The most effective cleaner is considered gasoline mixed with laundry detergent or starch – the consistency as a result should resemble sour cream. Apply the resulting solution to the stain, and leave it for 2-3 minutes. Then wipe the stain with a sponge soaked in water, dry the garment, and brush the fur.

Tip: light-colored fur from gasoline will turn yellow, in which case, it is better to use acetone or alcohol, mixing it with starch or baking soda.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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