When you have vintage furs, whether you inherited them from a long-lost relative or you purchased them at a vintage clothing store, you may wonder what you can and should be doing to keep those furs in the best possible condition. Real fur caps, coats, and other accessories or articles of clothing require maintenance and care that is different from other types of clothing. However, once you get into the routine of taking care of them, it can be a relatively easy process. Get to know some of the ways that you can keep your vintage furs in good shape so that you can get started right away.
Keep Them Out Of The Heat As Much As Possible
Heat is not a friend your fur garments. You want to keep and store them in an environment that is nice and cool, if possible. Heat can cause damage to the furs in a few ways. If it is dry heat, like the kind that comes from a heating vent, then the furs (namely the hides) will get dried out and may crack or break.
Damp heat, such as the type that comes with summer heat and humidity, can cause the fur to develop problems with mold and mildew. As such, you want a cool and dry place to keep your furs. However, make sure that air vents are not blowing directly on them. This will give your furs the best chance of staying safe and in good shape.
Give Them Space
Crowding is another problem you want to avoid with your vintage furs. If you shove all of your fur items into a small closet or space, they will not have room to air out and breath. This can encourage mold and mildew if the furs get damp, as well as give potential pest infestations a more desirable environment to take up residence.
Of course, this can also simply smash down the furs giving them an odd shape and aesthetic look. Make sure you store your furs in an area where they can hang without coming into direct contact with other items. This will allow them to maintain their shape and to get the space they need to prevent infestations and damage. And because furs need space to breath, do not cover them in plastic bags, this too can cause problems with the quality and integrity of your vintage furs.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can keep your vintage furs in good shape, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to take great care of your fur garments now and in the future. Contact a fur specialist, like those at A Furrier - David Appel Furs, for more information.