When people are preparing to buy luxurious fur items, they usually think about how great that mink vest will look or how many years that shearling coat will stay stylish. Something that most people don’t think twice about is how they will store their fur garment during the portion of the year when they can’t wear it. However, proper care is crucial when you own a fur garment. Here are a few common storage mistakes to steer clear of if you want your furs to look gorgeous and lush for years.
Storing at the Wrong Temperature and Humidity
Most people know that fur needs to be stored in a cool environment — in fact, professional fur storage is refrigerated to between 40 and 50 degrees. Cool temperatures have a preserving effect. However, many people don’t appreciate the fact that the environment also needs to have the right humidity level. You can’t, for instance, store your fur in a normal refrigerator or cooler at home, because the humidity levels are too high. Air conditioning systems like swamp coolers also make the average home humidity level too great for furs. In general, you don’t want humidity above 55 percent, or your garment could rot or mildew.
At the other end of the spectrum, an environment that is not moist enough will cause your fur to dry out, which will detract from its supple and glossy appearance, and increase the likelihood of tears or other damage. Temperature changes and extremes are also detrimental to furs — freezing and thawing are especially harmful — so it’s best to find a storage area that has consistent temperatures and isn’t located right by a cooling vent.
Using a Storage Area with Insufficient Space
It’s also important to keep your furs somewhere with decent airflow and sufficient room. You want to keep the fur in the position it would be worn in — for instance, if you have a mink fur coat, it should be hung up and positioned straight on the hanger, not folded up or hung crookedly — and away from other materials. The fur also needs to be able to breathe so that it keeps looking shiny and new. You don’t want to take your furs out of storage to find that they are musty, damp, or full of odd creases and indents.
Improperly Preparing the Furs for Storage
Finally, it’s important that you put your fur garments into storage in top condition. You should thoroughly clean any fur garments before storing them. You can do this at home, but a professional will give you better results. If you notice a stain, you should take your garment to a professional. Your garment should also be dry whenever you put it away. Last of all, you should never store a fur garment with mothballs; you can use dried orange or geranium leaves to ward off moths.
If you want truly great results, it is best to take your fur garment to a furrier for professional storage. However, if you are going to keep your furs at home for whatever reason, make sure to watch out for these stumbling blocks. Creating a good storage space takes a little effort, but it will more than pay off in the long run.