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Storing Your Fur in a Storage Facility

The most damage occurs not when fur is being worn, but when it is being stored. For this reason, fur items have to be stored with very special care. These items are often kept in a cool area during the summer months, which is assumed to prolong the life of fur and leather garments. Cold storage is essential for the reason that excessive heat depletes oils from leathers and furs causing them to dry out.

So where are furs and leathers stored? These fine goods are generally stored in dark vaults. The lack of light protects the furs and leathers from discoloration or damage. Storage companies monitor temperature and humidity levels when leathers and furs are being stored to ensure that the vault is pest and rodent-free.

When storing your furs, it is important that you find a storage company or dry cleaner that is knowledgeable about fur storage. We have compiled a few useful questions to ask when searching for an appropriate fur storage location:

  1. Request a tour. Browse the location to find out under what conditions fur items will be stored. Fur items should not be hung closely together or covered, in order to prevent crushing. If you see any of these things take place, remove your items from the facility immediately.
  2. Inquire about the temperature controls. Find out whether the temperature and humidity levels are appropriate for storing your fur items.
  3. Ask aboutpest control. You have the right to ask to see a company's pest control log book. This is where companies record the dates of when the facilities are sprayed and whether there have been any serious infestations in the past few years.
When cleaning your fur goods you should search for a cleaner that specializes in furs. You do not want to risk damaging your expensive fur items, so ask what the treatment includes. If you are in need of fur repairs, you should take your furs to an experienced furrier.

Purchasing a New Fur

Whether it is your first fur or your sixth, if you are looking to purchase a fur there are a few important things to consider before you head to the register.
  • Do the pelts match in color and texture?
  • Is the weight of the fur comfortable for you?
  • Are the pelts lustrous and glossy?
  • Is the inner fur soft and thick? The inner fur is usually more abrasive for male furs than female furs.
Caring For Your Fur

Here are a few tips to help you care for your fur:
  • Do not leave your fur in direct sunlight as this may cause color fading.
  • It is recommended that repairs be conducted by a furrier.Remember-never store your fur in a plastic bag or hang your furs closely together, due to the possibility of crushing.
  • Store your fur in a controlled temperature during the warm summer months.
  • Try to avoid brushing your fur to prevent molting or shedding.
  • Costs for cleaning and storage are usually higher at department stores. However, independent fur retailers may charge less and usually offer the advantage of on-site storage. The average fur storage price is $50.
  • For any additional information on the caring of your fur please contact your local furrier or contact the Fur Information Council of America (FICA).

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