Faux or fake fur coats or trim on garments takes a bit of extra care to keep it looking its best. Fake fur offers some advantages over real fur by being more resistant to insect damage and more stable during temperature changes. While many garments recommend dry cleaning only, faux fur can be cleaned at home. If you do decide to take it to a dry cleaner, make sure that the company is well-trained.
You will have best results in cleaning faux fur that is short in length or looped. Long-haired furs and shaggy fake fur accessories are very prone to knotting and matting. If you plan to wash them at home, long and shaggy faux fur should be hand washed. With any fur, avoid as much agitation (spinning, wringing) and heat as possible.
To wash faux fur in a washer, use a top load machine. A top load machine allows you to control how much agitation the faux fur receives. Fill the washer to a medium level with cool water. Add a mild, color safe detergent. Place the fake fur garment or throw in the washer. Turn off the water and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Do not soak longer or you may damage the faux fur's backing fabric.
After 15 minutes, set the washer to drain and spin. Switch to the rinse cycle and allow the washer to fill with cool water. Do not allow the machine to agitate. Drain and spin again. If you feel the garment needs an additional rinse, do so at this time. Again, no agitation!
Do NOT put the garment in a clothes dryer. Use an indoor drying rack or the shower rod to dry. Reposition it often so there are no crush marks on the fur. Use your hand to smooth any areas that don't appear smooth. Keep out of direct sunlight. It may take 24 to 48 hours to dry. Do not wear or use until completely dry.
Remember high heat can melt the faux fur fibers and cause matting. Once this has happened, there is little to be done that can reverse the damage. In addition to brushing the coat, you may be able to smooth the fibers by mixing a teaspoon of hair conditioner with 2 cups of water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spritz the fur. Use a SOFT bristle brush to gently brush the fur. Work in a small area and work slowly. If fibers come out, then you are brushing too hard. When you are finished, wipe down the area with a clean, damp white cloth and allow to air dry.
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