Fur and faux fur hats are some of the warmest winter hats available. Both need some attention to keep them looking their best and to provide long-lasting wear.
Real Fur Hats
Whether you have a mink, fox or rabbit fur hat, proper care will make it last many, many years. Fur should be kept away from chemicals like make-up, perfume and hair products. After every wearing, store your fur hat on a shelf away from direct light and with good air circulation. Never store fur in a plastic bag.
If your fur hat gets wet, shake off excess water and allow the fur to dry naturally. Never use high heat to dry fur. When it is dry, shake to fluff. If necessary, you may brush the fur with a good quality pet brush to restore the smoothness. Brush lightly in the direction of the fur.
Your fur hat should be cleaned at least annually by a professional fur cleaner - not a dry cleaner. A qualified furrier has the knowledge and equipment to correctly clean furs. Dry cleaning or immersion will rob the fur of natural oils, dry it out and cause it to shed. Linings can be cleaned in the hat, or removed and cleaned separately.
Faux Fur Hats
When cleaning faux fur, pay close attention to the care label. Most will recommend dry cleaning; some can be hand or machine-washed. A great deal depends upon the fiber content and how the hat is structured, including lining.
Faux fur can become distorted from too much wear, dry cleaning or excessive heat. To maintain the garments longevity, spot cleaning and good preventative care will work the best. If the fur looses its luster, it can be trimmed to bring back the sheen. Spot treat stains with wet cleaning and very low heat drying - air drying is best. To fluff faux fur, give the hat a good shake or use a blow dryer on the lowest air setting.
Allow hats to air dry if they get wet and store away from direct sunlight with plenty of air circulation. Never store in a plastic bag.
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