Winter is coming to an end, spring is coming, and so for us fur lovers, the opportunities are becoming scarce to wear this soft material… Which does not prevent us from continuing to enjoy it?
The question that naturally comes back to this period is how to store your fur coat during the summer.
Already… What are the risks of bad storage?
Basically, a fur coat is a very durable material, solid, robust, which can withstand several tens of years without problems. Unfortunately, poorly stored fur is in great danger.
Here are the symptoms of poorly stored fur:
- Drying, leading the skin to tear, to crack, and also causing the loss of hair.
- Presence of mold and a strong smell of moisture that is very difficult to get rid of (the famous “musty smell”).
- Discoloration of the hair, irreversible change of color, linked to chemical reactions or simply to the destructive action of the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
- Pest attacks leaving holes behind them.
Who are the enemies of fur coats?
As a logical consequence, the main enemies of your precious fur, whether it is a coat, a jacket, a stole or a fur-lined hooded jacket, are:
- the light,
- the little animals.
And we will see together how to preserve each of its dangers, to allow you to keep your furs for a long time, and in perfect condition!
Let’s see together how to store his furs at home!
The best place to store your furs is a closet, a cupboard, a wardrobe, a clothes rack… More generally, any structure allowing you to hang them without touching the floor or the walls and allowing them not to be too much tight against each other. Each fur will be suspended on a wide and solid hanger, ideally in wood.
In terms of temperature, just find the coolest place possible. Avoid any source of heat: remember that we are talking about storage during the summer, so the proximity of a radiator should not be a problem, however, the windows are real dangers…
To stay healthy, the fur requires a good air circulation, so try not to tighten them against each other, and if you store them in a closet, open the door from time to time. The best is that there is no door at all… This free flow of air will also ensure a good hygrometric balance (the moisture content in the air), essential to the good preservation of leather. The conjunction of a good circulation of the air, of a place cool and not wet, will thus be the guarantee to avoid the formation of molds on the fur. As a result, any place that does not respect one of these points will simply be put away!
To keep its colors, the fur must be protected from the light, and more particularly from the sun’s rays. It does not mean that you have to wear your fur only by walking in the shade, but that during a long storage (from several days), the sun’s rays must absolutely not go directly on the fur. The ultra-violet ones create oxidation of the colors, making them bland, yellow, dull, and this is impossible to catch up!
If you need to use a cover to individually protect each fur, for example, to avoid direct contact with the sun, use only covers of cotton or natural linen, not dyed, and absolutely no other kind of cover. The risks of chemical reactions between ultraviolet rays or heat would have disastrous and irreversible consequences on the fur!
It would be a pity to discover your beautiful furs patiently devoured during the summer! The two main enemies are moths and beetles.
My dressing room…
Personally, I respect all these principles for over 20 years, and my furs are not damaged at all. The leather is supple, the hair is soft and does not fall, and I have no pest attack or musty smell to deplore.