Do you own a fur coat or jacket? Do you adore it, even though it gives off a bad smell that puts you off wearing it? Your first thought is to take it to a specialist fur and leather cleaner, and you are right but there are other solutions for eliminating the odour. To find out more… follow our guide.
What are the most common odours, and what are their consequences?
Amongst the most common cause of bad smells, moisture is the main factor in the development of such smells. In effect, it causes a “musty” smell cause by the development of mould, which may alter your fur in the long run. It is a pungent smell that occurs when your fur is inadequately ventilated and stored in a closed-off space. Whether your fur has long or short hair, the risk of moisture affects all types of fur. That said, the longer the hair, the denser the fur, and consequently the higher the risk.
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Another cause of bad smell is dust; over a long period of time dust particles eventually produce an unpleasant and persistent odour. Other strong odours are equally as hard to bear- the smell of tobacco or body odour and perspiration. Older perfume may also leave a marked odour- it is even more unpleasant when the perfume is not yours. Our recommendation for you is to never spray perfume directly on your fur as this could be very damaging.
We have listed the main bad smells but there are of course other unpleasant smells, however our suggestions below will work in any case and may prove to be a preventive process.
How do you eradicate these bad smells?
We have chosen two simple and inexpensive natural products that will help you to get rid of those bad smells.
The most effective, safe and non-detergent agent is baking soda- this will work wonders to annihilate bad smells. If the lining of your fur or the outer side of the hair smells bad, place your fur flat out, sprinkle plenty of baking soda, gently rub and then leave it overnight. The next morning, dust off the powder vigorously to remove the residue and the odours will have gone. If the odour persists, repeat the process.
You can also use ground coffee beans- hang the garment in a vinyl bag and place a bag of ground coffee in the pocket. To ensure that the ground coffee odour is absorbed into the garment, open up the sachet of coffee. After this, take the product out of the garment and ventilate well. IF the odour persists, repeat the process.
What to do next?
Once the smells disappear, take on some good habits
The golden rule for when you own fur is to place the garment in a cotton bag- avoid plastic bags. In your wardrobe, leave space between your items of clothing, especially fur, so that air can circulate. Ensure that the fur is not crushed, and use a wide-armed hanger for the shoulders. From time to time take the fur garment out and shake it to ensure it maintains its shape.
Remember to change the lining if stained or damaged- a new lining will give new life to your fur. You can stay classic by choosing a classic silk or satin lining, or opt for a lining with original or very colourful patterns.
Finally, if you can, have your fur kept with a professional who will have the ideal equipment to conserve your fur and protect it from the elements- this is the best way to get through the summer season. At the same time, your specialist fur and leather cleaner will also carry out a professional clean which is needed once a year.
Your fur is a precious asset and to enable you to get the most out of it for years to come, follow these simple steps.