The best thing that you can do to extend the life of a fur is have it stored properly by a furrier during the warm months.

Be sure to check that it will be in cold storage. Cold storage regulates both the temperature and humidity, which optimizes the conditions for your fur.

Have your fur cleaned and glazed by a furrier every other year if you don’t wear it often, or every year if you wear it regularly.

Your furrier will inform you of any problem areas. Have repairs done promptly to ward off large repairs. Your fur coat or jacket should be hung on a wide hanger and preferably from a furrier, but if not, a padded hanger will do.

It’s stressful to the shoulders if you have it hanging on a regular wire hanger, and a wider hanger distributes the weight more evenly.

Store your fur loosely in a closet away from light and heat. If you don’t wear it often, cover it loosely with a natural fiber bag (e.g., cotton, silk) so that it may breathe. DON’T cover it with plastic.

If your fur is mildly rained or snowed on, just gently dab it with a towel, shake it out and hang it up to dry. If it gets water-soaked, take it to your furrier as soon as possible.

DON’T brush it, use a hair dryer or hang it up near a heat vent. The heat will dry your fur out. Try to avoid spraying perfume or hair spray on your fur, as the alcohol contained in them can dry the pelts. Also, the scent may get into the pelts and not come out.

DON’T store your fur in a cedar closet or with moth balls. The smell will permeate the pelts and may not be removed.