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- Never hang your fur garment in a plastic or rubber-lined bag. Plastic prevents air from circulating, which can dry out the leather.
- Do not leave jewelry pinned to your fur garment as it can mat the fur. When wearing your coat, do not use a shoulder bag consistently because it can wear away the fur and leave a bald spot.
- For day to day storage, keep your fur piece hanging loosely in a dark, cool closet – sunlight and compression can damage or discolor the hairs. Intense light can cause the fur to oxidize or change color.
- If your fur gets wet, shake it out and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated room. Avoid direct heat or radiators, which can damage both fur and leather. After your fur is dry, shake it again. Most furs will take some rain and snow.
- Avoid insecticides, moth proofing, and other chemicals around on your fur, including perfume, hairspray and makeup. Perfume contains alcohol, which can dry your pelts. Once a perfume gets into your fur-including cedar from a cedar chest- it will be there to stay.
- If you ever have a spill on it simply use a dry cloth to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Then use a clean damp cloth and blot the area.Never saturate the hide with water or a cleaning solution. Do not apply water or a cleaning solution directly to the hide.
- If the hide becomes matted use a heavy duty metal comb. We recommend a Scotch Comb and you can usually purchase these at your local pet store or a store that carries livestock supplies.
- We recommend vacuuming your hide at least every week if the hide is used as a rug and as often as needed if used as a wall hanging, bedspread, wrap, or throw.It is best to use the hose on the vacuum cleaner so you do not get the hair tangle in the brush.