Fur whether it’s of animal or non-animal origin is a fragile material that you must look after in order to keep it in good conditions for years.
Winter is over and your faux fur jacket looks tired? Spots have appeared here and there? no worries the solution is simple. You only need two tools: a dog grooming brush and generic silicone-based anti-frizz spray
An informative article posted online a while ago explained clearly.
All one needs to do is brush the affected area much like how you would groom a dog while spraying anti-frizz generously to facilitate the detangling process. Don’t wash it before brushing but if you choose to do so, we recommend to immediately apply the spray while it’s drying.
Talking about that washing process faux-fur expert Hannah Weiland explains Faux fur must be dry cleaned, and we recommend to always check with your specific dry cleaner that they know how to work with the fabric.
For smaller items such as bags or hats, you can hand wash them with lukewarm water and small amount of washing powder. Lukewarm water is important: below 30° the spread of micro particles will be drastically limited. Rinse, let dry gently and finally blow-dry at cool temperature and brush.
The hair dryer is faux fur’s best friend when the fur has lost fluffiness or becomes clumsy.
It's like a faux-fur pampering session says Weiland.
But most importantly: don’t wear faux fur when it’s pouring. Try to wear it when the weather is dry. Rain is never good for fur (animal or faux).
When summer comes, your faux fur coat will have to be stored in your wardrobe protected in a garment bag. It’s easy. For information it is much more eco-friendly than a real fur coat that will have to be stored in energy-wasting cooling systems.
And after the use phase?
When you’re done with your faux fur or after years of wearing it, bring it to a good collecting system so your coat can be recycled or downcycled. If the fabric still looks good why not repurpose it into something different? there are plenty of DIY videos on youtube ! The faux fur of an old fur that you no longer wear could make super cool cushion or stool covers. You can also contact your local animal shelters. They may be interested in getting faux furs for animal bedding and to keep the babies warm. Born free USA non-profit has been doing this for years.