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Cleaning a Coat With a Fur Collar
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talesofawannabe
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Date: 3/1/12 11:09 PM

Today I decided to do a little bit of shopping for some spring clothes at both the mall and the Goodwill. So, naturally, spring clothes shopping ended with my buying a fur collared coat at the Goodwill.

It's vintage, probably late 50s/early 60s, with a fur collar. It is definitely real fur, as it does not have that plastic like feel that faux fur has. I think it may be mink, but am only about 50% sure on that one. Looking closely, the fur collar is hand stitched to the actual collar part of the coat.

However, I am at a loss as to how to have it cleaned? I really, really don't want to have to remove the collar unless absolutely necessary. Can fur even be dry cleaned? Anyone have experience with this?

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Date: 3/1/12 11:20 PM

Talk to your cleaners, since it is vintage and fur. I used to take a 30s stole to a dry cleaners and they had to send it to a furrier, but it always came back in good shape.

Just make sure they know it is both a vintage textile and that you are unsure of what the fur is. They need to be able to do both to make sure the garment is not damaged in any way.

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Date: 3/1/12 11:31 PM

HI, I am not sure , but I think I read that you can use corn meal ( not corn flour) to bursh through it and it cleans the fur? However I did see the same question come up on a blog calle Miss Celie's pants, just go back through her older post. On the blog I think she listed a powder made just for cleaning fur and showed the results. BTW how nice to come upon a good find
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Date: 3/2/12 0:11 AM

Typically, the collar is removed whilst the garment is being dry cleaned which adds to the expense.

No, fur is not to be dry cleaned.
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Date: 3/2/12 0:31 AM

You said it will probably add to the cost. Any idea how much? I only paid $7.50 for the coat, lol.

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Date: 3/2/12 6:26 AM

I was told that natural pelts/animal coverings like fur and feathers are not to be dry cleaned because they hold on to the chemicals and it's very unhealthy. Could be wrong but it seems to make sense. I know our feather pillows have a very stern notice sewn into them saying they are not to be dry cleaned. If the coat really needs to be cleaned then the collar probably needs to be removed and reattached afterwards.



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Date: 3/2/12 10:16 AM

A furrier will do the removal, and many dry cleaners in larger places do offer fur cleaning. The whole process is different then actual dry cleaning, which is why you have to find a place that can do them, whether it is a dry cleaner with a furrier service, they send it out or you know a furrier. With the fur collar, the best bet considering the cost, would be to find a cleaners that has a fur service or a furrier they send it to.

The cost can vary from 40-100 or more for the service. Total fur is cheaper then trim because of the removal and the double cleaning. The thing with it is that cleaning it like this will recondition the fur, clean and repair what needs to be done...then put the collar back on for it.

The methods to clean at home is supposed to help between annual cleanings.

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Date: 3/2/12 7:32 PM

Thanks so much for the help! I may have to take the fur off myself if it going to cost so much to have it cleaned, lol. I still think I'll give the cleaners a call tomorrow.

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Date: 3/2/12 7:47 PM

OH, dear, I keep reading this as "How to Clean A CAT WIth a Fur Collar."

Sorry! But it does make a picture.

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Date: 3/2/12 7:56 PM

The answer to that is : very carefully.

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