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I have some vintage fur stoles and collars with silk linings that need a good cleaning. I read on your blog that this can be done with Delicate Wash. However, Google articles claim that hand washing furs and immersing them in water will result in considerable shrinkage and will ruin the fur. Is this as safe as you say?
Thank you for reaching out. While we do not specialize in fur, we have tried and had some successes. We cannot guarantee that the below methods will work best for you, however. We ususally consult fur industry veteran Tom Moriber! I've provided a link to his site for you below. http://www.fureverfurs.com/v2/
We successfully wash fur trims and furs that are in a knitted form with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Saturating fur that is on the skin is a problem because the skin can shrink and/or become dry and brittle. Vintage fur is generally dry from age and climate as well as brittle and stinky.
Industrial fur cleaning is essentially putting the fur in a tumbler with a chemical and saw dust. Our DYI approach would be to sprinkle with cornstarch or powder, sit, and shake out well. A silicone-based, fur glaze is recommended for older furs to condition them. We use our Crease Release to spray and conditioner our furs. We also use our Fabric Fresh which is gentle and safe enough to use on fur while not damaging or drying the fur.
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