Before sending a fur coat, hat and other products for storage, while wearing or preparing for the season, the question arises: how to clean the fur. And preferably quickly, and at home, and cheap. Is it possible? – Yes!
A definite “no” to fur
What you shouldn’t do under any circumstances in an attempt to get their furs in order is:
Wash – natural material is very likely to fall off, deform, bald spots will appear on it, and the product will lose its presentable appearance.
Dry with a hot stream of air from a hair dryer, under the rays of the sun. Even after the wet winter snow and rain. Natural fur often changes its structure after such manipulations.
Clean using household chemicals to remove fat, wash the body and hair – for natural hair, these products are not suitable categorically.
The following recipes have been tested for years, but each of them should be tested on an inconspicuous area of the fur product – after all, each type of fur has its own characteristics.
If you have doubts about the effectiveness of fur cleaning methods, take the product to a dry cleaner – they know exactly what to do, and special tools and technologies for cleaning various types of products are available to professionals.
Methods of cleaning
The most important rule is that you don’t need to clean your fur often. Determine if the fluffy product is clean? If there is obvious contamination, choose the appropriate method to remove it. To understand whether there is dust on the hairs, a cold-blown hair dryer will help-point it at the product and see: if the hairs fly apart and then fall into place, cleaning is not necessary. To determine the dustiness and the touch can.
Matted lumps are found on products with an undercoat that last more than one season. It is better not to allow their appearance, for this you need to periodically comb the fur coat, and the longer the fur, the more often it needs to be combed.
To remove, or rather, to soften the tangles, gentle “scrubs” are used – these can be bran, semolina, talcum powder and even sawdust, but not from coniferous wood. Pour the semolina or bran into a frying pan and heat it up. Still warm, RUB them into the fur, but do not overdo it. Use sawdust without heating. It is important to get to the Mezdra itself, and then clean the products with a brush.
The essence of the method is to Polish the hairs, dust is removed from them, they become smooth, and the structure can improve.
Another way is to treat the product with a steamer at low temperatures, then comb it.
Problem: greasy spots
Fat spots include traces of milk, sebum, and other similar contaminants.
Dish detergent and ammonia
In the same proportion, mix these components (it is better to take a transparent dish washing gel). Blot a Laundry cloth or a new sponge in the solution and wipe the soiled area over the wool.
After processing, if the smell remains, wipe the wool with a wet alcohol cloth and leave the product to dry.
Gasoline and water
Mix water and high-octane gasoline in a ratio of 1: 1 and wipe the fur with this solution.
This method is very effective, but we recommend using it only for heavy dirt. RUB the product into the fur should not be – still, gasoline itself can leave greasy traces in addition to the aroma. By the way, the smell from it will help to deduce the following method.
Mix the components in a ratio of 1: 3: 5, blot a napkin in the resulting solution and wipe the gasoline stain in the direction of hair growth (from the previous method) or treat the fur itself.
The product removes fat and does not require rinsing. But it should only be used for hard light fur.
Problem: yellowness of fur
Over time, the pile of fur on the tips of a yellowish tint. To get rid of it, use any of the following methods.
Shampoo for cats and dogs
Dilute the shampoo in water, whisk the foam and apply it to the pile, then wipe the fur with a sponge soaked in clean water.
Important: use the shampoo for animals – it has a more gentle composition compared to the product for human hair. In addition, it gives the product smoothness and silkiness.
Pour a tablespoon of 6% peroxide into a glass of water and wipe the fur with a sponge or napkin. No flushing is required.
Salt and ammonia for light fur
For a glass of water, take a tablespoon of table salt and half of the same spoon of ammonia. Mix the ingredients and RUB the solution over the fur on the fleece.
Starch and gasoline for dark fur
A radical method for cleaning yellowness and stains from Foundation, hardened and outdated dirt.
Take 1/2-1 Cup of gasoline, depending on the cleaning area, and add starch to it in an amount until a creamy consistency is obtained. Apply the finished paste to the stain with a brush or sponge and leave it to dry. When the paste is dry, brush it off with a dry brush. If the smell of gasoline remains, use a solution of ammonia.
Alcohol and vinegar
Mix these products in equal proportions. Use the solution to treat the wool of the product along the pile. Then wash it off with warm water and a sponge.
This method of cleaning fur is ideal for products made from mink, goat, rabbit, wolf.
Dark and hard fur, such as muskrat and beaver, is convenient to clean with dry river sand. It should be applied to the product, effortlessly rubbed and cleaned with a brush.
Dust settles on fur products even when they are stored in cases. Therefore, you should refresh the fur coat both before sending it to the warm season, and before wearing it.
Spread a wet cotton cloth on the floor and place a fur coat or any other product on it. Carefully knock it out first on one side, then on the other.
Problem: lack of gloss
The problem of lack of gloss in fur occurs due to prolonged wear or frequent Erasure, for example, from seats.
Lemon juice and vinegar
Mix table vinegar and fresh lemon juice in equal proportions and process the fur product. It is important to wipe it with a well-wrung rag, and not to wet it!
Grind the peeled nut kernels in a blender or coffee grinder, put the resulting powder in cheesecloth and wipe the fur with such a sponge. The nut will release oil, which will Polish the hair without leaving greasy traces.
Problem: oil paint stains
If you suddenly caught oil paint on your fur somewhere, do not panic. Try to remove the stain yourself, but not with a solvent.
Wait 1 to 2 days for the paint to dry.
Use sunflower oil: DAB it with a cotton sponge and apply it to the stain. After a couple of minutes, press and try to clean the paint against hair growth.
Wash off the oil with a wet alcohol cloth.
Problem: traces of ballpoint pen ink
This problem is relevant for light fur – ink from the pen in different situations can get, for example, on the sleeves. How do I get rid of them?
Acetone or white spirit can help solve the problem. DAB a cotton pad into the solution and wipe the spot with it. To get rid of the smell of the solvent itself, use lemon juice dissolved in water.
Problem: lipstick marks
And this happens with women’s (and not only) fur coats. Traces of lipstick will help to remove the usual medical alcohol applied to a cotton pad.
Cleaning artificial fur
This material is less capricious to wear and care for, however, you need to clean it with care.
There are special sprays for cleaning artificial fur. Spray solutions are applied to the product and allowed to dry. After that, using a hair dryer, dry brush or napkin, the material is processed according to “growth”.
Pet shampoo foam
We have already considered this method when removing yellowness. Pour a little of the product into a Cup of water and lather. Apply the foam to the material with a sponge or cloth with washing movements and allow the fur to dry at room temperature.
Yes, artificial fur can be washed by hand or in a washing machine at temperatures up to 40 degrees, up to 600 revolutions. Spin is excluded – it deforms the product. After drying, it is enough to comb a fur coat or other product and it is ready to wear again in its original form.
Mezdra is the skin itself, the quality of which depends on how long natural fur will last on its own base. everything is fine as long as the Mezdra is elastic and soft – then it keeps the hairs. As soon as it dries up, the product quickly loses its presentable appearance, and holes are formed on the creases.
Glycerin + egg yolk
In a liter of warm water, dissolve the shaken egg yolk and a tablespoon of glycerin (you can replace vaseline). Spread the lining so that you can get close to the Mezdra from the inside out, without soiling the fur itself. Wipe the skin with the solution, moisten it well, then remember and stretch it slightly. Leave the product to dry with the wrong side up, at the very end, sew the lining.
Vinegar and salt
Recipe for another cocktail: mix a tablespoon of water, vinegar essence and ½ tablespoon of salt. Wet the Mezdra with the solution (be sure to use gloves!), stretch it. Vinegar acts as a softener, however, then it will take time for its weathering. After finishing the procedure, you can wipe the skin with a cloth or sponge well soaked in clean water.