How To Care For Fox Fur
A popular choice for fur coats, fox fur, is glamorous yet durable, even when worn frequently.
Because of their luxurious characteristics, fox fur coats are favoured by fur lovers. Different from faux fur, fox fur requires care and attention to keep it looking at its best for the seasons to come.
Whether vintage or new, read on to discover our top tips for caring for your fox fur. From cleaning to storage, it’s never been easier to keep your fur in fabulous condition.
Is fox fur good quality?
Fox fur is found and farmed worldwide and comes in a wide variety of natural colours.
Its long hair and distinctive colouring make it such a sought-after choice for fashion. Characterised for its colour clarity, fullness and sleekness, fox fur exudes glamour whether used in its natural form or dyed for high fashion.
Fox fur coats are durable, even if worn frequently, and although they shed more than shorter-haired real fur coats, this is temporary and completely normal. When you first start wearing a fox fur coat, shake it outside to remove any loose hairs to speed up the initial shedding process.
The composition of real fox fur makes it a perfect choice for cold weather climates:
- Down hair or underfur
Down hair is the bottom, inner layer of the coat, usually made up of curly and wavy hair. Flat in texture, down hair is short in length and makes up most of the coat. This layer would be used for thermoregulation in the wild, insulating the layer of dry air sitting next to the skin.
- Awn hair
Awn hair fills the gap between down hair and guard hairs, adding warmth. Awn hair is usually thin and wavy.
- Guard hair
Guard hair is the top layer of the coat and is generally coarser and longer than the down hair. Guard hair protrudes through the softer down hair and is characterised by its long, straight appearance.
To preserve the quality and look of fox fur but prevent a coat from appearing too bulky, leather is usually sewn between the layers of the fur to streamline the design and make the coat appear more elegant.
Fox fur exudes quality, but its colour’s popularity usually determines the price. Red fox fur is usually the most common type used in fur coat production, with Platina and white being a rarer choice, therefore more expensive.
How to care for fox fur
Like all natural fur coats, fox fur needs to be cleaned professionally at least once a year to keep it looking in its best condition.
It’s advisable to take it to a furrier or dry cleaner when it starts to lose its lustre, rather than cleaning it at home.
For more extensive cleaning and care for your fox fur coat, read our guide on caring for natural fur, but you can keep yours looking luxurious between cleans by following these simple steps;
Caring for fox fur in winter weather
If your coat gets saturated in the rain, it’s advisable to take it immediately to a professional cleaner to get it repaired so they can prevent it from shrinking.
If just mildly soaked, you can easily repair your fox fur coat at home. Shake out the water and hang it on a broad or padded hanger to air dry in a well-ventilated room and allow it to dry naturally, avoiding direct contact with heat.
Empty the pockets and keep them clean
If you have a habit of hanging up your coat without emptying the pockets, then you could be adding unnecessary damage to your fox fur coat.
Bulky, heavy items can pull on the seams and cause deformation of the fur, leading to multiple repairs.
If you notice the fur of your coat starting to pull away from the pelts or lining, it’s advisable to book your coat in for a professional repair to prevent further, irreparable damage.
Keep your coat at a consistent temperature
In both the summer and winter months, your fox fur coat will stay in much better condition if you keep and store it at a stable temperature.
Real fur coats need a degree of minimal, controlled humidity to prevent their skin or hides from drying out, and fox fur is no exception to this.
When your coat isn’t in use during the summer, store it in a dark room at a temperature around 10-15•C, with roughly 50% humidity, to keep it looking and feeling pristine for the winter months.
Avoid storing your coat in a cedar wood cupboard or closet, as cedar absorbs humidity and could leave your coat’s hides feeling dry.
If you’re finding it difficult to store your coat at home, book it into a specialist controlled vault for the summer months, where it can safely stay at a regulated temperature until you want to wear it again in the winter.
Keep on top of your coat’s cleanliness
Inspect your fox fur coat frequently to keep on top of its condition.
Fox fur coats naturally attract dirt and dust, so it’s important to shake it out frequently and keep on top of small spots and stains.
A professional should clean your coat at least once a year, but if you notice that yours starts to look tired and dirty, it’s advisable to have it cleaned more frequently.
For day to day cleaning, invest in a specially made fur brush, and remember to gently blot and care for smaller stains. Never use detergents to clean your coat and if unsure, always seek professional guidance before attempting to clean stubborn stains.
Now you know why you should invest in a fox fur jacket and, more importantly, how to take care of yours so it’ll give you a lifetime of wear, explore our fabulous range of fox fur coats and jackets at Jayley.
The perfect pairing to evening wear or for levelling up your everyday style, there’s never been a better time to add luxurious fur to your collection.