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How Do I Care for a Beaver Fur Coat?

Lori Kilchermann
Lori Kilchermann

There are numerous tips for caring for a beaver fur coat. Have a professional clean and condition your coat regularly to ensure it will provide years of wear. Care for your coat while wearing it by avoiding wear and rubbing from purse straps and excessive wear from sitting on the fur while wearing your coat. When not being worn, care for your coat by storing it in optimal conditions.

Avoid detrimental behavior while wearing or handling your beaver fur coat. Purses, camera bags or other items with shoulder straps can rub the fur off of the shoulder area of your coat from the constant friction. Pre-mature wear can come from constant or extended periods of sitting in your fur coat, so it should be removed before sitting if possible.

Moth balls.
Moth balls.

Mend any rips or tears immediately before they become a bigger issue and an entire pelt needs to be replaced. If your coat becomes damp, treat it as the animal would: shake it and let it dry naturally. Do not use a blow dryer on your fur, as it could damage it. If your coat becomes drenched, it's best to take it to a furrier for attention. Never brush or comb your fur.

Professional cleaning and conditioning can help keep your beaver fur coat clean and odor-free. During typical wear, the fur on your coat and its lining can be soiled with dirt, dust and solvents. Take the coat to a furrier for a professional cleaning. The furrier can also condition your coat, which will restore essential oils and expand the lifespan of your coat.

When it's time to store your beaver fur coat, skip the moth balls and plastic bags. Fur coats need air to circulate around them, which a plastic bag doesn't allow. Also, moth balls leave an unpleasant, lingering odor. Optimally, fur coats should be stored in professional storage where temperature and humidity are controlled. If you're storing your coat at home, hang it on a broad-shouldered hanger out of direct sunlight and inside a cloth bag. Also make sure that there's plenty of room in the closet for air to circulate around the coat.

When a beaver fur coat is looking worn, you may be able to have it remodeled. Professional furriers can remove worn cuffs and shoulders and replace them. Your coat's style can be upgraded with a change in length or style or by adding designs to the fur. Remodeling can eliminate signs of age and wear on your beaver fur coat.

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@ysmina-- Don't wear perfume or hair spray when you're wearing your fur coat! The alcohol and chemicals inside them ruin the fur! And it will somehow get on the fur, so just don't do it.

Also, check the weather to make sure that there is no rain that day. If the beaver fur coat gets soaked, it will eventually dry off, but the fur might be damaged. And never try to dry off a fur coat by putting it in a drier or using a hair dryer on it!

I don't have a beaver fur one, but I do have a fox fur coat. Caring for fur, no matter which type, is a lot of work! But they are beautiful and definitely last for a long time if they are maintained well. I hope your grandmother's fur coat will last long enough for your grand-kids to inherit it.


@ysmina-- A broad shoulder hanger prevents the shoulders of the fur coat from drooping down and losing its shape.

I think the article pretty much covered everything. If you follow those tips, it will be fine. The most important thing is ventilation. Fur is susceptible to absorbing and keeping odors. So make sure you keep it in an odor-free, well ventilated place and in a cotton bag.

Since this coat is really valuable to you, it might actually be a good idea to keep it in a fur refrigerator. This is a special refrigerator that maintains the optimal temperature, moisture and air for fur. You don't need to buy one, you can rent one.


What's the reason for hanging a fur coat on a broad shoulder hanger?

I inherited my grandmother's vintage beaver fur coat. I had seen it on her one time and said that it's beautiful. Unfortunately, she passed away a few months ago and specifically left this coat to me. I know she loved it and she cared for it really well. It's so old but still looks brand new.

I want to care for this coat as she had. Every time I see it or use it, it will remind me of her. The recommendations in the article are great. I'm planning on having it professionally cleaned soon before I store it. In case I do wear it though, is there anything else I need to know aside from what was already mentioned?

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      Moth balls.