Dos and don’ts of washing faux fur
5-step guide to washing faux fur
Research your garment and prepare for washing:
Before washing, check the care label on the faux fur item for any specific instructions provided by the manufacturer. Hand washing is preferred, but if you must use a machine, prepare a gentle cycle and a mesh laundry bag to protect the item.
Wash with cold water and mild detergent:
Fill a sink or basin with cold water and add a small amount of mild, gentle detergent. Submerge the faux fur item in the soapy water. If using a washing machine, set it to a gentle cycle with cold water and use a mild detergent.
Gently agitate and rinse:
If hand washing, gently agitate the faux fur in the water to dislodge dirt and stains. Do not wring or twist the fabric. Rinse thoroughly with cold water, ensuring all detergent is removed. If using a washing machine, the rinse cycle will take care of this step.
Remove excess water and air dry:
Gently press the faux fur between your hands or against the side of the sink to remove excess water. Do not wring or twist the fabric. Lay the faux fur item flat on a clean, dry towel and allow it to air dry, away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
Fluff and brush the fur:
Once the faux fur is completely dry, use a wide-tooth comb or soft brush to gently fluff and detangle the fibers, restoring their original appearance.
Can I machine wash faux fur?
While hand washing is the preferred method for washing faux fur, you can machine wash it on a gentle cycle using cold water and a mild detergent. Place the item in a mesh laundry bag to protect it during the wash.
Can I use bleach or fabric softeners on faux fur?
No, avoid using bleach, fabric softeners, or harsh chemicals on faux fur, as they can damage the fibers and affect the texture and appearance of the fabric.
Can I dry faux fur in a tumble dryer?
It is not recommended to use a tumble dryer or any heat-based drying methods on faux fur. Air drying is the best option, as it helps maintain the fabric’s texture and appearance.
How do I remove stains from faux fur?
Treat stains by gently dabbing them with a cloth or sponge soaked in cold water and mild detergent. Be careful not to rub the stain, as this may damage the fibers. If the stain persists, you can try spot-cleaning the area using a gentle stain remover before proceeding with the washing steps.
How do I store faux fur items after washing?
Once the faux fur item is completely dry, fluffed, and brushed, store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Avoid folding or compressing the faux fur, as this can cause the fibers to become matted or misshapen.
Can I iron faux fur to remove wrinkles?
It is not recommended to iron faux fur, as the heat can damage the fibers and alter the texture. Instead, gently shake and brush the faux fur to help remove any wrinkles or kinks in the fibers.
How often should I wash my faux fur items?
The frequency of washing depends on the item’s usage and exposure to dirt, stains, or odors. Generally, it is best to wash faux fur only when necessary to maintain its appearance and texture. Spot cleaning small areas as needed can help extend the time between full washes.