How Do I Care for a Rabbit Fur Coat?

Updated April 17, 2017

Soft, luxuriously warm rabbit fur is a popular natural material for coats. More durable and less expensive than chinchilla and other delicate furs, rabbit fur is used in trims, short jackets, full-length coats and cold-weather accessories. Fur last longest stored in cool temperatures with space to breathe and gentle spot cleaning for daily care. Professional fur care specialists can help with thorough cleaning and long-term storage. Rabbit fur coats will stay supple and beautiful for many years if cared for properly.

Store rabbit fur coats in a closet with plenty of breathing room. As a natural textile, fur needs air circulation and space to remain fresh and fluffy. Use a wide, padded hanger to hang the coat, which will support the coat's weight and won't poke the shoulders out of proportion. Make sure other clothes aren't crushing the coat or matting the fur, and don't store the coat in a bag.

Keep the coat away from heat and humidity. Heat causes the fur and leather to crack and break. Humidity contributes to mouldering and matting, which gives fur a musty smell and shortens its lifespan considerably.

Don't spray any chemicals or scents, including perfumes, hairspray or room and fabric sanitisers, near the fur. Fur absorbs odours and they're difficult to remove. Avoid storing the coat in a closet with cedar blocks or mothballs.

Spot clean any minor stains or spills on the fur by hand. Dampen a cloth towel and gently pat the spot to remove the substance. Never rub the fur.

Dry the coat if it gets wet by hanging it in a well-ventilated area. Don't use a hairdryer or radiator to dry it, as the heat will make the fur's fibres brittle.

Take the coat to a professional fur care specialist immediately if the coat gets soaked through or suffers a major spill or stain.

Have the coat cleaned by a professional furrier at least once a year. Specialists are equipped to clean fur with a special tumbling process, whereas most dry cleaners are not.

Give the coat to a commercial cold-storage company for seasonal storage. Cold storage preserves the coat's beauty in a specially designed room with controlled temperature, humidity and light.

Things You'll Need

  • Wide padded hanger
  • Soft cotton cloth
  • Water
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