How to Clean Fur Coats at Home

Updated February 16, 2017

A beautiful fur coat is an expensive, yet decadent wardrobe investment that requires a precise and meticulous cleaning regimen to restore dirty, greasy or wet pelts. A professional furrier uses a combination of sawdust and special cleansing agents to clean your mink, sable or fox fur coat. For fur coat collectors who want to clean their coats at home, you can follow steps similar to what the experts do to rid a soiled fur of dirt without harming the garment.

Spot clean your wet fur coats to remove any excess moisture. A fur coats may become wet after exposure to the snow or rain. After wearing, shake the coat to remove the water. Dab the excess water with a clean cotton cloth. Do not rub the fur coat to get rid of the water; fur pelts become extremely fragile when wet and may tear. Let the coat dry in a cool and well-ventilated area overnight.

Brush your fur coat with your fingers to identify the soiled areas. After combing through the coat, hang it on a wooden hanger to allow you to identify all soiled or wet areas on the fur coat. Use a wooden hanger instead of a wire hanger to maintain the shape of the coat.

Cover a large table with garbage bags. After the fur coat has dried completely, place the coat on top of the garbage bag-covered table.

Find the dry dirt and grease spots on the fur. Place a handkerchief over your mouth to prevent any intake of the sawdust particles. Place gloves on your fingers before spreading the sawdust lightly on the soiled areas. Let the sawdust remain on the stains for a maximum of two hours.

Place the vacuum cleaner on its lowest setting. Graze the top of the fur with the hose attachment to remove the sawdust and the dirt or oil stains.

Take your fur coats to a professional for repair if any stains or odours remain.


Do not attempt to dry your wet fur coats using a blow dryer. If your fur coats appear matted after exposure to rain or snow, do not brush or comb the fur pelts. Use your fingers to separate the fur pieces.

Things You'll Need

  • Large wooden hanger
  • Sawdust
  • Handkerchief
  • Large plastic bags
  • Gloves
  • Heavy-duty wet/dry vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
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Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.