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How to clean a rabbit fur hat

Updated February 21, 2017

When it comes to cleaning all types of fur, you are a little limited in how intensively you can clean a fur garment. Because fur comes from an animal and is so fragile and delicate, often requiring very specific environments for storage, cleaning it is an equally delicate process. For example, you cannot put a fur garment in the washing machine or scrub it with a soapy rag. Nevertheless, there steps you can take to clean your rabbit fur hat and improve its appearance without seeking the help of professional cleaners or a furrier.

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  1. Take the hat outside and hold each side of the hat with either hand. Hold the fur hat upside down.

  2. Shake the hat vigorously. If there is an active breeze or wind, let the fresh air blow through the fur. This is useful particularly if your hat has been in storage for awhile and has a mothball or musty smell.

  3. Stroke the fur gently with your hand to remove any implanted, stuck-on or dried-on debris.

  4. Brush the fur in the direction of the grain with a soft, natural-bristle hair brush. This will help remove any embedded dust.

  5. Tip

    Store your fur hat wrapped in tissue paper in a cardboard box. Never keep your fur in a plastic bag as it needs to breathe. If your fur gets wet, shake it out and let it air dry. Keep it away from heat at all times. Always keep your fur away from direct sunlight. Take your rabbit fur hat to a furrier once a year for more intensive cleaning.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft natural-bristle hair brush

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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