Possum Fur Maintenance & Cleaning
Brush your possum fur throws and blankets regularly but gently with a carding comb type brush. We sell a sheepskin brush with metal prongs and this keeps the fur from tangling and fluffs it up to look like new. Be careful not to tear the leather but don't worry if the brush seems to be pulling out some fur, this is just the loose hairs that naturally occurs at the base of the possum pelt.
Dry-Cleaning Possum Fur
All furs should only be cleaned by a high quality professional dry-cleaner
. It is a very specialized process and uses special chemicals and techniques. No matter what other websites say,
furs can-not be dry-cleaned like fabric, it is not that simple, not all dry-cleaning companies have the right skills. It really does use a special set of chemicals (hydro-carbons) and other techniques to clean a fur properly to extend its life, so don't be fooled.
Sometimes the backing on the fur throw
or fur blanket
needs to be removed and treated separately if it is badly soiled. The fur specialist will then check your fur for any weakened areas or holes and repair or replace fur pelts if necessary.
Email or call us to discuss options ph 09 522 1050 (NZ only). We can offer New Zealand customers a NZ$10 discount voucher for our preferred Auckland dry-cleaner who specialize in fur cleaning. They will advise you if you fur can be cleaned or not. Some furs are so fragile that they may not survive the cleaning process and all cleaning is done at your own risk.
Spot Cleaning Possum Fur at Home
Most NZ possum furs are tanned using a standard technique called "fur dressing" which is very good but does not react well to water (once manufactured into a throw or blanket). Fur pelts will warp and shrivel if you get "dressed" fur pelts too wet. From June 2017 Gorgeous Creatures have decided to change our tanning technique to one that while more expensive, is also much easier to maintain and clean.
Using this special tanning technique means that a possum fur throw or blanket will survive if it gets a little bit wet and you can spot clean more easily and successfully. You still CANNOT wash fur of any kind. We assume that most other brands use "fur dressing" for most natural possum fur products. So follow these simple instructions and do not use too much water or get the leather pelts wet unless you know how the furs where originally tanned.
At home minor spills on possum fur throws and blankets can be soaked up with a paper towel or sponge. It is possible to gently wipe the fur in the direction that the fur grows with a clean damp cloth or sponge but make sure that no water gets through to the leather underneath the fur. For oily spills use very very fine sawdust (untreated and not pine) soaked in white spirits. Rub gently into the dirty area of fur, leave for 1/2 an hour and then brush out all the sawdust. You can iron the fur with brown paper in between the fur and iron to fluff it up again.
Possum Fur Repair Service
We can facilitate the repair of your possum fur throw, blanket or fur coat in New Zealand. Each project is unique depending on the age of the fur and the issues like split skins, holes, weak areas of leather, dry and dull matted fur, furs that need to be replaced etc. Not all furs can be repaired. Sometimes a possum fur throw has simply worn out beyond repair and it is better to buy a new one.
We can't quote or estimate until our furrier has seen the fur throw or blanket and the cost for this review is $50 (this covers the courier to and from our furrier and a small amount of time to assess the situation and work out a estimate price for the repair). Sometimes we need to open the throw up to see what is really happening inside before we can quote.
Expect to pay a minimum of NZ$150 as a starting point (plus the $50 quote fee)
for a minor repair like a few split seams but this can increase to around $450-$650 or more
if the repairs are extensive and some fur pelts need to be replaced completely. Repairs are done during quiet times but new orders for things like possum fur blankets take first priority, so there can sometimes be a long wait for repairs, sometimes up to 6 months.
A fur coat or jacket repair will cost about NZ$150-$350 but again this will be priced on a case-by-case basis depending on what is required.
Most of this cost is labour. Old fur coats or jackets are often too brittle to repair. Once a fur coat smelly musty there is nothing that can be done to rescue it other than airing in a shaded place, never put fur in direct sunlight.
Issues that we often see in old possum fur throws and blankets:-
- Fur skins splitting open along the seams
- Fur skins spitting and tearing in the middle of the pelt (the leather is perished - this can not be repaired)
- Weak leather that is disintegrating and brittle and easily pulls apart
- Fur that is dull and dry looking
- Fur that has faded in colour (we can't do anything to help sorry - fur can not be re-dyed)
- Fur that is knotted and matted
- Fur that is sticky with food and drink spills
- Fur that animals have urinated on and the leather has rotted or it smells
- Fabric lining that is dirty and needs cleaning or replacing
- Insect damage
What we can do to help fix your old possum fur throw or blanket:-
- Suggest an Auckland based dry-cleaner and gift you a NZ$10 discount voucher (NZ only)
- Replace or remove and clean the fabric backing
- Replace a few fur pelts (it is best to use pelts from your existing fur throw by removing a row to then use those furs to replace any that can not be repaired - new fur pelts would stand out too much and make the rest of the throw look terrible - we could never match the colours of new pelts to old pelts)
- Brush up the furs to fluff them up and remove knots
- Clean the fur with special fur techniques and treatments
- Use a special silicon spray treatment to restore some shine and de-tangle
- Reinforce seams so they will be less likely to split again
- Check the fur throw for other issues that you may not be aware of yet